UPDATE: PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has paid his condolences to Canning MP Don Randall’s family after he was found dead in his car yesterday.
“Don was an outstanding local member. He was a passionate and persuasive advocate in Canberra and a hardworking community leader in Western Australia,” he said.
Mr Randall was first elected to the House of Representatives as Swan MHR in 1996.
He was elected as the local member for Canning in 2001 and re-elected in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
“Don made a fine contribution to the Howard Government and particularly to the Coalition during our years in opposition,” Mr Abbott said.
“He was a mentor to many and integral to the success of our Party in the state of Western Australia.
“It’s hard to credit that this strong voice for Western Australia and servant of our Party has left us so soon.
All his colleagues will mourn his passing and honour the contribution that he has made.”
Police and St John Ambulance were called to a car on Club Drive in Boddington yesterday where they found 62-year-old, Canning MP Don Randall dead.
WA Police are investigating the death but said it does not appear to be suspicious.
Tributes have flowed from within the Liberal Party.
Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about Don Randall. A very good man. My heartfelt condolences to family,friends and colleagues.
— Joe Hockey (@JoeHockey) July 21, 2015
Shocked by Don Randall's death today, great MP, good friend & wise counsel. Our love & prayers are with his wife Julie & their children.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) July 21, 2015
Don Randall was a great champion for his electorate and Western Australia. We will miss his determination persistence and friendship
— Warren Truss (@warrentrussmp) July 21, 2015
Friends from the Labor party called Mr Randall a “decent bloke”.
My deepest sympathies to the family & many friends of Don Randall. Don was a thoroughly good and decent bloke.
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) July 21, 2015
Very sad news re Don Randall. Still had political biffo but put all animosity behind us – especially through shared passion for things Cuban
— Alannah MacTiernan (@AlannahMac) July 21, 2015
He was also well liked by WA politicians on both sides.
Shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Don Randall. Hardworking and very committed member for Canning. Deepest sympathy to his family
— Colin Barnett (@ColinBarnett) July 22, 2015
Very sad to hear of the passing of Don Randall. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) July 21, 2015
On of Mr Randalls last political acts was to launch the new Bridging the Gap Green Army Team in Yarloop.
A byelection is expected to be called for Mr Randall’s seat of Canning in the future.