Governor of Western Australia

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Governor of Western Australia
Badge of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
Badge of the Governor
Flag of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
Flag of the Governor
Kim Beazley crop.jpg
Incumbent
Kim Beazley
AC

since 1 May 2018
Viceregal
Style His Excellency the Honourable
Residence Government House, Perth
Seat Perth
Nominator Premier of Western Australia
Appointer Monarch of Australia
on the advice of the Premier
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
(usually 5 years by convention)
Formation6 February 1832
First holder Captain James Stirling
Website govhouse.wa.gov.au

The governor of Western Australia is the representative in Western Australia of Elizabeth II as the queen of Australia. As with the other governors of the Australian states, the governor of Western Australia performs constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including:

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Furthermore, all Bills passed by the Parliament of Western Australia require the governor's signature before they become Acts and pass into law. However, since convention almost always requires the governor to act on the advice of the premier and the Cabinet, such approval is almost always a formality.

The current governor is Kim Beazley. He succeeded Kerry Sanderson, who was the first woman to hold the position, in May 2018. [1]

Until the appointment of Sir James Mitchell in 1948, all governors of Western Australia had been British officials. After Mitchell's appointment, a further three Britons served as governor: Mitchell's two immediate successors, and then, from 1980 to 1983, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge who was the last British governor of any Australian state. [2]

Styles

The governor of Western Australia is styled His Excellency during his term in office (or Her Excellency for a female governor). In August 2014, three of the four living past governors – John Sanderson, Ken Michael and Malcolm McCusker – were given the style "The Honourable", on the recommendation of the premier. [3] The other living former governor, Michael Jeffery, already held the style in virtue of his later service as governor-general of Australia.

Governor's standard

The governor's standard of Western Australia is the same design as the British blue ensign with the union flag at the upper left quarter. On the right side, the state badge of Western Australia, comprising a black swan in a yellow disc, is surmounted by the St. Edward's crown.

If the standard is flying at Government House, on a vehicle or at an event, this indicates that the governor is present.

List of lieutenant-governors of the Swan River Colony and governors of Western Australia

This is a list of governors and lieutenant-governors of Western Australia.

Lieutenant-governors of the Swan River Colony

Stirling was in fact only commissioned as the governor of Western Australia from 4 March 1831, rectifying the absence of a legal instrument providing the authority detailed in Stirling's Instructions of 30 December 1828. Stirling had said of his own position:

I believe I am the first Governor who ever formed a settlement without Commission, Laws, Instructions and Salary. [4]

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1 Jamesstirling.jpg Captain Sir James Stirling RN 30 December 18285 February 1832

Governors

No.PortraitGovernorFromTo
1 Jamesstirling.jpg Captain Sir James Stirling RN 4 March 18322 January 1839
2 John Hutt.jpg John Hutt 3 January 183926 January 1846
3 Andrew Clarke.jpg Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Clarke KCH 27 January 184611 February 1847
- Frederick Irwin (1788-1860).jpg Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Irwin (acting Governor)12 February 184711 August 1848
4 Charles Fitzgerald.jpg Captain Charles Fitzgerald 12 August 184822 July 1855
5 ArthurEdwardKennedy.jpg Sir Arthur Kennedy GCMG CB 23 July 185527 February 1862
6 John Hampton.jpg Dr John Hampton 28 February 18621 November 1868
7 Benjamin Pine.jpg Sir Benjamin Pine [5] 2 November 186829 September 1869
8 Frederick Weld.jpg The Hon. Sir Frederick Weld GCMG 30 September 186910 January 1875
9 Williamrobinson.jpg Sir William Robinson GCMG 11 January 187511 November 1877
10 HarryStGeorgeOrd-1877-1880.jpg Major General The Hon. Sir Harry Ord GCMG CB RE [6] 12 November 18779 April 1880
- Williamrobinson.jpg Sir William Robinson GCMG (2nd time)10 April 18801 June 1883
11 Frederick Broome.jpg Sir Frederick Broome KCMG 2 June 188319 October 1890
- Williamrobinson.jpg Sir William Robinson GCMG (3rd time)20 October 189022 December 1895
12 Lieutenant Colonel Sir Gerard Smith KCMG 23 December 189530 April 1901
13 Arthur Lawley, 6th Baron Wenlock.png Sir Arthur Lawley GCIE KCMG 1 May 190123 March 1903
14 Frederick Bedford Vanity Fair 3 December 1903.jpg Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford KCB 24 March 190330 May 1909
15 Gerald Strickland 1930s.jpg Sir Gerald Strickland KCMG 31 May 190916 March 1913
16 HarryBarron.jpg Major General Sir Harry Barron KCMG CVO 17 March 19138 April 1917
17 WGEllison-Macartney.jpg The Rt Hon. Sir William Ellison-Macartney KCMG 9 April 19178 April 1920
18 Francis Newdegate.jpg Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG 9 April 192027 October 1924
19 William Campion.jpg Colonel Sir William Campion KCMG DSO TD 28 October 19248 June 1931
N/A [7] 19311948
20 Sir James Mitchell.jpg Sir James Mitchell GCMG 5 October 194830 June 1951
21 General Sir Charles Gairdner GBE KCMG KCVO CB 6 November 195125 October 1963
22 Major General Sir Douglas Kendrew KCMG CB CBE DSO 25 October 19636 January 1974
23 HughieEdwards.jpg Air Commodore Sir Hughie Edwards VC KCMG CB DSO OBE DFC 7 January 19742 April 1975
24 Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Hart Kyle GCB KCVO CBE DSO DFC 24 November 197524 November 1980
25 Rear Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge KCVO 25 November 198024 November 1983
26 Professor Gordon Reid AC 2 July 198430 September 1989
27 The Hon. Sir Francis Burt AC KCMG QC 29 March 199031 October 1993
28 Jeffery Michael 030238DI-002.jpg Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC 1 November 199317 August 2000
29 Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC 18 August 200031 October 2005
30 Ken Michael.jpg Dr Ken Michael AC 18 January 20062 May 2011
31 11 Nov gnangarra-10.jpg Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC 1 July 201130 June 2014
32 Kerry Sanderson Governor of Western Australia crop.jpg Kerry Sanderson AC 20 October 20141 May 2018
33 Kim Beazley crop.jpg Kim Beazley AC 1 May 2018Incumbent

