Fran Logan

Fran Logan

Infobox MLA | name =Fran Logan

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nationality =Australian
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term_start =10 February 2001
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predecessor =William Thomas
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birth_date =25 February 1956
birth_place =Surrey United Kingdom
constituency =Cockburn
party =Australian Labor Party
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Francis "Fran" Michael Logan (born 25 February 1956) in Whyteleafe, Surrey, United Kingdom) is an Australian politician. He has been an ALP member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since the 2001 election, representing the electorate of Cockburn. [cite web|url=,+Francis+(Fran)+Michael?opendocument|title=Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook

Logan emigrated to Western Australia in 1980 after travelling aound Asia, leaving the UK after the Thatcher government was elected. Having trained as a mechanic, he worked in the aircraft and mining industries and later completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Sydney University. [cite web|url=|title=The Science Show - Science and Innovation in Western Australia|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-11]

Employed as a trade union official with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union from 1986 [cite web|url=| - Tracking the Unionists in Parliament|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-11] until winning preselection for the seat of Cockburn on the retirement of William Thomas which Logan held for the Labor party in the 2001 election. Logan subsequently retained the seat in the 2005 election which he holds by a margin of 16.4%. [cite web|url=|title=ABC News Online - Western Australian Election 2005|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-11]

Appointed to the position of Minister of Housing, Works and Heritage from 2005 to 2006. Logan was then appointed as the Minister of Energy, Science and Innovation for the remainder of 2006.

Currently, Logan is the Minister of Energy, Resources, Industry and Enterprise.

In May 2008, Logan caused a political storm when he admitted that he badgered a female ministerial staffer into having sex with him and another employee of the government. The woman involved had stated that Logan had propositioned her to take part in a threesome on more than one occasion. [cite web|url=,25197,23764046-5006789,00.html|title=The Australian - Fran Logan escapes from sex scandal|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-11] [cite web|url=|title=The Age - MP accused over 'threesome'|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-11] The Premier, Alan Carpenter, refused to sack Logan over the scandal, after Logan has claimed it was a joke. [cite web|url=,25197,23770525-5013945,00.html|title=The Australian - Premier stands by 'sex joke' minister Fran Logan|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-11] Logan engaged the services of one of Australia's largest law firms in order to gag debate over the claims of sexual misconduct wih newspaper "The West Australian". [cite web|url=|title=The West Australian - Logan in legal bid to muzzle sex claim


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