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WA’s first ever female speaker is sworn into office after Labor landslide election

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A former police minister has became the first female Speaker of WA’s Legislative Assembly, as the chamber achieves almost total gender parity.

The 59 members of Western Australia’s new Legislative Assembly were officially sworn in as Members of Parliament today, in a historic ceremony featuring a high number of female MPs, masks and a lonely-looking state opposition.

There are 31 men, and 28 women elected to the house.

Ms Roberts said it was a historic day for women, and she hoped the new Parliament would be a place of respect and equity.

“I am privileged to be…



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