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Police swarm Premier Mark McGowan's Rockingham office after white substance and death threat discovered

Daryna Zadvirna and Peter LawThe West Australian
Police presence out the front of Mark McGowan's office in Rockingham
Camera IconPolice presence out the front of Mark McGowan's office in Rockingham Credit: Aaron Kirby/The West Australian

Police have launched an investigation into a suspicious package discovered at Premier Mark McGowan’s electoral office in Rockingham.

The West Australian understands white powder and a written death threat were found at the building.

Emergency services, including firefighters, were called to The Boardwalk office on Railway Terrace just after midday on Tuesday after a staff member had reported the items.

A WA Police spokesman said initial tests suggest the powder substance was innocuous, however further testing is being conducted.

Police presence out the front of Mark McGowan's office in Rockingham
Camera IconPolice presence out the front of Mark McGowan's office in Rockingham. Credit: Aaron Kirby/The West Australian

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Police presence out the front of Mark McGowan's office in Rockingham
Camera IconPolice presence out the front of Mark McGowan's office in Rockingham. Credit: Aaron Kirby/The West Australian

Rockingham police on Tuesday cordoned off the area but no one is believed to have been injured.

It comes after Mr McGowan’s office was forced to close in November due to ongoing security risks.

At the time, the Premier revealed that his staff were targeted by death threats and bomb threats ever since the state government announced mandatory vaccination for much of the state’s workforce.

“There’s been death threats, there’s been threats to rape my staff, there’s been people trying to bomb my office,” he said.

“Someone tried to turn up with an armoured car with a machine gun on the top.”

More to come.

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