Anthony Fels

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Anthony Fels
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 2005 – 22 May 2009
Serving with Chance, Criddle, Donaldson, Duncan, Ellis, Rowe
Constituency Agricultural Region
Personal details
Born (1964-11-19) 19 November 1964 (age 53)
Esperance, Western Australia
Political party Liberal (to 2008)
Family First (2008–?)
Katter's Australian (2013)
Mutual Party (2014)
One Nation (2016–?)
Non-Custodial Parents (2017-)

Anthony James Fels (born 19 November 1964) is a former Liberal Member of Parliament. He was the member of the Western Australian Legislative Council representing the Agricultural Region from 2005 to 2009, representing the Liberal Party (2005-2008) and later the Family First Party (2008-2009).[1] In 2007, Fels was found to be in contempt of Parliament by a select committee report for giving false answers to a parliamentary inquiry.[2][3] Despite attempts from the Liberal Party to remove Fels, he resigned from the Liberal Party in August 2008, and attempted to form his own party called People Against Daylight Saving. He later join Family First.[4] He was leader of WA Family First before they merged with the Australian Conservatives.

Growing up on the family farm, east of Esperance, Fels began his education at Castletown Primary School.[5] He then attended Esperance Senior High School and the University of Western Australia, where he studied agricultural science.

At university, Fels became interested in politics and ran for the Student Guild elections in his first year and for Guild President in his second and third years. On both occasions, he was runner up. He was elected as a delegate to the Australian Union of Students in 1984.

Fels was an independent candidate for the Senate at the 2010 federal election and for the state Legislative Council at the 2013 election, a Katter's Australian Party candidate for the Senate at the 2013 federal election, and a Mutual Party candidate at the 2014 special Senate election.

As of January 2017, Fels was a member of One Nation. At one stage it was reported that he had been preselected as a One Nation candidate at the 2017 state election,[6] but the party later said that he had not yet been endorsed.[7]

Fels was a nominated candidate representing the Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) in the 2017 Bennelong by-election. He came last of 12 candidates with a primary vote of less than 0.2 percent.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, Kate (16 August 2008). "Walker, D'Orazio fight as Independents but Omodei quits". The West Australian. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Archer, Fels apologise to State Parliament". ABC News. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Barrett, Jonathan (16 September 2015). "Former Liberal MP banned from going overseas to attend son's wedding". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Fels quits Liberal Party". ABC News. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Fels, Anthony (25 May 2005). Inaugural Speech - Hon Anthony Fels MLC (PDF) (Speech). Western Australian Legislative Council: Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Rod Culleton in street scrap with One Nation rival Anthony Fels"Paid subscription required. The Australian. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Powel, Graeme; Weber, David (4 January 2017). "Rod Culleton recovers after former One Nation senator involved in scuffle outside Perth court". ABC News. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  8. ^ 2017 Bennelong by-election results: AEC