Minister for Corrective Services (Western Australia)

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The Minister for Corrective Services is a position in the Cabinet of Western Australia, first created in 1983 during the Burke Ministry. The minister was known as the Minister for Prisons until 1987, but since then has been known under its current title.

The current Minister for Corrective Services is Bill Johnston of the Labor Party, who holds the position as a member of the McGowan Ministry. The minister, who has often held other portfolios in addition to protective services, is responsible for the state government's Department of Corrective Services (DCS), which runs the state's corrections system.

List of Ministers for Corrective Services

Seven people have been appointed as Minister for Corrective Services or Minister for Prisons, with the inaugural minister, Joe Berinson, having served for 9 years and 303 days, the longest in the position. Between 1993 and 2006, during the Court–Cowan and Gallop ministries (and during the first months of the Carpenter Ministry), responsibility for the portfolio was transferred to the Minister for Justice, with no separate corrective services minister. Prior to the portfolio's creation in 1983, responsibility for prisons had rested with either the Minister for Justice or the Attorney-General. [1]

In the table below, members of the Legislative Council are designated "MLC". All others were members of the Legislative Assembly at the time of their service. In Western Australia, serving ministers are entitled to be styled "The Honourable", and may retain the style after three years' service in the ministry. [2]

OrderMinisterPartyPremierTitleTerm startTerm endTerm in office
1 Joe Berinson   Labor Burke Minister for Prisons19 April 198316 March 19879 years, 303 days
 Minister for Corrective Services16 March 198725 February 1988
  Dowding 25 February 198819 February 1990
  Lawrence 19 February 199016 February 1993
1993–2006: no minister – responsibility for portfolio held by Minister for Justice.
2 Margaret Quirk   Labor Carpenter Minister for Corrective Services26 May 200623 August 20082 years, 89 days
3 Christian Porter   Liberal Barnett 23 August 200814 December 20102 years, 113 days
4 Terry Redman   National 14 December 201029 June 20121 year, 198 days
5 Murray Cowper   Liberal 29 June 201221 March 2013265 days
6 Joe Francis   Liberal 21 March 201317 March 20173 years, 361 days
7 Fran Logan   Labor McGowan 17 March 201730 May 20214 years, 74 days

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References

  1. Child, Family & Community Services Ministry of Western Australia – Parliamentary Library of Western Australia. Last updated 3 April 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. Addressing a Member of Parliament – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2015.