My name is Rick Wilson and I’ve been privileged to represent the people of O’Connor in Federal Parliament since 2013.
This electorate has always been my home – I was one of six children raised on our family’s farm in Katanning.
I was still just a teenager when my father died, but my brother and I were determined to maintain the land that has been in our family since our great-grandfather cleared it in 1867.
We worked side-by-side for 25 years, and that was where I began to understand the challenges of running a dynamic business in regional Western Australia.
My wife Tanya and I moved from Katanning to Albany two years ago, where we now raise our four children.
I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.
Small government and reduced bureaucracy, a higher standard of health, aged care and education services in the regions, and improving our communications network are some of the key areas I have focused on since entering Parliament.
First and foremost, my priority as an MP will always be the people of O’Connor – this region has given me a wonderful life and I’m determined to ensure every person in this electorate has the quality of life they deserve.