Graham Edwards (politician)

Graham John Edwards AM (born 18 July 1946) is an Australian soldier, veteran's advocate and Labor Party member who represented the electorate of Cowan in the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007.

Graham Edwards

Member of the Australian Parliament for Cowan
In office
3 October 1998 – 17 October 2007
Preceded byRichard Evans
Succeeded byLuke Simpkins
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council of Western Australia
In office
17 February 1993 – 30 November 1993
LeaderCarmen Lawrence
Minister for Racing and Gaming, Sport and Recreation, and Youth of Western Australia
In office
16 March 1987 – 19 February 1990
PremierBrian Burke
Peter Dowding
Minister for Consumer Affairs of Western Australia
In office
25 February 1988 – 16 February 1993
PremierPeter Dowding
Carmen Lawrence
Minister for Police, Emergency Services and the Aged of Western Australia
In office
19 February 1990 – 16 February 1993
PremierCarmen Lawrence
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for the Electoral region of North Metropolitan
In office
22 May 1983 – 21 May 1997
Personal details
Graham John Edwards

(1946-07-18) 18 July 1946 (age 74)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Political partyLabor
OccupationSoldier, politician, veteran's officer

He was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and voluntarily joined the Australian Army for service in the Vietnam War in 1968. On 12 May 1970,[1] he was severely injured, losing both legs.[2] After leaving the Army he joined the Department of Defence as an officer with the Vietnam Veterans' Counselling Service. He was elected to the Council of the City of Stirling in 1981.[citation needed]

Edwards was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 1983. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet 1987, Minister for Sport and Recreation 1987–89, Minister for Consumer Affairs 1988–93, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Sport and Recreation and Youth 1989–90, Minister for Police and Emergency Services 1990–93, Minister for the Aged 1990–91. Following the defeat of the Labor government of Carmen Lawrence in 1993, he was Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Tourism and Fisheries 1993–94. He retired from the Legislative Council in 1997.[citation needed]

Edwards was first elected to the Australian parliament at the 1998 federal election. He retired from politics at the 2007 federal election.[3]

He competed in the 1993 Hanoi Marathon. At the time, he was 46 years old. At the time he was Western Australia's Minister for police, emergency services, and sport and recreation.[2] At the 2000 Summer Paralympics, he served as an Athlete Liaison Officer (ALO).[4] In 2000, he was the Chairman of the Australian Paralympic Committee for W.A.


2000 Australian Paralympic team portrait of Edwards

On 1 January 2001, Edwards was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for "service as vice president of the APF from 1990 to 1993".[5] On 11 June 2012, he was named a Member of the Order of Australia for "service to the Parliaments of Australia and Western Australia, to veterans through advocacy and support roles, and to people with a disability."[6]

Around 2012 he was elected the Western Australian State President of the Returned Servicmens League.[7]


  1. ^ "Graham Edwards | Australian War Memorial". 12 May 1970.
  2. ^ a b "Athletics: Stage set for Hanoi marathon". The Independent. London. 2 January 1993. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 13 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "ABC Radio National". 9 October 2000.
  5. ^ "Graham John Edwards". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - The Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours Lists" (PDF). Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 11 June 2012. p. 33. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Richard Evans
Member for Cowan
Succeeded by
Luke Simpkins