Kevin Prince is quick to categorise his time as the Member for Albany as ancient history, but election time still provides a nostalgic moment for him.
Now, 20 years down the track since he first took over the seat from Leon Watt, the former State police minister still casts an eye over the seat he held for nine years.
“There are a lot of first-time voters that were born when I was elected into parliament, its getting to be ancient history,” Mr Prince said this week
“Yes there is a bit of nostalgia to it I suppose in a sense I’m very interested in what happens in the seat of Albany.”
Being the last Liberal to hold the seat before being defeated by Peter Watson in 2001, Mr Prince believes after 12 years change is possible.
“Albany is obviously very interesting because it’s right on a knife edge apparently. It was four years ago, will it be this time? I have no idea,” he said.
“People are still concerned about jobs that are secure and that are productive, and give a future for young people and people in mid years so that they can enjoy what is a spectacular place to live.”
Reflecting on his political career the 65-year-old lawyer has fond memories of his time in the seat.
“I enjoyed my time in Parliament — 95 per cent of it — five per cent I didn’t and anybody who tells you it’s always wonderful is not being realistic,” he said. “There were things I wish I had done better; there were things that were probably left undone, but my time has passed.
“For the most part I was reasonably satisfied with what I was able to do for Albany and also a State sense in the ministerial positions I held.”
At an age when many would consider retirement, the 65-year-old has no plans in ending his career as Albany’s top criminal lawyer.
At 26 he was thrust into the spotlight only weeks after walking into his Albany office in 1974.
“I walked into this office and a week later I had my first murder (case),” he said. “I learnt criminal laws quite quickly.
“Those days I was completely and utterly terrified, now its not complete terror.”
Having represented thousands in his 39-year career as a barrister, a few cases stand out.
“I represented a man named Donald Edmund Parry who shot and killed a police officer and seriously wounded another one, and after trial he was sentenced to death. I’m probably one of the few lawyers still in practice that sat there while the judge put a black cap on and sentenced a man to hang,” Mr Prince recalled.
“I remember that, (it was) one of the last before the death penalty was abolished.”
He admits it still doesn’t come easy after nearly four decades addressing the courts.“There is still a bit of nerve,” Mr Prince admitted. “It’s being as prepared as you can be to do the best you can and the only person that will ever know that is you.”
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