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The following is the Australian Table of Precedence.

  1. The Queen of Australia: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  2. The Governor-General of Australia: His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC, FTSE
  3. Governors of states in order of appointment:
    1. Governor of Queensland His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, CVO, QC
    2. Governor of South Australia His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC
    3. Governor of Victoria Her Excellency The Honourable Linda Dessau AC
    4. Governor of Western Australia His Excellency The Honourable Kim Beazley AC
    5. Governor of New South Wales Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC, QC
    6. Governor of Tasmania Her Excellency The Honourable Barbara Baker AC
  4. The Prime Minister The Honourable Scott Morrison MP
  5. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in order of election:
    1. Speaker of the House of Representatives The Honourable Tony Smith MP
    2. President of the Senate Senator The Honourable Scott Ryan
  6. The Chief Justice of Australia The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC
  7. Senior diplomatic posts:
    1. Ambassadors and High Commissioners in order of date of presentation of the Letters of Credence or Commission
    2. Chargés d'affaires en pied or en titre in order of date of presentation of the Letters of Credence or Commission
    3. Chargés d'affaires and Acting High Commissioners in order of date of assumption of duties
  8. Members of the Federal Executive Council:
    1. Ministry List
  9. Administrators of Territories in order of appointment:
    1. Administrator of Norfolk Island
    2. Administrator of the Australian Indian Ocean Territories
    3. Administrator of the Northern Territory
  10. The Leader of the Opposition The Honourable Anthony Albanese MP
  11. Former holders of high offices:
    1. Former Governors-General in order of leaving office:
      1. The Hon. Bill Hayden AC (1989–1996)
      2. The Hon. Sir William Deane AC KBE QC (1996–2001)
      3. Dr Peter Hollingworth AC, OBE (2001–2003)
      4. The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO (2008–2014)
      5. General The Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC (2014–2019)
    2. Former Prime Ministers in order of leaving office:
      1. The Hon. Paul Keating (1991–1996)
      2. The Hon. John Howard OM AC SSI (1996–2007)
      3. The Hon. Kevin Rudd AC
      4. The Hon. Julia Gillard AC (2010–2013)
      5. The Hon. Tony Abbott AC (2013–2015)
      6. The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull AC (2015–2018)
    3. Former Chief Justices in order of leaving office:
      1. The Hon. Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM QC (1987–1995)
      2. The Hon. Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE GBS QC (1995–1998)
      3. The Hon. Murray Gleeson AC GBS QC (1998–2008)
      4. The Hon. Robert French AC (2008–2017)
  12. Premiers of states in order of state populations, then the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory:
    1. Premier of New South Wales
    2. Premier of Victoria
    3. Premier of Queensland
    4. Premier of Western Australia
    5. Premier of South Australia
    6. Premier of Tasmania
    7. Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
  13. Justices of the High Court in order of appointment:
    1. The Hon. Stephen Gageler AC
    2. The Hon. Patrick Keane AC
    3. The Hon. Michelle Gordon AC
    4. The Hon. James Edelman
    5. The Hon. Simon Steward QC
    6. The Hon. Jacqueline Sarah Gleeson SC
  14. Senior judges:
    1. Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
    2. President of the Fair Work Commission
  15. Chief Justices of States in order of appointment:
    1. Chief Justice of New South Wales
    2. Chief Justice of South Australia
    3. Chief Justice of Tasmania
    4. Chief Justice of Queensland
    5. Chief Justice of Victoria
    6. Chief Justice of Western Australia
  16. Australian members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in order of appointment:
    1. Ian Sinclair
    2. Sir William Heseltine
  17. The Chief of the Defence Force
  18. Chief Judges of Federal and Territory Courts in order of appointment
    1. Chief Justice of the Australian Capital Territory
    2. Chief Justice of the Northern Territory
    3. Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia
  19. Members of Parliament
  20. Judges of the Federal Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia, and Deputy presidents of the Fair Work Commission in order of appointment
  21. Lord Mayors of capital cities in order of city populations:
    1. Lord Mayor of Sydney
    2. Lord Mayor of Melbourne
    3. Lord Mayor of Brisbane
    4. Lord Mayor of Perth
    5. Lord Mayor of Adelaide
    6. Lord Mayor of Hobart
    7. Lord Mayor of Darwin
