Bill Hassell

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Bill Hassell

AM
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Cottesloe
In office
19 February 1977 28 June 1990
Preceded by Ross Hutchinson
Succeeded by Colin Barnett
20th Leader of the Opposition (Western Australia)
In office
15 February 1984 25 November 1986
Preceded by Ray O'Connor
Succeeded by Barry MacKinnon
Agent-General for Western Australia
In office
1994–1996
Personal details
Born
William Ralph Boucher Hassell

(1943-06-06) 6 June 1943 (age 77)
CitizenshipAustralian
Political party Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Western Australia
ProfessionLawyer

William Ralph Boucher Hassell, best known as Bill Hassell, (born 6 June 1943) is an Australian former Liberal Party politician who was Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia during the mid-1980s. He was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Cottesloe between 1977 and 1990.

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Early life

After attending Hale School, Hassell attended the University of Western Australia (UWA), graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Laws. He entered legal practice in 1966. [1]

Political career

In 1977 Hassell was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Cottesloe, representing the Liberal Party. [2]

He was Leader of the Opposition between 1984 and 1986 before being replaced by Barry MacKinnon. [3]

Hassell's subsequent political career saw him served as deputy mayor on Nedlands Council and in this capacity in November 2019, he stated that “Although I loathe and detest welcomes to the country, I sit through them patiently when we have these ceremonies.” [4] Seven months later in June 2020, Hassell tendered his resignation as deputy mayor and from the council. [5]

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References

  1. "Alumni - Graduates - Bill Hassell (1965)". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 9 November 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "A numerical listing of Members of the Legislative Assembly since 1890" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. October 2012. p. 9. Retrieved 9 November 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Leaders of the Opposition from 1905" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Dickinson, Ben (16 November 2019). "Hassell blames militants for 'Invasion Day'" (PDF). Post Newspapers. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  5. https://nedlands.wa.gov.au/media-release/city-acknowledges-resignation-councillor-bill-hassell-am
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Ross Hutchinson
Member for Cottesloe
1977–1990
Succeeded by
Colin Barnett
Political offices
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Leader of the Opposition
1984–1986
Succeeded by
Barry MacKinnon
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Leader of the WA Liberal Party
1984–1986
Succeeded by
Barry MacKinnon