The newest member of the Legislative Council, Jane Howlett, says it is “not an issue” that she does not live in the electorate.
Ms Howlett, of Battery Point, won the new seat of Prosser, defeating Labor’s Janet Lambert, and said she had a house in the electorate and was out and about every day.
“It is an absolute honour and privilege to be elected,” she said.
“I’ve grown up in the electorate, I’ve spent the majority of my life in the electorate, I was educated there, I got married there and had businesses there.
“It’s certainly not an issue.”
Ms Howlett said her win showed that the electors of Prosser had faith in the Hodgman Government.
She said she would settle in to her new position and seek guidance from ministers on legislation.
“My main priority is to deliver on the government’s plan,” Ms Howlett said.
Attorney-General Elise Archer said she had encouraged Ms Howlett to try to win a seat in parliament since they both stood unsuccessfully in the 2006 state election.
She said Ms Howlett had been elected after a very strong primary vote in the recent state election in the seat of Lyons and had experience in business and public administration.
“I’m certain she’s going to be a fantastic local member of that new seat, having grown up in that electorate herself,” Ms Archer said.
“She can bring a lot of skills and expertise to the Legislative Council and of course will be a very strong part of our Government team.”