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Mr Paul Papalia

Principal Honours
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
Date: 12 July 1962
Place: Bunbury, Western Australia
Son of Frank Papalia, leading hand with Water Corporation, and Edna Margaret Moore, dental nurse and school cleaner
Marriage and Family
Married 16 April 1995, Tumblegum Farm, WA to Gillian Patricia Hayden, daughter of Patrick Dennis Wilson Hayden and Patricia Violet Weston
Children: two sons
Church of England
Educated Burekup Primary School and Bunbury Senior High School
Royal Australian Naval College 1978–1982
Clearance Diver Course 1987
Special Air Service Regiment selection course and reinforcement training 1988–1989
Royal Navy Mine Warfare course UK 1991
Royal Australian Navy Staff College 1998
Queensland University of Technology—Grad Dip Bus Admin 1998-1999
Naval officer and businessperson
Employment History
Royal Australian Naval College 1978–1981
Seaman Officer with Royal Australian Navy 1982–1986
Special Air Service Regiment Counter Terrorist Squadron 1989–1990
Chemical Destruction Group of United Nations Special Commission in Iraq 1992–1993 (awarded Conspicuous Service Cross and Land Commander Australia Commendation)
Commanding Officer Australian Clearance Diving Team Four 1993–1995
Commanding Officer HMAS Bunbury 1998–2000
Executive Officer Australian Clearance Diving Team Three in Iraq 2003
Manager Australian submarine escape and rescue service 2003–January 2004 (awarded Maritime Commander Australia Commendation)
With wife owned and operated two small businesses including property development 2004–2007
Member of Australian Labor Party from 25 November 2006
Date Elected
3 February 2007
Inaugural Speech

Inaugural Video
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Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Peel 3 February 2007 (by-election)–6 September 2008 (electorate abolished in redistribution). Elected to the Thirty-Seventh Parliament for Peel at the by-election on 3 February 2007 held to fill the vacancy consequent upon the resignation of Norman Richard Marlborough. Electorate abolished in the redistribution of 2007.
  • MLA Warnbro from 6 September 2008–present. Elected to the Thirty-Eighth Parliament for Warnbro (new seat) on 6 September 2008. Re-elected 2013 and 2017.

  • Shadow Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Citizenship, Multicultural Interests, Corrective Services from 26 September 2008 to 8 April 2009
  • Shadow Minister for Local Government, from 8 April 2009 to 27 January 2012
  • Shadow Minister for Education, Agriculture and Food from 27 January 2012 to 9 April 2013
  • Shadow Minister for Corrective Services, Tourism, Defence Issues, Gascoyne, Goldfields–Esperance from 9 April 2013 to 26 June 2015
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism, Corrective Services, Defence Issues from 26 June 2015–11 March 2017
  • Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 17 March 2017 to 6 April 2017
  • Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests from 6 April 2017 to present

  • Member, Education and Health Standing Committee for the purpose only of the inquiry into the Cause and Extent of Lead Pollution in the Esperance Area from 4 April 2007 to 6 September 2007
  • Member, Education and Health Standing Committee from 7 September 2007 to 7 August 2008
  • Member, Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission from 22 May 2013 (Deputy Chairman from 23 May 2013) to 19 February 2014
  • Member, Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation from 11 February 2014 to 30 January 2017
Member Clearance Diving Association WA branch
Supporter Navy Clearance Divers Trust
Patron Totally and Partially Disabled Veterans Association WA
Patron Port Kennedy RSL
Patron Secret Harbour Dockers Football Club
Patron Peel Riding for the Disabled
Vice Patron Secret Harbour Surf Club
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. 203.
Parliament of Western Australia website. Current Members. Accessed 2 June 2015.