Luke Simpkins

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Luke Simpkins
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cowan
In office
24 November 2007 – 2 July 2016
Preceded by Graham Edwards
Succeeded by Anne Aly
Personal details
Born Luke Xavier Linton Simpkins
(1964-06-08) 8 June 1964 (age 52)
Sydney, New South Wales
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Military service
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1988–2002
Rank Major
Unit Royal Australian Corps of Military Police

Luke Xavier Linton Simpkins (born 8 June 1964) is a former Australian politician. He has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives , representing the electorate of Cowan in Western Australia from 2007 till the Federal Election of 2016.

He was born in Sydney, and attended Sydney Boys High School from 1976–1981.[1] In tertiary education, Simpkins has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Security Management from Edith Cowan University. He was a member of the Australian Federal Police from 1986 to 1987, an army officer from 1988 to 2002, a security consultant 2003 to 2004 and 2007, and a ministerial adviser from 2005 to 2006. His army service included a stint as a cadet at the Royal Military College, Duntroon from 1988 to 1989, and as an officer in the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police from 1989 to 2002; when he resigned in 2002, he was a commissioned officer with the rank of major.[2][3] Simpkins is also a former Australian and State representative in the sport of rowing, having won two national and six state championships.[4]

Political history[edit]

Simpkins first attempted to enter politics in 2004, contesting the seat of Cowan at the 2004 federal election for the Liberal Party against veteran Labor incumbent Graham Edwards. He was defeated by Edwards, but received an unexpectedly strong vote, receiving a 8.2% primary vote swing towards him, with the result being unclear for several days.[5][6]

Edwards retired at the 2007 election, and Simpkins won the seat against new Labor candidate Liz Prime with a 2.5% swing, one of only four pro-Coalition swings in Australia and the only new House seat won by the Liberal Party.[7][8] He was re-elected with a 4.75% swing against former Lord Mayor of Perth Chas Hopkins at the 2010 election, and again with a slight swing against at the 2013 election.[9][10]

On 6 February 2015 Simpkins announced that he would move a motion, at a meeting of the party room, for a spill of the federal Liberal Party's leadership positions (the motion was seconded by fellow WA Liberal Don Randall). Simpkins stated that such a motion would give Liberal members of parliament and senators the opportunity to either endorse the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott or "seek a new direction."[11] The meeting was held on 9 February 2015 and the spill motion was defeated 61 votes to 39.[12]

Political views[edit]

Simpkins is an outspoken social conservative. He was one of six Liberal MPs (including fellow West Australian MPs Wilson Tuckey, Dennis Jensen and the late Don Randall as well as Sophie Mirabella and the late Alby Schultz) to leave the house in protest to the apology to the Stolen Generations. Simpkins declared that he worried "that it could lock in negativity about the future", that indigenous people were no longer denied employment opportunities, and that he would "again back children being taken in this situation".[13][14]

He has attacked halal food, declaring in 2011 "by having Australians unwittingly eating Halal food, then we are all one step down the path of conversion, and that is a step we should only make with full knowledge and not be imposed upon us unknowingly."[15][16] His position was criticised by Labor MP Chris Bowen.[17]

He has supported banning the burqa in Australia.[18]

He has also supported sleep deprivation torture as a means of gaining information.[19]

Simpkins opposes same-sex marriage.[20]


  1. ^ "Members of Parliaments and Legislatures Australia" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Mr Luke Simpkins MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Luke". Luke Simpkins MP. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Q & A: Seat Profiles: Cowan". ABC TV. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Election 2004 - WA Division - Cowan". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Liberal swing felt across the state". The West Australian. 11 October 2004. 
  7. ^ Burrell, Andrew (26 November 2007). "All politics is local for Liberal hero". Australian Financial Review. 
  8. ^ "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Election 2010 - WA Division - Cowan". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Election 2013 - WA Division - Cowan". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  11. ^ The West Australian 6 February 2015. Accessed 6 February 2015.
  12. ^ ABC News 9 February 2015. Accessed 9 February 2015.
  13. ^ Fraser, Andrew (14 February 2008). "Healing the wounds". The Canberra Times. 
  14. ^ "Coalition clears way for Parliament apology on Stolen Generation". The West Australian. 7 February 2008. 
  15. ^ "Sausage debate flares up locally". Wanneroo Times. 29 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "MP's halal claim". The West Australian. 26 November 2011. 
  17. ^ NICK BUTTERLY (25 November 2011). "Halal meat converting Aussies: MP". THE WEST AUSTRALIAN. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Tillett, Andrew (20 September 2014). "WA Liberal MP backs calls to ban the burqa". The West Australian. 
  19. ^ "MP supports sleep deprivation torture". The Herald-Sun. 23 February 2010. 
  20. ^ "Too early for same sex marriage vote". Wanneroo Times. 7 December 2010. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Graham Edwards
Member for Cowan
Succeeded by
Anne Aly