  22. Heads of religious communities according to the date of assuming office in Australia
  23. Presiding officers of State Legislatures in order of appointment, then Presiding Officer of the Northern Territory legislature:
    1. Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
    2. Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
    3. Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly
    4. President of the Victorian Legislative Council
    5. Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
    6. President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council
    7. President of the South Australian Legislative Council
    8. Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
    9. President of the New South Wales Legislative Council
    10. President of the Western Australian Legislative Council
    11. Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
    12. Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
  24. Members of State Executive Councils in order of state populations, and then members of the Northern Territory Executive Council:
    1. Executive Council of New South Wales
    2. Executive Council of Victoria
    3. Executive Council of Queensland
    4. Executive Council of Western Australia
    5. Executive Council of South Australia
    6. Executive Council of Tasmania
    7. Executive Council of the Northern Territory
  25. Leaders of the Opposition of State Legislatures in order of state populations, then in the Northern Territory:
    1. Leader of the Opposition of New South Wales
    2. Leader of the Opposition of Victoria
    3. Leader of the Opposition of Queensland
    4. Leader of the Opposition of Western Australia
    5. Leader of the Opposition of South Australia
    6. Leader of the Opposition of Tasmania
    7. Leader of the Opposition of the Northern Territory
  26. Judges of State and Territory Supreme Courts in order of appointment:
    1. Supreme Court of New South Wales
    2. Supreme Court of Victoria
    3. Supreme Court of Queensland
    4. Supreme Court of Western Australia
    5. Supreme Court of South Australia
    6. Supreme Court of Tasmania
    7. Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  27. Members of State Legislatures in order of state populations:
    1. New South Wales Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council
    2. Victorian Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council
    3. Queensland Legislative Assembly
    4. Western Australian Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council
    5. South Australian House of Assembly and Legislative Council
    6. Tasmanian House of Assembly and Legislative Council
    7. Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
  28. The Secretaries of Departments of the Australian Public Service and their peers and the Chiefs of the Air Force, Army, and Navy and Vice Chief of the Defence Force in order of first appointment to this group:
    1. Vice Chief of the Defence Force
    2. Chief of Navy
    3. Chief of Army
    4. Chief of Air Force
  29. Consuls-General, Consuls and Vice-Consuls according to the date on which recognition was granted
  30. Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
  31. Recipients of Decorations or Honours from the Sovereign
  32. Citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia

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References

  1. "Kim Beazley named new governor of WA, capping distinguished career for ex-Labor leader". ABC News. 3 April 2018.
  2. Dr Geoff Gallop, Premier (13 May 2003). "Rear Admiral Sir Richard John Trowbridge Condolence Motion" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) . Western Australia: Western Australian Legislative Assembly. Part 1: pp. 7514–7514.
  3. Western Australian Government Gazette, 15 August 2014, No. 126, p. 2951. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  4. "Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK)". Documenting a Democracy. National Archives of Australia. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2008. - see also Scan of 1st page of parchment original Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine and Bathurst (1831). "Transcription of Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK)" (pdf (5 pages)). Founding documents: 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation. National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 5 March 2008.
  5. Although formally appointed Governor, Pine never actually came to Western Australia to take up his post; the role was filled by an administrator, Lieutenant Colonel John Bruce.
  6. Ord was Lieutenant-Governor from 12 November 1877 to 29 January 1878.
  7. The post of Governor was not filled between 1931 and 1948. Sir John Northmore was administrator until 29 June 1932. He was Lieutenant-Governor until 10 July 1933, and was succeeded as Lieutenant-Governor by Sir James Mitchell until 4 October 1948. Mitchell was appointed Governor from 5 October 1948.