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WA A-G set to step down at next election

Western Australia’s Attorney-General, the Honourable John Quigley LLB JP MLA, whom the state Premier describes as “the most prolific Attorney-General our state has ever had”, has decided to step down from his position and not contest the state election in March 2025.

user iconGrace Robbie 21 February 2024 Politics
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Mr Quigley (pictured) was first elected to Parliament as the member of Innaloo in 2001, following 25 years in legal practice. After eight years as shadow attorney-general, in 2017, he was sworn in as the West Australian Attorney-General.

In a statement, A-G Quigley acknowledged the individuals who helped him while he attained his title: “Not only would I like to thank the Premier for the privilege of being the Attorney-General but also my cabinet colleagues and the caucus. All that I have achieved has been in the service of the Labor Party’s never-ending quest for a fairer, most just and inclusive society.”

During his tenure, he was prominent in securing major legislative reforms as he introduced and oversaw the passage of more than 60 pieces of legislation. He acknowledged this by stating: “I have been proud to lead a team of talented people who have enabled myself and the government to embark upon significant law reform for the people of Western Australia.”


Mr Quigley will remain as Attorney-General and Minister for Electoral Affairs until the next election and is determined to “work hard for the people and the government of Western Australia and for my constituents”, he stated.

His immediate priority is the creation of “legislation for the mandatory imprisonment of those who remove court-imposed GPS tracking decisions, to make our community safer”.

West Australian Premier Roger Cook declared: “John Quigley is a giant of the Western Australian Parliament. His contribution to our state as Attorney-General and a minister is unmatched.

“John Quigley is the most prolific Attorney-General our state has ever had, having steered more than 60 pieces of legislation through Parliament.”

Reflection on his time in Parliament, Mr Quigley expressed the mindset that he had while serving and representing the people of Western Australia: “When I came into Parliament, I wanted to make a difference for the most vulnerable people in our community and to deliver long-awaited reform to improve our system of justice and improve community safety.

“I believe that with the support of my colleagues, I have been able to achieve that, and I will be forever grateful for being afforded that opportunity.”