Hon Simone McGurk MLA
Simone is the State Labor Member for Fremantle, and the Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services.
As a Minister in the McGowan Labor Government, Simone is working to establish a whole-of-government approach to tackling the scourge of family and domestic violence and is ensuring that our state invests in children during the critical early years to build stronger families and communities.
Prior to her election in 2013, Simone worked in the union movement for over 22 years. She was one of the first women elected to be an Organiser for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, before being elected the Assistant State Secretary in 1997. She later worked with the union United Voice.
From 2007, Simone served as Assistant Secretary, and later Secretary, of Unions WA.
Simone holds degrees in History from the University of Melbourne and Media from Murdoch University.
“I am inspired by those joining together to speak out against violence in our community – from my parliamentary colleagues; community and private sector leaders; professionals from the sports and arts; to young people demanding a future of equality and respect for all – this is an issue which deserves our attention over these sixteen days and beyond.”