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During a 19-year term as Member for Fremantle in the Western Australian Parliament, Jim McGinty held the positions of Minister for Health (2003–08), Attorney-General (2001–08) and Leader of the Opposition


As Health Minister, Mr McGinty was responsible for developing and implementing a health reform plan which saw substantial rebuilding of tertiary and regional hospitals – including the flagship Fiona Stanley Hospital and new children’s hospital; major public health initiatives against smoking and junk food; and a significant shift in funding and service emphasis toward ambulatory and primary health care, including mental health.


As Western Australia’s Attorney-General, Mr McGinty is recognised for his contribution to law reform – creating new legal institutions and modernising the law to reflect 21st century standards and values.


Mr McGinty is Chair of Health Workforce Australia on the boards of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, Fremantle Medicare Local and is a volunteer with Fremantle Sea Rescue.




Between 1989 and 2005, Cheryl Edwardes served as a member of parliament in Western Australia, including as a minister from 1993 to 2001.


During her time in politics, she was appointed as the State's first female Attorney-General, as well as the Minister for the Environment.


She joined Holman Fenwick Willan in March 2012 from Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, where she performed a dual regulatory and external affairs role.


Cheryl advises in relation to the range of complex statutory approvals needed for any successful large resources or infrastructure project in respect of environmental, climate change, native title and land tenure and access matters.




Peter Blaxell graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia in 1967. He was an articled clerk then solicitor and partner at Lavan & Walsh from 1967–1974.


Mr Blaxell was co-ordinator of the Law Society’s Legal Assistance Scheme from 1974–1975 and established the Kununurra office of the Aboriginal Legal Service in 1975.


He joined the Independent Bar in 1975, practising solely as a barrister until 1991.  He was a judge of the District Court of Western Australia from 1991 until  2005.


Peter Blaxell was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in February 2005. He retired in February 2011.



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