Graham Edwards retires: Premier pays tribute to outgoing RSL state president


Graham Edwards
Graham Edwards

PREMIER Colin Barnett has paid tribute to outgoing RSL State President Graham Edwards, whose tenure in the role ends this month.

Mr Edwards is also the 2016 Western Australian Senior Australian of the Year, and served as Member for Cowan in the House of Representatives from 1998 until 2007.

Opening the RSL’s 100th State Conference on Monday morning, Mr Barnett said Mr Edwards had made an outstanding contribution to veterans advocacy and the wider community.

“During his time in federal and State parliament, and as RSL State president, he has consistently striven to improve the welfare of veterans and their families,” Mr Barnett said.

Veterans Minister Joe Francis acknowledged Mr Edwards’ efforts to ensure the RSL was better positioned to meet the demands of its members.

“He has been the driving force behind plans to redevelop ANZAC House into a purpose-built headquarters that will secure the league’s future for years to come,” he said.

Mr Edwards is a Vietnam War veteran.

He was severely injured in combat and lost both of his legs.