The Bench: Jessica Shaw MLA for Swan Hills

Parliament, Politics, The Bench

Peter Klinger 28 Feb 2018
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From front bench to park bench, party rooms to the great outdoors, The Bench sees our politicians take a break from debating policy and the state of our nation to enjoy a park-side chat with senior journalist turned Purple operative, Peter Klinger.

These interviews add a breath of fresh air to all things politics, providing a unique insight into the life and times of our elected representatives.

With discussion topics ranging from electorate issues to sport and everything in between, The Bench undoubtedly presents a candid, lighthearted series bound to intrigue, inform and entertain.

Our full interview with Jess Shaw MLA, Member for Swan Hills and Peter Klinger.

The lighter side of “The Bench”, find out what Jess Shaw associates with Colin Barnett, the GST and Twitter.


What do Schnauzers, bush fire management and renewable energy have in common? Listen to Part 4 of our interview with Jess Shaw to find out.

How exactly do you become a politician? Jess explains her journey and experiences to date.

We don’t often hear much about a politicians life before parliament. In Part 2 of our interview with Jess Shaw MLA , she gives some background to her earlier career in the corporate sector.

What makes Jess Shaw tick? From migrant to MLA, the newest member for Swan Hills shares some insights into her academic background and time in the UK.

Peter Klinger More from author

Peter has extensive media experience across all industry sectors and well-developed media relationships across Australia. A highly-skilled communicator and communications strategist, Peter has a proven track record of devising communication strategies and writing high-quality reports, thought leadership pieces and mission/values statements. In the past year, Peter has devised communication strategies for $1 billion worth of corporate transactions involving ASX-listed companies.

Peter boasts more than 20 years’ experience in daily financial journalism, accrued across titles including The West Australian, The Times (London) and Australian Financial Review.

Peter’s exceptional writing skills allow him to accurately and appropriately capture clients’ needs, whether it be crafting opinion pieces, drafting ASX announcements or preparing and executing a strategic communications plan. As Peter best understands, it takes a finely crafted message to cut through all the noise in the marketplace.

Peter has always had a passion for writing — from keeping holiday diaries to editing his high school journal — so it was a no-brainer for him to pursue a career in journalism that, post-university, began at the century-old daily newspaper, Kalgoorlie Miner. Outside of work and apart from his family, Peter is a member of a multi-premiership winning team of life-long hockey players whose skills seem to improve with every post-match beer.

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