Eric Ripper provides a valuable insight into government, politics and public policy in Western Australia.
Eric had a long and distinguished career in the WA Parliament over 25 years as a member of the Australian Labor Party, including time as Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Energy; and Minister for State Development, as well as Leader of the Opposition.
From 2001 to 2008 Eric was Deputy Premier and Treasurer of WA, engaging in the reform of State taxes and government procurement, the implementation of competition policy; as well as overseeing the development and management of eight State budgets. Eric was also responsible for WA’s participation in recognising the native title rights of Aboriginal people.
As Energy Minister, he implemented a major electricity reform program, including a competitive electricity market, and in the State Development portfolio, Eric negotiated on large LNG and iron ore projects.
Eric was recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia, for his service to the people and Parliament of WA, particularly for his work on budgetary reform, native title policy and energy sector developments.
He regularly presents to the business and community sectors on WA and Australian public policy issues.
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