Immigrating to Australia in 1978 from the United States of America, Mike arrived in Western Australia in 1982. After working in different roles for a number of organisations, including the World Bank and the Institute of Public Affairs, Mike entered State Parliament in 2008.
Mike holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and in 2000 was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for his contribution to public policy in Australia.
After finishing school, Mike made ends meet by working on the family farm, trimming trees as a labourer and starting his own rural trucking business. These early working years gave Mike an affinity with people from all walks of life and a love of nature.
Mike has spent his life advocating for genuine solutions that will expand opportunity for everyone. From 21 March 2017 to 13 June 2019 he was Leader of the Opposition, and is currently the Shadow Minister for Planning; and Shadow Minister for Asian Engagement.
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Riverton Electorate Map
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Statistical Profile of the Riverton Electorate
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About the Riverton Electorate
Number of Electors: 25,200 (9 March 2015)
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information.
Nomenclature: Riverton derives its name from its location on the banks of the Canning River. The area was subdivided in 1914, and Riverton was referred to locally as Riverton Bridge in 1937 to avoid confusion with the South Australian suburb of Riverton. This name was never formally approved and officially the suburb has always been Riverton.
(Source: Western Australia. Department of Land Administration. Names and Places. )
Suburbs/Towns: Bull Creek, Brentwood*, Mount Pleasant*, Riverton*, Rossmoyne, Shelley and Willetton.
* = Suburb/Town split between more than one District.
Source: Western Australian Electoral Commission. State Electorate Information
Bull Creek Primary School
Burrendah Primary School
Oberthur Primary School
Riverton Primary School
Rossmoyne Primary School
Rossmoyne Senior High School
Rostrata Primary School
Shelley Primary School
Willetton Primary School
Willetton Senior High School
All Saints' College
Queen of Apostles School
Orana Catholic Primary School
* Election analysis
Successive Members for the Riverton District
Constituency created under the Redistribution of Seats 1988
b = by-election