Paul Papalia is the Australian Labor Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for Warnbro and the Minister for Tourism, Racing and Gaming, Small Business, Defence Issues, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests. Prior to Labor's state election win in March 2017, he was Shadow Minister for Corrective Services, Tourism, Defence Issues, Gascoyne, Goldfields-Esperance. Mr Papalia served in the Royal Australian Navy for 26 years before entering politics, working as a navy diver and rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. He specialised in explosives retrieval and escape & rescue. Mr Papalia served with the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq during the early 1990s, and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994. He returned to Iraq during the Iraq War, serving as executive officer in an Australian mine-clearing team.
Bio last updated 16 Aug 2019
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