Member for South Metro
The Hon Phil Edman MLC was born in Tamworth, New South Wales, in 1970 and arrived in Western Australia in 1976. He was elected to the Thirty-eighth Parliament for the South Metropolitan Region, with his term commencing May 2009. He was re-elected in 2013 and appointed as the Government Whip of the Legislative Council.
Prior to entering the Western Australian Parliament Phil, as a Member of the Liberal Party, stood for the Federal seat of Brand in 2004, achieving a 15.9% primary vote gain and making Brand a marginal seat.
In February 2005 he successfully ran for the council seat of Safety Bay in the City of Rockingham and served for four years improving amenities and services in the local area.
Phil commenced his term as a Member for the South Metropolitan Region on May 22, 2009, and broadening this passion for improvements to the region as a whole.
His duties as a member of the Legislative Council include advocating on issues of importance for the people of Western Australia, reviewing and deliberation legislation, and providing assistance to constituents on a broad range of issues through his electorate office.
During this time as a Member of Parliament Phil personally sourced Regional Partnership Funding from Canberra towards the Gary Holland Community Centre and Lark Hill Sporting Complex. He gained $6.7 million in Federal Auslink funds for construction of the Mundijong Road extension and $12 million from the State Government to acquire land needed for this vital infrastructure.
He was instrumental in obtaining $6 million for the revitalisation of the City of Kwinana and the pushing for the $100 million Mangles Bay Marina Development. Phil has also been a Parliamentary leader in bringing waste-to-energy technology to Western Australia through building strong links with Japan and promoting the Martin grate technology.
Phil has fiercely lobbied for the State Government to take action against the harms of synthetic drugs. This was achieved with the passing of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2015 in November 2015. These amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 have banned the manufacture, sale, promotion and advertising of all psychoactive substances and applied harsh penalties to these activities.
As Phil continues to have his finger on the pulse of issues in the South Metropolitan Region, and advocate across a wide range of areas, he has most recently come to be leader in the project to see the Point Peron Battery restored. A key component of defence mechanisms that stretched from Swanbourne to Rockingham during the Second World War, the Point Peron Battery will be restored from its neglected status to an interpretive site of National significance to educate on the impact of the war on Australia’s own soil, a story which has not yet been told in full.