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Mr Peter Abetz MLA BAgriSci (Hons)
House:Legislative Assembly
Party:Liberal Party
Electorate:Southern River
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Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook
Former Member for Southern River (6 September 2008 to 11 March 2017)
Liberal Party


Elected to the Thirty-Eighth Parliament for Southern River on 6 September 2008 in succession to Paul William Andrews (defeated). Re-elected 2013. Defeated at the general election of 11 March 2017 for the seat of Southern River by Terry Healy (ALP).

Parliamentary Appointments

Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 16 April 2013 to 30 January 2017.

Standing Committees

Member Education and Health Standing Committee from 13 November 2008 to 30 January 2013. (Deputy Chair from 26 May 2010 to 17 August 2011).
Member Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation from 23 May 2013 to 30 January 2017. (Chairman from 10 June 2013 to 30 January 2017).



Born 17 December 1952, Stuttgart, Germany.
Arrived in Australia in 1961, arrived in Western Australia in 1991.

Marital Status


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Parliament

BAgrSci (Hons), BD. Minister of Religion.


The electorate of Southern River is located in the South Metropolitan Region and includes parts of the Cities of Gosnells and Canning; including all of the localities of Canning Vale, Huntingdale and Southern River.
Enrolment (9 March 2015) 28,006; area: 38 sq kms.