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Born in 1974 I spent my early childhood and primary school years in the WA Goldfields with mum and dad and my sister Kate.  I commenced my education at Laverton Primary School before moving to Kalgoorlie.
My dad, Cedric, was a Commonwealth public servant and when I was in year 5 we moved to Perth.  I graduated from Aquinas College in 1991 and studied Arts and Law at the University of Western Australia where I graduated with my law degree in 1997.  During my time at University I also undertook my training as an officer in the Australian Army Reserves at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, graduating with my Commission in 1996.

After obtaining my law degree I worked in law firms in both Perth and Sydney.  I was always keen to pursue Post-Graduate studies and in 2000 I was the fortunate recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, that allowed me to pursue my Masters (MSc) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I returned to Western Australia in 2002 and continued my career in law in both private practice and at the WA Director of Public Prosecutions.  My intention was to eventually move to the Bar and practise as a Barrister.  However, in 2006, the then Premier, the Hon. Geoff Gallop retired as both Premier and the Member for Victoria Park and I had the honour of being pre-selected as the Labor Party candidate in the subsequent by-election. On 11 March 2006 I had the incredible privilege of being elected as the Member for Victoria Park to represent an area I love and have lived in for over 20 years.  I was re-elected to this position in both 2008 and 2013.

I currently hold the portfolios of Treasurer; Finance; Energy; and Aboriginal Affairs.

I am married to Vivianne and we have two daughters, Matilda and Georgina.