Minister for Electoral Affairs (Western Australia)

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The Minister for Electoral Affairs is a position in the Cabinet of Western Australia, first created in 1990 during the Lawrence Ministry under the title Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Reform. That title was retained until 1993, when the name Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs was adopted. The current title was adopted in 2001.

The current Minister for Electoral Affairs is John Quigley of the Labor Party, who holds the position as a member of the McGowan Ministry. The minister, who generally holds other portfolios in addition to electoral affairs, is responsible for the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC), the state government agency that conducts elections and referendums in Western Australia. Western Australia is the only Australian jurisdiction to have a separate electoral affairs minister.

List of Ministers for Electoral Affairs

Six people have been appointed as Minister for Electoral Affairs or equivalent. Jim McGinty, who served in both the Gallop and Carpenter governments, held the position for the longest period, 7 years and 220 days. Norman Moore was minister in two non-consecutive governments (the Court–Cowan and Barnett governments), with a gap of more than eleven years between terms. [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 Geoff Gallop   Labor Lawrence Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Reform19 February 199016 February 19932 years, 363 days
2 Cheryl Edwardes   Liberal R. Court Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs16 February 199310 February 19951 year, 359 days
3 Norman Moore MLC 10 February 19959 January 1997see below
4 Doug Shave  9 January 199716 February 20014 years, 38 days
5 Jim McGinty   Labor Gallop Minister for Electoral Affairs16 February 200125 January 20067 years, 220 days
  Carpenter 25 January 200623 September 2008
(3)Norman Moore MLC  Liberal Barnett 23 September 200821 March 20136 years,
148 days
6 Peter Collier MLC 21 March 201316 March 20173 years,
360 days
7 Bill Johnston MLA  Labor McGowan 16 March 201713 December 20181 year,
272 days
7 Stephen Dawson MLC 13 December 20182 years, 191 days

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References

  1. Electoral Affairs Ministry of Western Australia – Parliamentary Library of Western Australia. Last updated 29 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. Addressing a Member of Parliament – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2015.