Tony Simpson

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Tony Simpson
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
6 September 2008 – 11 March 2017
Preceded by John Day
Succeeded by Barry Urban
Constituency Darling Range
In office
26 February 2005 – 6 September 2008
Preceded by None (new seat)
Succeeded by None (abolished)
Constituency Serpentine-Jarrahdale
Personal details
Born (1965-07-15) 15 July 1965 (age 51)
Frankston, Victoria
Political party Liberal

Anthony James "Tony" Simpson (born 15 July 1965) is an Australian politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 2005 to 2017. He served as a minister in the government of Colin Barnett from March 2013 to September 2016. Simpson ran a bakery before entering politics.

Early life[edit]

Simpson was born in Melbourne to Rita (née Bailey) and Charles Simpson. His family moved to Wyndham, Western Australia, in 1970, and later to Perth, where he attended CBC Leederville (now Aranmore Catholic College). After leaving school, Simpson worked in the family bakery, and later opened his own business in Byford. He served on the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire Council from 2001 to 2005.[1]

Politics[edit]

Simpson entered parliament at the 2005 state election, winning the newly created seat of Serpentine-Jarrahdale with 51.2 percent of the two-party-preferred vote.[2] He was included in the shadow ministry of Matt Birney immediately after being elected, and subsequently served as a shadow minister under three more leaders of the oppositionPaul Omodei, Troy Buswell, and Colin Barnett. At the 2008 state election, Simpson transferred to the seat of Darling Range, where the sitting member, John Day, had himself transferred to the seat of Kalamunda.[3]

After the 2008 election, Simpson was made a parliamentary secretary in the new ministry formed by Colin Barnett. He served in that position until July 2011, when he was instead made government whip. After the 2013 election, Simpson was made Minister for Local Government, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Seniors and Volunteering, and Minister for Youth.[3] He resigned from the ministry in September 2016, citing a lack of support for the government and Colin Barnett's leadership of the Liberal Party.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony (Tony) James Simpson, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ Serpentine-Jarrahdale (Key Seat), Western Australia Election 2005, ABC News. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Hon. Anthony (Tony) James Simpson MLA, Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  4. ^ "WA Liberal leadership: Minister Tony Simpson resigns over loss of faith in Premier Colin Barnett", ABC News, 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
Parliament of Western Australia
New seat Member for Serpentine-Jarrahdale
2005–2008
Abolished
Preceded by
John Day
Member for Darling Range
2008–2017
Succeeded by
Barry Urban
Political offices
Preceded by
John Castrilli
Minister for Local Government
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Paul Miles
Preceded by
Robyn McSweeney
Minister for Community Services
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Paul Miles
Preceded by
Robyn McSweeney
Minister for Seniors and Volunteering
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Paul Miles
Preceded by
Robyn McSweeney
Minister for Youth
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Paul Miles