remembered a a champion for his
West Australian Government MP Don Randall has been found dead Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
first came to parliament in 1996 as the member for Swan
, but lost his
seat in 1998.
He was elected as the member for Canning in 2001.
was active with many things.
career was not without controversy.
In 2013, he
was caught up in two expenses scandals, accused of misusing his
offered to repay more than five-thousand dollars of taxayers' money for a trip from Perth to Cairns which he
had claimed for "electoral business."
A short time later, he
bought an investment property in Cairns.
The Prime Minister defended him at the time on Fairfax Radio, saying Mr Randall
had important business to discuss with then Liberal party whip Warren Entsch.
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also faced questions over a five-thousand dollar trip he
took to Melbourne, where he
watched an AFL match.
visited the city for "sittings of parliament".
Mr Randall was one of six Liberal politicians who boycotted then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the stolen generations.
In a statement, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Don was "an outstanding local member".
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also released a statement, saying "Don
was liked on both sides of Parliament and was counted as a friend by many in the Labor Party".
was a thoroughly good and decent bloke," he
"This is a moment that puts daily politics in perspective, it reminds us of how precious life is."
Mr Randall is survived by his wife and two children.