I’m Glenn Sterle, Labor Senator for Western Australia in the Australian Parliament and I’m humbled that the people of Western Australia have elected me to represent them in the Senate. I am also the Duty Labor Senator for the Federal Electorates of Durack and O’Connor.
Western Australia is my home and it's the place I am committed to make a difference to the lives of people in our community.
As a young man who grew up in public housing in Langford, I saw and learnt the value of hard work reflected through my parents. My dad was a truck driver and my mum was a nurse. I saw how hard they worked to provide for me and my brother and sister and the values that they lived and worked by have helped me to become who I am today.
Their work ethic made an impression on me from a young age. While I was still at high school, I worked as a furniture removalist offsider during the school holidays. After I left, I got my truck drivers licence and became a company driver like my father. At 20 I bought my first truck and started my own business as an owner driver furniture removalist. For 12 years I drove road trains between Perth and Darwin, all the while raising a young family with my wife Fiona staying in Perth to work, run the business and look after our kids, Kirsty and Daniel.
I want to make sure that everyone in our community has the same opportunity to build a better life as I did.
That’s why I’m committed to putting Western Australia first. I was given a fantastic opportunity when I was elected to represent our state in 2004. Since then, I’ve helped deliver:
- $686.4 million for the Gateway WA project around the airport - Perth’s biggest ever road infrastructure project.
- $400 million for the Perth – Darwin Highway, which will connect our region to the north of Australia
- brand new facilities for all of our local schools; and
- better government services and facilities for the whole community
But there’s still more to do and I look forward to working with you to strengthen our community.
That's why I'm committed to putting Western Australia first.