Labor to honour Darling Range election commitments, despite Barry Urban resignation

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

WA Labor has confirmed it will meet all of its election promises in Darling Range despite Barry Urban’s resignation from the party last week.

Mr Urban plans to continue to represent the Darling Range electorate as an independent after announcing his resignation from Labor on his Facebook page on November 29.

A spokesman for Premier Mark McGowan told the Comment News today that “we stand by all of our election commitments for Darling Range and look forward to delivering them, as promised”.

A spokeswoman from Mr Urban’s electorate office said there would be no changes to his community commitments.

Mr Urban was absent from Parliament for nearly two weeks as questions were raised over his entitlement to military medals he was seen wearing and over his listed university qualifications.

The Procedures and Privileges Committee of Parliament was tasked with investigating Mr Urban after Premier Mark McGowan described his explanation in Parliament on Thursday as “not comprehensive enough”.

The WA Local Government Association also confirmed thousands of dollars of ratepayer monies were used by Mr Urban to enrol in a diploma on November 2, 2011.

He completed 10 days of training but no assessments.

According to WALGA, the diploma cost $6200 – $2250 of which was assessment cost – and Mr Urban was cancelled off the diploma two years later on November 12, 2013, after being followed up by WALGA.

Mr Urban took the seat in March with an 18.4 per cent swing away from Tony Simpson.

Mr Urban would not comment.

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