Who is John?
John was first elected as the Member for Perth in February 2001, as
part of the new Labor Government. He was re-elected to Parliament at
the 2005 and 2008 State Elections.
John is now the Shadow Minister Culture and the Arts; Local Government; Heritage; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship.
Before entering State Parliament, he was Mayor of the inner-city Town
of Vincent, President of WA's Local Government Association and vice-president
of the Australian Local Government Association.
John was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, Minister for Health and Electoral Affairs on Mayday, 2007 and held that post till Labor’s loss of the 2008 election.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, Politics and Literature) from Deakin University, and a Diploma of Education from Murdoch University.
John was the inaugural Chairman of the North Perth Community Bank and patron of a variety of sporting and charity groups within the Perth electorate.
John remains a big supporter of affordable housing projects within Perth and environmental action groups in his electorate. John chaired the working group recommending a best practice Container Deposit system, to boost recycling in WA.
John Hyde MLA was elected Deputy Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission in December 2008 and re-elected Chairman of the JSCCC from May 2009. In the previous Parliaments, John was Deputy Chairman between 2001-2005 and first chaired the JSCCC from 2005-2007.
John is an independent director of West TV Inc, WA's not-for-profit community television broadcaster.
What are John's local links?
As well as his municipal obligations, John operated two small businesses, John Hyde Arts Services and New Orleans Snowballs. The latter provided shaved ice to various festivals, fairs and rodeos throughout WA. As an arts consultant, he was engaged as CEO of Broome's Theatre Kimberley, WA's only professional regional theatre company, and company manager for the Hole in the Wall Theatre Company.
John's links to the seat of Perth go back to before his birth. His mother, Morna (one of WA's four hockey-playing Pearce sisters and Australian captain) trained and played hockey on Birdwood Square while pregnant with John. His father is John Hyde, former Claremont captain-coach and Geelong premiership player.
John is also convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of the Red Cross, Parliamentary Friends of Burma, Parliamentary Friends of Indonesia and is Patron of the Thai-Australian Association of WA. John is the Australasian chairman and international director of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption. In 2012 John was named as the Population and Development Champion for Australia by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
Trained originally as a secondary English, drama and horticulture teacher (BA, Dip Ed - Murdoch University), John taught in Geraldton and at Perth Modern School and also at a number of schools in the Kimberleys.
From teaching, John moved into journalism in the 1980s, working as a reporter and sub-editor for The West Australian after a year on the Geraldton Guardian. Eighteen months overseas in the late 1980s saw him working on Edinburgh's respected The Scotsman and on stage professionally in New Orleans and Seattle before returning to The West and then Post Newspapers.
As a writer he has published numerous stories and co-wrote the hit play Baamba! In 1998 he was dramaturg and director of Kalamunda's centenary play, Spirit of Kala's Past.