Ray Wills at the Legislative Assembly,
Parliament of Western Australia

Ray Wills 

Between April 2001 and July 2004, I was engaged as Principal Research Officer in the Legislative Assembly with the Parliament of Western Australia.

As a senior parliamentary officer, I had high level contacts with Members of Parliament and with senior executives, including chief executives, in a range of agencies in the public sector including environmental and resource management agencies.

In my first year with the Parliament I was appointed to work with the Joint Standing Committee on the Anti-corruption Commission (JSCACC - now replaced by the JSC on the Crime and Corruption Commission.)

From July 2002 I worked with the Economics and Industry Standing Committee (EISC). Members of the Committee are:

Mr Tony McRae MLA
Hon. John Day, MLA
Mr John Bowler MLA
Mr Bernie Masters, MLA
Mr Mick Murray MLA

My main duties included: directing research into the Strata Title management industry, developing a method of managing the oversight of 58 agencies within the EISC portfolio (including revision of annual reports), organising a national conference on behalf of the EISC on the sustainability of regional development and directing research into the sustainability of the dairy industry in Western Australia.

When I left the Parliament in July 2004, the Committee was undertaking two inquiries, one into energy efficieny and renewable energy, and a second into Vanadium mining at Windimurra.

Ray Wills Barbara Scott and Derrick Tomlinson

As PRO to the JSCACC, I was privileged to attend the Conferences on Justice and Governance and on Police Reform held in by the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice & Governance at Griffith University in July 2001, and participated in the International Anti-Corruption Conference held in Prague in October 2001 - pictured here with the Hon. Barbara Scott, MLC and the Hon Derrick Tomlinson, MLC.

Politics is a funny thing - the websites opposite have some interesting stuff



Good government should be assisted by well written legislation that is about outcomes and not prescriptive, and where possible this is best achieved with just the right amount of words - an example from the US helps explain this.


* Pythagorean theorem: ... 24 words.
* Lord's prayer: ... 66 words.
* Archimedes' Principle: ... 67 words.
* 10 Commandments: ... 179 words.
* Gettysburg address: ... 286 words.
* Declaration of Independence: ... 1,300 words.
* US Government regulations on the sale of cabbage: ... 26,911 words.

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Created: January 25, 2004

Last updated: August 12, 2006

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