Adele Carles is the State Member for Fremantle after being elected in a by-election in May 2009. She sits as a Green Independent member of the Legislative Assembly.
Adele is a lawyer who has a history of community activism in Fremantle that goes back many years. She has campaigned to save our beaches and to stop lead contamination.
Before being elected, Adele Carles solicitor, on behalf of Fremantle residents, won a case in the Supreme Court against the State Government. The case centered on the 2005 clean-up of contaminated land at the former Lead Smelter site at South Beach. Despite the fact that there is no WA legislation securing resident’s rights, this South Beach case created new common law in WA. It established that local residents affected by decisions of the State Government have a legal right to be heard and to be afforded procedural fairness and natural justice by those State Government agencies.
Adele says her main motivation for entering politics was to ensure a safe future for our children, having seen the failure of our two-party system to address the big issues of our time – such as climate change, civil liberties and renewable energies.
Adele is a passionate advocate for the Fremantle community on environmental and social justice issues. She is outspoken on Western Australian issues including coal mining and fracking in Margaret River, saving our native forests and protecting the Kimberley.