Ricky Johnston
Women in Federal Parliament

Ricky Johnston

Member for Canning (WA)

LIB, 1996–1998

Ricky Johnston.

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Ricky Johnston served as the Liberal member for Canning (WA) in the House of Representatives from 1996 to 1998. Johnston successfully won the seat on her fifth attempt, resulting in many of her Liberal Party colleagues at the time referring to her as the longest serving federal member not in Parliament. Before her election, Johnston was so well known in her electorate that people came to her to solve their problems.

Johnston’s previous occupation as a nurse made her a proponent of improved palliative and aged care, including the need to value the elderly in our communities. Johnston also strongly commended a 1997 government immunisation initiative and supported legislation to allow faster access to therapeutic goods and devices imported from European countries. As well as rising to speak about health issues, Johnston drew on her family’s long-term involvement in the Australian meat industry to comment on legislation that would reform the industry and allow for less government interference and restriction.