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New Vice Patron

Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen Smith as Vice Patron of the Arthritis Foundation.

The announcement was made at a University Club of WA breakfast this month where former Federal Minister Stephen Smith spoke about his life after Parliament.

Stephen retired from Federal Parliament last year, having spent more than 20 years as the Federal Minister for Perth and his final six years in the Parliament as Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

" I chose to be a part of the Arthritis Foundation because I like to support good people who do good works," said Mr Smith.

" I am also committed to raising awareness of arthritis and osteoporosis and the impact it has on so many Australians."

Since retiring from politics, Mr Smith has been appointed Winthrop Professor of International Law at the University of WA, a board member of Perth USAsia Centre and a member of Lavan Legal's advisory board.

Earlier roles include acting as Principal Private Secretary to Western Australian Attorney-General Joe Berinson from 1983 to 1987 and State Secretary of the Western Australian Labor Party from 1987 to 1990. Stephen was a Senior Adviser to Paul Keating from 1990 to 1993, advising Paul Keating in his roles as Treasurer and Prime Minister. In opposition, Stephen held shadow portfolios including Trade, Resources and Energy, Communications, Health, Immigration and Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations.

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