Mia Davies

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Mia Davies

MLA
36th Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia
Assumed office
14 April 2021
Premier Mark McGowan
Preceded by Zak Kirkup
15th Leader of the National Party in Western Australia
Assumed office
21 March 2017
Deputy Jacqui Boydell
Shane Love
Preceded by Brendon Grylls
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Central Wheatbelt
Assumed office
21 March 2013
Preceded byBrendon Grylls
Member of the Legislative Council for Agricultural Region
In office
22 May 2009 12 February 2013
Preceded byBrendon Grylls
Succeeded byJacqui Boydell
Party leadership positions
Deputy Leader of the National Party
in Western Australia
In office
26 November 2013 11 March 2017
Leader Terry Redman
Brendon Grylls
Preceded by Terry Redman
Succeeded by Jacqui Boydell
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Lands
In office
22 June 2009 1 January 2012
LeaderBrendon Grylls
Preceded byTerry Redman
Succeeded by Vince Catania
Ministerial offices
Assistant Minister for State Development
In office
8 December 2014 27 March 2017
Premier Colin Barnett
Preceded by Bill Marmion
Succeeded by Alannah MacTiernan
Minister for Sport and Recreation
In office
8 December 2014 27 March 2017
PremierColin Barnett
Preceded by Terry Waldron
Succeeded by Mick Murray
Minister for Water and Forestry
In office
11 December 2013 17 March 2017
PremierColin Barnett
Preceded by Terry Redman
Succeeded by Dave Kelly
Personal details
Born
Mia Jane Davies

(1978-11-03) 3 November 1978 (age 42)
Perth, Western Australia
Political party National
Father Dexter Davies
Education Wyalkatchem District High School
Methodist Ladies' College
Alma mater Murdoch University

Mia Jane Davies (born 3 November 1978) is an Australian politician who is the current Leader of the Opposition and leader of the National Party in Western Australia. She has been a member of the state Legislative Assembly since 2013, having previously served in the Legislative Council from 2009 to 2013. Davies was elected deputy leader of the Nationals in November 2013, and replaced Brendon Grylls as leader in March 2017 following his defeat at the 2017 state election. As a result of the Liberal Party's electoral wipeout at the 2021 state election, she became leader of the opposition after Premier Mark McGowan gave her party the official opposition party funding, the first member of her party to hold the role since Arthur Watts in 1947.

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Early life

Davies was born in Perth to Effie (née South) and Dexter Davies. Her father was also a National Party member of parliament. Davies was raised on her parents' farm in Yorkrakine, a small Wheatbelt town. She attended Wyalkatchem District High School before boarding at Methodist Ladies' College, Perth, and later completed a degree in marketing and media at Murdoch University. [1] From 1999 to 2001, Davies lived and worked in London. After returning to Australia, she began working for Max Trenorden (the state leader of the National Party at the time) as an administrative assistant and research officer. She continued on in a similar role when Brendon Grylls became leader in 2005, and later ran her own consulting business. [2]

Politics

At the 2008 state election, Davies was elected to parliament in third position on the National Party ticket for Agricultural Region. Her election was challenged by Anthony Fels, a Family First candidate, and the dispute was not settled until just two days before her term was set to begin (in May 2009). [2] [3] She was 30 years old at the time of being sworn in, becoming the youngest member of the Legislative Council at the time (the "baby of the house"). [2] At the 2013 state election, Davies transferred to the Legislative Assembly, winning the seat of Central Wheatbelt. Her predecessor in the seat was Brendon Grylls, the party leader, who had transferred to the seat of Pilbara. After the election, Davies was made parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Regional Development and the Minister for Lands, and also assistant minister to the Minister for State Development. [4]

In November 2013, Davies was elected deputy leader of the National Party, replacing Terry Redman (who had replaced Brendon Grylls as leader). Her only opponent for the deputy leadership was Wendy Duncan. [5] Davies was subsequently elevated to the ministry, becoming Minister for Water and Minister for Forestry. [4] She was 35 at the time, becoming the youngest-ever government minister from her party (and the eighth-youngest overall). [6] In December 2014, Davies was also made Minister for Sport and Recreation, replacing Terry Waldron. [4] She continued in cabinet until the Barnett government's landslide defeat at the 2017 state election, which also saw Brendon Grylls lose the seat of Pilbara. Despite this, Davies actually increased her share of the vote, with Central Wheatbelt becoming the safest non-government seat in the state. [7] Following the state election in March 2017; Davies was elected the Leader of the Parliamentary National Party (WA) and Mining and Pastoral MP, Hon Jacqui Boydell MLC became the Deputy Leader.

In 2021 after the political wipeout of the WA Liberal Party, she became State Opposition Leader, the first time the Nationals had been the official opposition since 1947. She became the third woman to be WA Opposition Leader and each from a different party after former Labor Premier Carmen Lawrence and former Liberal leader Liza Harvey.

Although the Nationals were one seat short of official status in the legislature, Premier Mark McGowan promised that Davies and the Nationals would receive the resources entitled to them as an opposition. [8] On 19 April 2021, the Nationals formed a formal opposition alliance with the remains of the Liberals, now led by David Honey. The Nationals would be the senior partner, and Davies appointed Honey and two other Liberals to her shadow cabinet. [9] Unlike past Liberal-National Coalitions in Western Australia, each party maintained their independence, and could speak out on their own when there were disagreements with the other partner. [10] [11]

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References

  1. Mia Jane Davies – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Black, David and Phillips, Harry (2012). Making a Difference: Women in the Western Australian Parliament 1921–2012 (PDF). Parliament House, Perth, Western Australia: Parliament of Western Australia. pp. 512–519.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. "Fels loses appeal over Davies victory", ABC News, 21 May 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 Hon. Mia Jane Davies MLA BMM – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  5. "Mia Davies chosen as Nationals deputy leader and will fill vacant Cabinet post", ABC News, 26 November 2013.
  6. David Black (2014), The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook (Twenty-Third Edition) Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine ; Perth [W.A.]: Parliament of Western Australia; p. 240.
  7. Michael Ramsey (18 March 2021). "Labor pulls ahead in blue-ribbon WA seats". Seven News . Australian Associated Press.
  8. "Opposition Alliance Agreement Reached". The Nationals WA. 19 April 2021. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  9. "WA Liberals and Nationals enter alliance instead of formal coalition following electoral wipeout". ABC News. 19 April 2021. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  10. "WA Nationals, Liberals form alliance for opposition – just don't call it a coalition". WA Today. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Brendon Grylls
Member for Central Wheatbelt
2013–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Terry Redman
Minister for Water
2013–2017
Succeeded by
Dave Kelly
Minister for Forestry
2013–2017
Preceded by
Terry Waldron
Minister for Sport and Recreation
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Mick Murray
Preceded by
Zak Kirkup
Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia
2021–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Brendon Grylls
Leader of the National Party of Western Australia
2017–present
Incumbent