Minister overcomes early setback

Tony Simpson took part in the Master Builders Association of WA
Tony Simpson took part in the Master Builders Association of WA

But the Local Government Minister is determined to see through what he believes is the best way forward.

‘It can be hard at times. My kids struggle a little bit with it, they don’t like seeing the rally stuff, people yelling and screaming,’ he said.

‘You’ve got to try and explain to them that they’re angry at the process. If it wasn’t me delivering it, someone else would be.’

Public role aside, the MLA says he is a typical Aussie bloke who likes fishing, the odd beer, riding his bike and working in the garden. And, he genuinely believes he is making the right political decisions for the State.

When he was 14 years old, he came to a mutual agreement with his principal and parents that it would be better if he left school.

He said he struggled with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The school was happy to see the back of him, he said, and he was pleased to quit, opting to work in his parents’ bakery in the Wheatbelt.

He worked there until he was 22 and then moved to Perth to become a storeman.

‘It was good fun actually’