Member for Canning (WA)
Jane Gerick served as the Australian Labor Party member for the 3000 square kilometre electorate of Canning (WA) from 1998 to 2001. Prior to being elected, she owned a small business, City Business College, which provided training to mature-aged students.
As a former small business owner Gerick expressed consternation that the proposed goods and services tax (GST) would overburden small businesses and warned about the risk of business closures due to the significant implementation costs. She was also concerned about the effect of the GST on charitable institutions, families and the socially disadvantaged in her electorate.
Gerick was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2001, and took leave of absence from Parliament for a short time, organising her election campaign from her hospital bed. Gerick lost her seat by a narrow margin but was reindorsed in 2003 as the Labor candidate for Canning. Although she was expected to make a strong bid for the seat again, she died unexpectedly Christmas Day 2003.