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Parliamentary Friendship Groups

Parliamentary Friendship Groups are informal groups established by Members of the Parliament of Western Australia to raise awareness of, or increase liaison with, a particular group, organisation or issue. These groups are not formal entities of the Parliament.

Guidelines govern the establishment of Parliamentary Friendship Groups.

The Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care

Convenors:

Hon. Nick Goiran MLC, Member for South Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9398 3800; Email: nick.goiran@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care group is open for Members from either House of the Parliament of Western Australia and of any party to join.

The objects of the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care are to:

  • to facilitate communication between people and organisations working in palliative care and Members of Parliament;
  • to provide opportunities for Members of Parliament to learn about palliative care needs and services and the issues involved in palliative care provision;
  • to increase awareness and raise the profile of palliative care in the community generally; and
  • to promote an understanding of palliative care in accordance with the World Health Organisation’s definition of palliative care, noting in particular that palliative care “intends neither to hasten or postpone death”, and that this definition of palliative care has been endorsed by Palliative Care Australia and Palliative Care WA.

The Parliamentary Friends of People with Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases

Convenors:

Hon. Matthew Swinbourn MLC, Member for East Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9452 8311; Email: swinbourn.emetro@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, Member for East Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9379 0840; Email: faragher.eastmetro@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Stephen Pratt MLC, Member for South Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9364 4277; Email: stephen.pratt@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of People with Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases group is open for Members from either House of the Parliament of Western Australia and of any party to join.

The objects of the Parliamentary Friends of People with Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases are to:

  • provide opportunities for members of Parliament to learn about the needs of people with rare and undiagnosed diseases, as well as the challenges and opportunities involved in providing care and services to them;
  • facilitate communication between people and organisations working with people with rare and undiagnosed diseases and Members of Parliament;
  • increase awareness and raise the profile of rare and undiagnosed diseases in the community generally;
  • raise awareness of the role and opportunity of innovation, data, research, policy and national/international partnerships in rare disease;
  • promote an understanding of the work undertaken by health professionals, researchers and organisations who provide care and services to people who live with rare and undiagnosed diseases.
  • champion initiatives that seek to deliver improved outcomes for people with rare and undiagnosed diseases, and their families.

The Parliamentary Friends of Cricket

Convenors:

Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA
Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports,
Member for West Swan
Ph: (08) 6552 5500; Email: minister.saffioti@dpc.wa.gov.au

Ms Libby Mettam MLA
Shadow Minister for Health; Mental Health; Disability Services; Prevention of Family & Domestic Violence
Member for Vasse
Ph: (08) 9752 1949; Email: libby.mettam@mp.wa.gov.au

Mr Peter Rundle MLA
Shadow Minister for Education & Training; Sports & Recreation; Racing & Gaming
Member for Roe,
Ph: (08) 9881 1225; Email: peter.rundle@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of Cricket is open to all Members and is an informal group of WA State Parliamentarians with a common interest in cricket to help promote, support and encourage involvement in Australia's favourite sport

There are no obligations in being involved; all that is required is a passion and enthusiasm for cricket. The Parliamentary Friends of Cricket is a means of the Western Australian Cricket Association to keep Members of Parliament up to date with everything that is happening in cricket in Western Australia.

The Parliamentary Friends of Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren

Convenors:

Dr Katrina Stratton MLA, Member for Nedlands
Ph: (08) 9386 3064; Email: katrina.stratton.mla@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Dr Brad Pettitt MLC, Member for South Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9486 8255; Email: brad.pettitt@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Peter Foster MLC, Member for Mining and Pastoral Region
Ph: (08) 9144 4187; Email: peter.foster@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren is open to all Members. It brings together WA State Parliamentarians with a shared interest in and commitment to promoting, supporting and encouraging the role of and improved outcomes for grandparent carers and the children they are raising:

  • to facilitate communication between grandparent carers, service providers and other relevant stakeholders and Members of Parliament;
  • to provide opportunities for Members of Parliament to better understand the lived experience of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren;
  • to increase awareness and raise the profile of the contribution grandparent carers make to the wellbeing of their grandchildren and to the West Australian community; and
  • champion initiatives that seek to deliver improved outcomes for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

The Parliamentary Friends of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Convenors:

Ms Hannah Beazley MLA, Member for Victoria Park
Ph: (08) 9361 1777; Email: hannah.beazley@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Sophia Moermond MLC, Member for South West Region
Ph: (08) 9486 8106; Email: sophia.moermond@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Martin Pritchard MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9201 0582; Email: martin.pritchard@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be open to all Members of the 41st Parliament from either House to join and/or support.

The objects and aims of the "Parliamentary Friends of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing" are:

  • to facilitate communication between the deaf and hard of hearing community, organisations working in this area and members of Parliament;
  • to provide opportunities for members of Parliament to better learn about the needs and desires of the deaf and hard of hearing in our community;
  • to increase awareness and promote understanding of the challenges faced by those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The Parliamentary Friends of ASEAN, the Indian Subcontinent and Greater China

Convenors:

Dr Jags Krishnan MLA, Member for Riverton
Ph: (08) 9332 1589; Email: jags.krishnan@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Dr Brian Walker MLC, Member for East Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9226 3550; Email: brian.walker@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Pierre Yang MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9380 6957; Email: pierre.yang.mp@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of ASEAN, the Indian Subcontinent and Greater China is open to all Members to join.

