- Brendon Grylls
Infobox MLA | name =Brendon Grylls
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24 November 2001
5 June 1973
Electoral district of Central Wheatbelt
National Party of Western Australia
website = [http://www.myspace.com/gryllsy Brendon Grylls MySpace] |
Brendon John Grylls (born 5 June 1973 in
Perth, Western Australia) is a Australian politician and is currently the Member for Central Wheatbelt in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, as well as the Leader of the National Party of Western Australia. [ [http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/web/newwebparl.nsf/iframewebpages/Legislative+Assembly+-+Current+Members West Australian Parliamentary biography] ] [ [http://www.nationalswa.com/New%20MP%20pages/BG.aspx Profile - The Nationals WA profile] ]
His political career began in November 2001 when he contested and won a state
by-electionfollowing the retirement of former Nationals Leader Hendy Cowanto become the Member for Merredin. Following a redistribution in 2008, Merredin was largely incorporated into the new Central Wheatbelt Electoral district.
Grylls was the Shadow Minister for Environment and the Wheatbelt in the Liberal-National Coalition prior to the 2005 election. In June 2005 Grylls challenged then Leader
Max Trenordento become the new leader of the Parliamentary National Party of Australia (WA).
Since becoming party leader, Grylls has pushed for an independent National Party and had refused to enter into a
coalitionwith either of the major parties before the 2008 State election.
During vote counting on election night when it was apparent that the party was likely to hold a balance of power, possibly in both houses, Grylls reiterated his stance of requiring that the Government deliver 25 per cent of mining and petroleum royalties for reinvestment in regional projects, as outlined in the
Royalties for Regions policy. He also said that he would have no problem forming an coalition with the Australian Labor Partyif it promised to deliver under the policy. [cite news|url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/07/2357626.htm?site=local|title=Grylls playing hard to get in WA power stakes|work=ABC News Online|date=September 7, 2008|accessdate=2008-09-09]
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