Former leader bows out

Former WA Labor leader Eric Ripper with staff members Merrilyn Ercegovich, Chris Bolt and Jean Gors. www.communitypix.com.au d396661
Former WA Labor leader Eric Ripper with staff members Merrilyn Ercegovich, Chris Bolt and Jean Gors. www.communitypix.com.au d396661

The former leader of the WA Labor party had already begun to clean out his office two weeks away from the election, having taken down all the Alston cartoons he featured in during his time in politics.

Mr Ripper has held a number of major positions during his 25 years in office, including State Treasurer, but said the most enriching position was as the Labor party’s Native Title spokesman.

‘That was an enormous privilege to have a 200-year-old injustice that you can remedy,’ he said. ‘To be a minister of a portfolio ” to be a member of parliament ” is a privilege.’

Mr Ripper said that privilege had come from the continuous support of his constituents and the support of his staff who had been a ‘tremendous asset’.

‘My staff are the greatest’