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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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|Order||Minister||Party||Premier||Title||Term start||Term end||Term in office|
|1||Robert Robinson||Nationalist||Lefroy||Minister for Woods and Forests||28 June 1917||17 April 1919||1 year, 358 days|
|Colebatch||Minister for Forests||17 April 1919||17 May 1919|
|Mitchell||17 May 1919||21 June 1919|
|2||John Scaddan||Nationalist||Mitchell||Minister for Forests||24 April 1930||24 April 1933||3 years, 0 days|
|3||John Willcock||Labor||Willcock||Minister for Forests||20 August 1936||9 December 1943||7 years, 111 days|
|4||Ross McLarty||Liberal||McLarty||Minister for Forests||1 April 1947||5 January 1948||279 days|
|5||Robert McDonald||Liberal||5 January 1948||7 October 1949||1 year, 275 days|
|Ross McLarty||Liberal||7 October 1949||24 October 1950||1 year, 17 days|
|5||Gerald Wild||Liberal||24 October 1950||23 February 1953||2 years, 122 days|
|6||Herb Graham||Labor||Hawke||23 February 1953||2 April 1959||6 years, 38 days|
|7||William Bovell||Liberal||Brand||2 April 1959||3 March 1971||11 years, 335 days|
|8||Tom Evans||Labor||Tonkin||3 March 1971||12 October 1971||223 days|
|9||David Evans||12 October 1971||8 April 1974||2 years, 178 days|
|10||Alan Ridge||Liberal||C. Court||8 April 1974||10 March 1977||2 years, 336 days|
|11||June Craig||Minister for Lands and Forests||10 March 1977||25 August 1978||1 year, 168 days|
|12||David Wordsworth MLC||25 August 1978||25 January 1982||3 years, 153 days|
|13||Ian Laurance||Liberal||O'Connor||Minister for Forests||25 January 1982||25 February 1983||1 year, 31 days|
|14||Brian Burke||Labor||Burke||25 February 1983||22 March 1985||2 years, 25 days|
|15||Monty House||National||R. Court||Minister for Primary Industries||16 February 1993||16 February 2001||8 years, 0 days|
|16||Kim Chance MLC||Labor||Gallop||Minister for Forestry||16 February 2001||1 July 2001||7 years, 220 days|
|Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries||1 July 2001||10 March 2005||3 years, 252 days|
|Minister for Agriculture and Forestry||10 March 2005||25 January 2006||321 days|
|Carpenter||25 January 2006||3 February 2006||9 days|
|Minister for Forestry||3 February 2006||23 September 2008||2 years, 233 days|
|17||Terry Redman||National||Barnett||23 September 2008||11 December 2013||5 years, 79 days|
|18||Mia Davies||11 December 2013||17 March 2017||3 years, 96 days|
|19||Dave Kelly||Labor||McGowan||Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science||17 March 2017||9 February 2019||1 year, 329 days|
|Order||Minister||Party||Premier||Title||Term start||Term end||Term in office|
|1||David Evans||Labor||Burke||Minister assisting the Minister for Forests||25 February 1983||22 March 1985||2 years, 25 days|
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