It's my honour to stand here today to congratulate the Mark McGowan WA Labor team on their tremendous victory in the state election on Saturday 13 March just gone. It is a testament to the way in which the McGowan government has approached government in the state of Western Australia, particularly over this last year during the COVID pandemic. They knew it was important to prioritise keeping Western Australians safe. They knew it was important to make sure that they prioritised keeping Western Australia strong by keeping our resources industry and our construction industry powering ahead to support the state and the nation whilst keeping Western Australians safe from harm, in particular with their strong border—the strong border that Clive Palmer and Scott Morrison wanted to bring down.
Western Australians spoke strong and sure this weekend when they re-elected the Mark McGowan Labor government. In the electorate of Burt that I represent, I am so proud to have been able to stand with, support and see re-elected the member for Armadale, Dr Tony Buti MLA; the member for Southern River, Terry Healy; the member for Thornlie, Chris Tallentire; the member for Jandakot, Yaz Mubarakai; and the member for Cannington, Bill Johnston. Not only that, but we saw the election of Hugh Jones in the seat of Darling Range. Hugh Jones, who spent 30 years in the Navy, will be an excellent contributor to the state parliament of Western Australia. I say congratulations to them all.