The objects and aims of the ASEAN, the Indian Subcontinent and Greater China are:

  • Provide opportunities for all Members of Parliament to establish strong relationships with ASEAN Countries, countries and jurisdictions of the Indian Subcontinent and Greater China regions;
  • Advocate active engagement with all relevant Consuls in Western Australia;
  • Foster cultural links, develop friendly relations and enhance interaction with ASEAN countries and countries and jurisdictions of the Indian Subcontinent and Greater China regions.

The Parliamentary Friends of Netball

Convenors:

Hon. Samantha Rowe MLC, Member for East Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9477 3855; Email: samantha.rowe@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Mia Davies MLA, Member for Central Wheatbelt
Ph: (08) 9041 1702; Email: mia.davies@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of Netball is open to all Members of either House of the Parliament of Western Australia and of any party to join. Western Australia has a long history of netball in this State. Established in 1924, netball has provided opportunities for women and girls across the State to grow and develop, teaching leadership, teamwork, resilience and empowerment. Netball remains the No.1 team sport for girls in Australia. The Parliamentary Friends of Netball seeks to work closely with the netball community in Western Australia to further and strengthen relations with communities across the State, prospective netball members from a diverse range of communities.

The objectives of the Parliamentary Friends of Netball are to:

  • provide opportunities for Members of Parliament to establish and strengthen relationships with the netball community in Western Australia;
  • promote the contribution of netball and the leadership, teamwork and development opportunities, especially of young women and girls to the Western Australian community;
  • expand the reach of netball to the new migrant communities, low socio-economic and Aboriginal communities of Western Australia.

The Parliamentary Friends of Veterans and Veterans' Families

Convenors:

Hon. Dan Caddy MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9301 1896; Email: daniel.caddy@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Colin De Grussa MLC, Member for Agriculture Region
Ph: (08) 9921 4818; Email: colin.degrussa@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of Veterans and Veterans' Families is open to members from either House of Parliament and of any party to join. While the work of Legacy in this area is exceptional, we recognise that there are many other organisations operating in Western Australia from large bodies such as RSLWA through to smaller organisations as well. All of these organisations have helping Veterans and/or Veterans’ Families as a central tenet of what they do and so this friendship group provides a larger umbrella for these organisations as well as recognising at the individual level both our veterans and their families.

The objectives of the Parliamentary Friends of Veterans and Veterans' Families are to:

  • recognise veterans in Western Australia and their families; and
  • promote the cause of those organisations dedicated to the welfare of our veterans and their families through active involvement in fundraising opportunities.

The Parliamentary Friends of Refugees

Convenors:

Ms Hannah Beazley MLA, Member for Victoria Park
Ph: (08) 9361 1777; Email: hannah.beazley@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Kate Doust MLC, Member for South Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9470 3511; Email: doust.southmetro@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Ayor Makur Chuot MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9344 1686; Email: ayor.makurchuot@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon. Dr Brad Pettitt MLC, Member for South Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9486 8255; Email: brad.pettitt@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of Refugees is open to members from either House of Parliament and of any party to join.

The objectives of the Parliamentary Friends of Refugees are to:

  • provide a forum for raising awareness and support of refugees as enshrined within Article 14(1) of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • encourage initiatives to improve the lives of refugees and work to promote and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Western Australia.

The Parliamentary Friends of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement in Western Australia

Convenors:

Mr Yaz Mubarakai MLA
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance; Lands; Sport and Recreation; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
Member for Jandakot
Ph: (08) 9310 8777; Email: yaz.mubarakai@mp.wa.gov.au

Mr Peter Rundle MLA
Shadow Minister for Education & Training; Sports & Recreation; Racing & Gaming
Member for Roe
Ph: (08) 9881 1225; Email: Peter.Rundle@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement in Western Australia is open to all members of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council and will promote the values of Olympism and Paralympism in Western Australia.

The objectives of the Group will be:

  • to promote, raise awareness of and encourage participation in sport for benefits of health, longevity, fitness, skill, achievement, social interaction, wellbeing and other benefits of exercise for all individuals in Western Australia;
  • to promote the fundamental principles and values of Olympism and Paralympism in Western Australia, particularly in the fields of sport, health and education, by promoting Olympic and Paralympic sporting, health and educational programmes in all levels of schools, sports and physical education institutions and universities;
  • to promote practice of sport as a human right where every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play; and
  • to recognise the heritage, culture and contribution of our nation’s first people, and to give practical support to the issue of Indigenous reconciliation through sport.

The Parliamentary Friends for Clean Energy

Convenors:

Mr Geoff Baker MLA
Member for South Perth
Ph: (08) 9368 6270; Email: Geoff.Baker@mp.wa.gov.au

Ms Christine Tonkin MLA
Member for Churchlands
Ph: (08) 9383 7120; Email: Christine.Tonkin@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon Steve Thomas MLC
Member for South West Region
Ph: (08) 9792 5628; Email: Steve.Thomas@mp.wa.gov.au

Hon Dr Brad Pettitt MLC
Member for South Metropolitan Region
Ph: (08) 9486 8255; Email: Brad.Pettitt@mp.wa.gov.au

The Parliamentary Friends for Clean Energy is open to members from either House of the Parliament of Western Australia and of any party to join.

The objectives of the Group are as follows:

  • To advocate for and promote the development of clean energy in Western Australia.
  • To identify opportunities for clean energy development in the State.
  • To quantify and promote the role clean energy can make to the State’s climate change response.
  • To engage with experts in the field of clean energy.
  • To inform Members of Parliament of the potential that clean energy represents.