Dr Mike Nahan MLA,
BA(Econ), MA(AgEcon), PhD(Econ)
Mike Nahan was elected as the Member for Riverton in the 2008 State Election. He is the Minister for Energy, Finance, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.
In Parliament, Mike has been the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Energy and Indigenous Affairs, the Chairman of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and has undertaken important inquiries into issues such as Domestic Gas Prices, DEC's management of former pastoral leases, and the Kimberley Ultra Marathon.
The Premier, Colin Barnett, has given Mike the special task of helping to make WA's relationship with Singapore and Malaysia even stronger, broader and closer. There is great potential for further trade and commercial links, for the sharing of cultural events and facilities, and for the exchange of people and skills.
Mike has been in Australia since 1978. He is originally from the United States and arrived in Western Australia in 1982. Prior to his role as a State politician, Mike was employed as Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, which is Australia's oldest and largest private think tank.
He brings to the role a lifetime of experience, leadership and values as a parent, a State public servant, an economist and a proven champion for the local community.
Mike holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2000 for his contribution to public policy.
A keen sportsman himself, Mike is proud to be the Patron of the Riverton Football Club Inc and the Willetton Baseball Association. Mike also has a strong involvement in the Riverton RSL.
Mike is married to Dr Nyuk Nahan, who is originally from Malaysia and they have two children, a daughter Keavy who is doing her Masters in the USA and a son Key, who is studying podiatry at UWA. The Nahan family also have a dog named Mango.
Mike has a passion for ideas, debate and growth, and a keen interest in sailing.
Tax help for Riverton Residents
Residents who live in Parkwood, Riverton, Rossmoyne, Shelley and Willetton will once again have the opportunity to utilise the free Tax Help Centre that will be operating in my Electorate Office from July until October 31.
This community service, run by the Australian Tax Office, will available for eligible Riverton constituents who earn less than $50 000 per year. The free service has been operating in my office for the past five years, and has proved very successful in assisting residents complete their tax returns.
The free Tax Help service is run by accredited Tax Help volunteers and is ideal for low income earners, including students, seniors, or individuals who are completing their tax returns for the first time.
If you would like to book a confidential appointment and access this free Tax Help service or require any further information, please call my electorate office on 9457 1282.
World Continence Week 2014 - June 23-29
With more than 4.8 million Australians experiencing bladder or bowel control problems, the Continence Foundation of Australia's vision is to have a community free of the stigma of incontinence. World Continence Week is an initiative of the International Continence Society and is an opportunity to promote this rarely discussed and often dismissed health problem.
The year's theme, Managing the Mother Load, is aimed to raise awareness of pregnancy and pelvic floor health among pregnant and postnatal women, particularly given the large numbers of women who experience incontinence as a result of having children.
What is interesting is that most people think that bladder weakness is only linked to ageing or childbirth; the fact is that bladder and bowel control issues affect one in four people, they can affect men, women and children of all ages and they will not get better on their own. Most important is that most cases of bladder and bowel control problems can be effectively treated, managed or in many cases, cured.
As part of World Incontinence Week, I urge anyone suffering from bladder or bowel control issues to seek help from their doctor or qualified health professional. There is no excuse for not seeking help, so if you're too embarrassed to speak to someone in person, you can get free professional advice by phoning the Australian Government''s National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 (between 8am-8pm AEST Monday to Friday). Continence nurse advisors staff the Helpline and can provide you with confidential advice, referrals for local continence services and assist with government subsidy schemes for continence products.
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