Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)

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Australian Labor Party
(Western Australian Branch)
General SecretaryTim Picton
Leader Mark McGowan
Deputy Leader Roger Cook
Deputy SecretaryEllie Whiteaker
PresidentCarolyn Smith
Founded1899;122 years ago (1899)
HeadquartersLevel 1, 22 Eastbrook Terrace, East Perth, WA 6004
Youth wing WA Young Labor
National affiliation Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly
53 / 59
Legislative Council
22 / 36
House of Representatives
5 / 16
(WA seats)
4 / 12
(WA seats)

The Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch), commonly known as WA Labor, is the Western Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party. It is the current governing party of Western Australia since winning the 2017 election under Mark McGowan.



The Western Australian state division of the Australian Labor Party was formed at a Trade Union Congress in Coolgardie in 1899. [1] Shortly afterwards the federal Labor Party was formalised in time for Australian federation in 1901. The WA Labor Party achieved representation in the Western Australian Parliament in 1900 with six members, and four years later the party entered into minority government with Henry Daglish becoming the first Labor Premier of Western Australia. [1]


The current leaders of the party are: [2]

Election results for Legislative Assembly

ElectionLeaderSeats±Votes %±%Position
1897 No official leader
1 / 44
6 / 50
1904 Robert Hastie
22 / 50
Minority government (from 10 Aug 1904 - 25 Aug 1905)
1905 William Johnson
14 / 50
1908 Thomas Bath
22 / 50
1911 John Scaddan
34 / 50
Increase2.svg1247,55852.64%Increase2.svg14.73Majority government
26 / 50
Decrease2.svg840,20542.12%Decrease2.svg10.42Majority government
Minority government (from 18 Dec 1915 - 27 Jul 1917)
1917 Philip Collier
15 / 50
17 / 50
27 / 50
Increase2.svg1039,67940.39%Increase2.svg3.58Majority government
27 / 50
Steady2.svg063,68745.33%Increase2.svg4.94Majority government
23 / 50
30 / 50
Increase2.svg782,70245.48%Increase2.svg7.04Majority government
26 / 50
Decrease2.svg457,05542.33%Decrease2.svg3.15Majority government
1939 John Willcock
27 / 50
Increase2.svg192,58545.02%Increase2.svg2.63Majority government
30 / 50
Increase2.svg377,56743.28%Increase2.svg4.00Majority government
1947 Frank Wise
23 / 50
23 / 50
1953 Albert Hawke
26 / 50
Increase2.svg393,15749.76%Increase2.svg7.92Majority government
29 / 50
Increase2.svg3116,79349.70%Decrease2.svg0.07Majority government
23 / 50
24 / 50
21 / 50
1968 John Tonkin
23 / 51
26 / 51
Increase2.svg3230,65348.91%Increase2.svg3.56Majority government
22 / 51
1977 Colin Jamieson
22 / 55
1980 Ron Davies
23 / 55
1983 Brian Burke
32 / 57
Increase2.svg9342,53653.16%Increase2.svg7.21Majority government
32 / 57
Steady2.svg0416,80553.00%Decrease2.svg0.16Majority government
1989 Peter Dowding
31 / 57
Decrease2.svg1341,93142.46%Decrease2.svg10.54Majority government
1993 Carmen Lawrence
24 / 57
1996 Geoff Gallop
19 / 57
32 / 57
Increase2.svg13382,30837.24%Increase2.svg1.42Majority government
32 / 57
Steady2.svg0448,95641.88%Increase2.svg4.65Majority government
2008 Alan Carpenter
28 / 59
2013 Mark McGowan
21 / 59
41 / 59
Increase2.svg20557,79442.20%Increase2.svg9.07Majority government
53 / 59
Increase2.svg12846,11659.92%Increase2.svg17.72Majority government

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