Jandakot MLA Mubarakai hits back after doubts cast over legitimacy of his position


Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai. Picture: Will Russell d460377
Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai. Picture: Will Russell d460377

JANDAKOT MLA Yaz Mubarakai has hit back at attempts to cast doubt over his position.

WA electoral laws prohibit from taking a seat in State Parliament anyone who holds “an office or place in the service of” any Federal department or agency, or was appointed to any body by the Commonwealth.

Mr Mubarakai previously worked at the Australia Post Outlet in Success.

A ReachTel poll, commissioned by the WA Police Union as part of its pay fight, found the member for Jandakot faced a tough job retaining his seat should a by-election need to occur as a result, with support for Mr Mubarakai down to 33.2 per cent.

The poll surveyed 665 residents from the Jandakot electorate on August 1 and showed 39.1 per cent would vote Liberal, and 12.8 per cent would vote One Nation with a swing of more than 6 per cent away from Labor.

Greens attracted 4.6 per cent support and the Nationals 1 per cent.

Mr Mubarakai said he had not seen the poll.

“The people of Jandakot elected a McGowan Labor Government and I’m excited about our plans to deliver for the local community,” he said.

“My focus is on implementing our election commitments and our Plan for Jobs. Projects like the Armadale Road Bridge and the new Metronet line between Thornlie and Cockburn will get underway very soon, creating local jobs and busting congestion.

“These are the kind of things that I am focused on, for my community.

“Attempts to try to de-legitimise the election result are wrong.”

A month ago, the Liberal Party sought legal advice about whether to challenge Mr Mubarakai’s position but remained tight-tipped about whether further action would be taken.

On Wednesday, a party spokesman said: “It comes as no surprise that after breaking major election commitments such as ‘no new taxes or increases on taxes’ and reneging on a pledge to our police officers, that the public are voicing their dissatisfaction with the McGowan Labor Government.

“The Liberal Party is seeking further advice and information.”

“Residents should also know that in local MP Yaz Mubarakai, they have a very effective member of Parliament who is a strong advocate for community safety,” Police Minister Michelle Roberts said in support of Mr Mubarakai.

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