David Honey

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David Honey

Leader of the Liberal Party of Western Australia
Assumed office
23 March 2021
Deputy Libby Mettam
Preceded by Zak Kirkup
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Cottesloe
Assumed office
17 March 2018
Preceded by Colin Barnett
Personal details
David John Honey

(1958-04-18) 18 April 1958 (age 62)
Mount Barker, Western Australia
Political party Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Western Australia

David John Honey (born 18 April 1958) is an Australian politician, who is the Liberal Party member for the electoral district of Cottesloe in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since 2018. He is currently the leader of the WA Liberal Party, and was previously the Shadow Minister for Industrial Development, Water and Lands, and the Liberal Party's Legislative Assembly Policy Co-ordinator.


Education and early career

Honey completed a Bachelor of Science with first-class Honours and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Western Australia. He has held technical roles including as a Forensic Scientist and Environmental Scientist with the State Government, and also formed the Hydrometallurgy Research Group for Western Australian Mining Corporation.

Honey was formerly the Global Residue Manager for Alcoa's Refining operations, having overall accountability for the refining residue operations in the United States, Spain, Brazil and Australia. Prior to that role, Honey held senior management and technical roles in Alcoa. He joined Alcoa as a Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Global Refining Centre of Excellence before moving on to the positions of Clarification Manager, Pinjarra Refinery, Digestion manager, Kwinana Refinery, Production Manager, Kwinana Refinery, and Western Australian Operations Residue Manager.

From 2012 to 2018, he was the President of the Kwinana Industries Council, a lobby group representing chemical, petroleum, cement and other firms in Kwinana. [1]

Political career

From 1994 to 1997, Honey was president of WA Liberal Party. [2] During that time, he was aligned with controversial Liberal Party power broker Noel Crichton-Browne, but when Crichton-Browne made inappropriate sexual comments to journalist Colleen Egan at a Liberal Party conference in July 1995, Honey initiated the successful motion to expel Crichton-Browne from the party. [3] [4] Honey later explained in March 2021, that as the party president, he had to deal with the issue of Crichton-Browne being a power broker and his "undue influence" over the party and preselections.

Honey was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in the Cotteslo by-election on 17 March 2018, following the resignation of former Premier Colin Barnett. At the 2021 state election, Honey was one of only two Liberals to hold their seats in the massive landslide victory by the Labor Party. The other Liberal member, Libby Mettam, declined to contest the party leadership, leaving the position open for Honey when the party's parliamentary wing met to elect a leader on 23 March 2021. [5] Upon his election as leader, Honey brought up his role in the expulsion of Crichton-Browne in 1995 as a reason why he should be party leader, who would oversee a "root and branch" analysis and restructuring of the party. [6]

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  2. "Our History". WA Liberal Party. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  3. "Crichton-Browne, Noel Ashley (1944– )". The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  4. "Transcript of the prime minister, the Hon P.J Keating MP doorstop, Sheraton Breakwater Casino-Hotel, Townsville, Monday, 14 August 1995". PM Transcripts. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  5. "David Honey set to become leader of WA Liberals". ABC News. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  6. "WA Liberals seek formal coalition with Nationals as party confronts 'huge job' after election disaster". ABC News. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Colin Barnett
Member for Cottesloe
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Hassell
President of the WA Liberal Party
Succeeded by
David Johnston
Preceded by
Zak Kirkup
Leader of the WA Liberal Party