Darling Range MLA Barry Urban resigns from State Labor Party

Barry Urban and Mark McGowan.
Barry Urban and Mark McGowan.

DARLING Range MLA Barry Urban apologised for lying about a local government qualification last Thursday.

He has resigned from the Labor Party but vowed to stay on as an independent.

Mr Urban “apologised unreservedly” to his former leader Mark McGowan, the Parliament and his colleagues. Mr Urban has been questioned about the origin of military medals he wore and his education qualifications.

Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said the State Government had showed a lack of commitment to transparency and accountability by failing to require a full and comprehensive inquiry by the procedures and privileges committee into Mr Urban.

“What is required from the procedures and privileges committee is a wholesale inquiry into Mr Urban’s bona fides and the Premier’s handling of the matter,” he said.

“He has been wearing medals he is not entitled to, he has made claims about his service and qualifications which he failed to substantiate in Parliament and the people of Darling Range elected him to represent them on the basis of these claims.

“The people of Darling Range deserve a full inquiry into the member they elected.”

Dr Nahan said the Opposition had written to the Speaker requesting the committee hold a further inquiry into whether Mr Urban was a fit and proper person to serve in Parliament.

“Mr Urban has made representations, both inside and outside Parliament, as to his career and qualifications and questions still remain about those representations,” he said.