Minister for Forestry (Western Australia)

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The Minister for Forestry is a position in the Cabinet of Western Australia. The minister is responsible for the Forest Products Commission, an agency of the government of Western Australia, and may hold other portfolios in addition to forestry. The current Minister for Forestry is Dave Kelly of the Labor Party, who holds the position as a member of the McGowan Labor Government.

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is a Western Australian Government trading enterprise established under an Act of Parliament, responsible for development and marketing of the state's renewable timber resources. The agency was established as part of the then Court Government's response to the debate regarding logging in old growth forests. The minister responsible for the agency is the Minister for Forestry, currently Dave Kelly of the Labor Party.

Government of Western Australia state government of Western Australia

The Government of Western Australia, formally referred to as Her Majesty's Government of Western Australia, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of Western Australia. It is also commonly referred to as the WA Government or the Western Australian Government. The Government of Western Australia, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1890 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Western Australia has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, Western Australia ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Dave Kelly (politician) Australian politician

David Joseph Kelly is an Australian politician who has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 2013, representing the seat of Bassendean. In the McGowan Ministry, he is Minister for Water, Minister for Fisheries, Minister for Forestry, Minister for Innovation and ICT, and Minister for Science.

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The responsibilities now incorporated in the portfolio were originally held by the Colonial Secretary, and subsequently the Minister for Lands. A separate Minister for Forests was not appointed until the 1917 Lefroy Ministry, with the inaugural minister being Robert Robinson. From the late 1950s to the early 1980s the forests and lands portfolios were generally held by the same person, and for a brief period during the Court Ministry the two portfolios were merged, under the title Minister for Lands and Forests. The portfolio was again merged with others during the late 1980s and 1990s, with the minister responsible for forestry known as the Minister for Conservation and Land Management from 1985 to 1993 and as the Minister for Primary Industries from 1993 to 2001. Although the portfolio has since then often been held by the Minister for Agriculture or the Minister for Fisheries, it has been once again a standalone portfolio since 2006.

The Colonial Secretary of Western Australia was one of the most important and powerful public offices in Western Australia, in the time when Western Australia was a British colony. The Colonial Secretary was the representative of the British Colonial Office in Western Australia, and was usually appointed from Britain. He was responsible for all official correspondence between the colony and the Colonial Office. He was at all times a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council and the Western Australian Executive Council.

Minister for Lands is a position in the government of Western Australia, currently held by Rita Saffioti of the Labor Party. The position was first created in 1870, under the name Commissioner of Crown Lands, at a time when Western Australia was still a British colony and had not yet achieved responsible government. Exception for a brief period between 2001 and 2003, it has existed in every government since then. The minister is currently responsible for the state government's Department of Lands, which is responsible for the management of crown land in Western Australia.

The Lefroy Ministry was the 13th Ministry of the Government of Western Australia and was led by Nationalist Premier Sir Henry Lefroy. It succeeded the Second Wilson Ministry on 28 June 1917 due to most members of the former Liberal Party, of which the previous Premier, Frank Wilson, had been the leader, pledging allegiance to the new party. The Lefroy Ministry, which was the first Coalition ministry in Western Australia, was also the only Ministry of a non-Labor government to be chosen by caucus.

List of Ministers for Forestry

Eighteen people have been appointed as Minister for Forestry (or equivalent) in Western Australia, with William Bovell's 11 years and 335 days the longest time period in the position. [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]

Western Australian Legislative Council upper house of the Legislature of the state of Western Australia

The Western Australian Legislative Council is the upper house of the Parliament of Western Australia, a state of Australia. It is regarded as a house of review for legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly, the lower house. The two Houses of Parliament sit in Parliament House in the state capital, Perth.

Western Australian Legislative Assembly legislature of the State of Western Australia

The Western Australian Legislative Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of Western Australia, an Australian state. The Parliament sits in Parliament House in the Western Australian capital, Perth.

The prefix The Honourable or The Honorable is an honorific style that is used before the names of certain classes of people.

OrderMinisterPartyPremierTitleTerm startTerm endTerm in office
1 Robert Robinson   Nationalist Lefroy Minister for Woods and Forests28 June 191717 April 19191 year, 358 days
  Colebatch Minister for Forests17 April 191917 May 1919
  Mitchell 17 May 191921 June 1919
2 John Scaddan   Nationalist Mitchell Minister for Forests24 April 193024 April 19333 years, 0 days
3 John Willcock   Labor Willcock Minister for Forests20 August 19369 December 19437 years, 111 days
4 Ross McLarty   Liberal McLarty Minister for Forests1 April 19475 January 1948279 days
5 Robert McDonald   Liberal 5 January 19487 October 19491 year, 275 days

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Ross McLarty   Liberal 7 October 194924 October 19501 year, 17 days
5 Gerald Wild   Liberal 24 October 195023 February 19532 years, 122 days
6 Herb Graham   Labor Hawke 23 February 19532 April 19596 years, 38 days
7 William Bovell   Liberal Brand 2 April 19593 March 197111 years, 335 days
8 Tom Evans   Labor Tonkin 3 March 197112 October 1971223 days
9 David Evans  12 October 19718 April 19742 years, 178 days
10 Alan Ridge   Liberal C. Court 8 April 197410 March 19772 years, 336 days
11 June Craig  Minister for Lands and Forests10 March 197725 August 19781 year, 168 days
12 David Wordsworth MLC 25 August 197825 January 19823 years, 153 days
13 Ian Laurance   Liberal O'Connor Minister for Forests25 January 198225 February 19831 year, 31 days
14 Brian Burke   Labor Burke 25 February 198322 March 19852 years, 25 days
15 Monty House   National R. Court Minister for Primary Industries16 February 199316 February 20018 years, 0 days
16 Kim Chance MLC  Labor Gallop Minister for Forestry16 February 20011 July 20017 years, 220 days
 Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries1 July 200110 March 20053 years, 252 days
 Minister for Agriculture and Forestry10 March 200525 January 2006321 days
  Carpenter 25 January 20063 February 20069 days
 Minister for Forestry3 February 200623 September 20082 years, 233 days
17 Terry Redman   National Barnett 23 September 200811 December 20135 years, 79 days
18 Mia Davies  11 December 201317 March 20173 years, 96 days
19 Dave Kelly   Labor McGowan Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science17 March 20179 February 20191 year, 329 days

List of assistant Ministers for Forestry

OrderMinisterPartyPremierTitleTerm startTerm endTerm in office
1 David Evans   Labor Burke Minister assisting the Minister for Forests25 February 198322 March 19852 years, 25 days

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References

  1. Forests Ministry of Western Australia – Parliamentary Library of Western Australia. Last updated 28 March 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. Addressing a Member of Parliament – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 1 October 2013.