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Biography

Ken Wyatt was elected in 2010 as the Federal Member for Hasluck, located east of Perth, making history as the first Indigenous Member of the House of Representatives.

The traditional garment worn by Ken is booka, a kangaroo skin cloak, was presented to him by Perth’s Noongar elders and decorated with cockatoo feathers that signify his status in Noongar culture.

In September 2013 Ken became the first Member for Hasluck re-elected for a second term. Since his election to Parliament in 2010, Ken has worked tirelessly to be a strong advocate for his electorate and to help build a stronger local community.

In 2015 Ken became the first Indigenous member of the Federal Executive after being sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Health, responsible for Aged Care service delivery and implementation, as well as for Dementia, Organ and Tissue Authority and Australian Hearing.

In January 2016 Ken again made history as the first Indigenous Minister to serve in a Federal Government, after being appointed as the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

In August 2018 Ken was also made the Minister for Senior Australians meaning his current title is Minister for Senior Australians & Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

Before entering politics Ken worked in community roles in the fields of Health and Education including the District Director for the Swan Education District and the Director of Aboriginal Health in New South Wales and Western Australia.

In addition to Ken’s extensive career in health and education, he has made an enormous contribution to the wider community in training and mentoring young people. This was recognised in 1996 when Ken was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. In 2000, Ken was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for ‘his efforts and contribution to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and mainstream Australian society in education and health.’

Ken brings his knowledge in the areas of health and education to his role as Minister for Senior Australians & Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, as well as a lifetime of personal experiences in his family life and as an active member of the local Hasluck community

From Ken

Anthony Albanese has still not learnt the lessons of Labor’s policy failures and the need for a consistent approach on border protection.

Sep 04

Under the Morrison Government bulk billing is at a record high. Read more at: http://lbr.al/whf0

Sep 04

Did you know 28% of child sex offenders sentenced in Australia last year did not serve one day in jail? That’s just not OK, not even close and it has to change. These offenders are the lowest of the low and we’re going to ensure they go to jail with new mandatory sentencing laws. We owe it to our kids to protect them. What’s more, the most serious offenders could be jailed for life under our new laws we’re going to introduce to Parliament next week.

Sep 03

Today is Australian National Flag Day, marking the anniversary of the day our flag was first flown.

Sep 03

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