John McGrath (Western Australian politician)

John McGrath (Western Australian politician)

Infobox MLA | name =John McGrath

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nationality =Australian
order =
term_start =26 February 2005
term_end =
deputy =
predecessor =Phillip Pendal
successor =
birth_date =28 April 1957
birth_place =Fremantle, Western Australia Western Australia
constituency =South Perth
party =Liberal
spouse =
profession =
education =
religion =

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John Edwin McGrath (born 17 June 1947 in Fremantle, Western Australia) is a Western Australian politician and has been the Liberal member for the electorate of South Perth in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since the 2005 election. [cite web|url=|title=John McGrath MLA - Biography|year=2006|accessdate=2008-06-11]

Before entering Parliament McGrath was a journalist [cite web|url=,+John+Edwin?opendocument|title=Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook
] [cite web|url=| Journalists in Parliament|year=2006|accessdate=2008-06-11] and held several positions including Sports Editor, Chief Football Writer and Bureau Chief in Melbourne covering sport for "The West Australian".McGrath was elected with a swing of 14.2% following the retirement of Phillip Pendal and holds the seat by a margin of 5.8% [cite web|url=|title=ABC News Online - West Australian Election 2005|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-11] , he was appointed the Opposition Spokesperson on Seniors, Racing and Gaming and Liquor licensing in 2005 and in 2008 was appointed as Shadow Minister of Road Safety and Housing and Works.

In 2008, McGrath was cleared by the Corruption and Crime Commission in relation to dealings with lobbyist Brian Burke. Burke approached McGrath in order to move a parliamentary motion that Burke had prepared, but the CCC were unable to determine whether the motion would favour Burke in any way. [cite web|url=|title=ABC Online News - CCC clears MPs over Burke dealings|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-10] McGrath was supported by the leader of the Opposition, Troy Buswell, who brought no action against him. [cite web|url=|title=ABC Online News - Three MPs cleared by CCC over links to Burke|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-10] Opposition Police spokesman, Rob Johnson, accused Buswell of giving McGrath favourable treatment and called for his sacking. [cite web|url=,21598,23857870-5017005,00.html|title=Perthnow - Troy Buswell firm on backing John McGrath|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-10]


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