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Members’ biographical register

Hon Batong Vu Pham

Date: 18 June 1967
Place: Ba Ria (16 kilometres from Long Tan), Vietnam
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 14 February 1979 as a refugee from Vietnam via Malaysia
Son of Vo Van Pham and Diep Ngoc Thi Nguyen
Marriage and Family
Married 1 February 1997, Perth, WA to Thuy Do, daughter of Mong Van Do and Thanh Thi Tran
Children: two sons
Educated St Brigid’s High School, (Midland) and La Salle College—Assoc Dip Bus Admin
Research officer
Employment History
Self employed and research officer for Margaret Quirk MLA and then John D’ Orazio MLA for six years
Joined Australian Labor Party 1996
Date Elected
29 November 2007
Inaugural Speech

Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Batong Pham
Pham, Batong Vu, Valedictory speech.pdf
Year Retired/Resigned
East Metropolitan
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC East Metropolitan Region 29 November 2007 (elected on recount to fill casual vacancy)–21 May 2009. Elected to the Thirty-Seventh Parliament for East Metropolitan Region on 29 November 2007 to fill vacancy upon resignation of Hon Louise Pratt on 29 October 2007. Retired 21 May 2009.
  • Contested South Metropolitan Region 6 September 2008

Historical Notes
  • First member of Parliament of Western Australia born in Vietnam
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 210.
Parliament of Western Australia, Former Members, Parliament of Western Australia website, accessed 21 May 2014.
Western Australian Parliamentary Debates, 8 April 2008.