Paul was born in Bunbury, and raised in the small country town of Burekup before joining the Navy at 15 years of age in 1978. His military career lasted 26 years, during which time he became a Navy Clearance Diver, served in the counter terrorist squadron of the Special Air Service Regiment and deployed twice to Iraq on operations.
The military provided many opportunities to develop and exercise leadership and Paul was fortunate to have served as Commanding Officer of a Clearance Diving Team and a Patrol Boat. His final military posting was as manager of the Navy’s Submarine Escape and Rescue Service.
After leaving the military in 2004 he ran a small business before being elected to represent the seat of Peel at a by-election in February 2007. He currently holds the portfolios of Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.
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