Minister for Mines and Petroleum is a position in the government of Western Australia, currently held by Bill Johnston of the Labor Party. The position was first created in 1894, for the government of Sir John Forrest, and has existed in almost every government since then. The minister is responsible for the state government's Department of Mines and Petroleum, which oversees Western Australia's resources sector.
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.
William Joseph Johnston is an Australian politician. He has been a Labor Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since the 2008 state election, representing Cannington.
The Australian Labor Party , commonly known as WA Labor, is the Western Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party. It is the current governing party of Western Australia since winning the 2017 election under Mark McGowan.
|Term start||Term end||Minister(s)||Party|
|19 December 1894||28 April 1898||Edward Wittenoom||Ministerial|
|28 April 1898||27 May 1901||Henry Lefroy||Ministerial|
|27 May 1901||21 November 1901||Henry Gregory||Ministerial|
|21 November 1901||23 December 1901||Frank Wilson||Ministerial|
|23 December 1901||10 August 1904||Henry Gregory (again)||Ministerial|
|10 August 1904||7 June 1905||Robert Hastie||Labor|
|7 June 1905||25 August 1905||William Johnson||Labor|
|25 August 1905||7 October 1911||Henry Gregory (again)||Ministerial|
|7 October 1911||27 July 1916||Philip Collier||Labor|
|27 July 1916||28 June 1917||Robert Robinson||Liberal|
|28 June 1917||27 July 1917||John Scaddan||National Labor|
|27 July 1917||17 April 1919||Charles Hudson||National Labor|
|17 April 1919||21 June 1919||Robert Robinson (again)||Nationalist|
|25 June 1919||22 March 1924||John Scaddan (again)||Country|
|16 April 1924||30 April 1927||Frank Troy||Labor|
|30 April 1927||23 April 1930||Selby Munsie||Labor|
|23 April 1930||24 April 1933||John Scaddan (again)||Nationalist|
|24 April 1933||12 March 1938||Selby Munsie (again)||Labor|
|12 July 1938||3 August 1945||Alexander Panton||Labor|
|3 August 1945||1 April 1947||William Marshall||Labor|
|1 April 1947||5 January 1948||Lindsay Thorn||Country|
|5 January 1948||6 April 1950||Hubert Parker||Liberal|
|6 April 1950||23 February 1953||Charles Simpson||Liberal|
|23 February 1953||19 December 1957||Lionel Kelly||Labor|
|19 December 1957||2 April 1959||Arthur Moir||Labor|
|2 April 1959||3 March 1971||Arthur Griffith||Liberal|
|3 March 1971||8 April 1974||Don May||Labor|
|8 April 1974||5 March 1980||Andrew Mensaros||Liberal|
|5 March 1980||25 February 1983||Peter Jones||National Country|
|25 February 1983||23 December 1983||Peter Dowding||Labor|
|23 December 1983||25 February 1988||David Parker||Labor|
|25 February 1988||5 February 1991||Jeff Carr||Labor|
|5 February 1991||16 February 1993||Gordon Hill||Labor|
|16 February 1993||26 April 1996||George Cash||Liberal|
|26 April 1996||9 January 1997||Kevin Minson||Liberal|
|9 January 1997||16 February 2001||Norman Moore||Liberal|
|2001–06: no minister – responsibilities held by the Minister for State Development|
|3 February 2006||13 December 2006||John Bowler||Labor|
|13 December 2006||23 September 2008||Fran Logan||Labor|
|23 September 2008||21 March 2013||Norman Moore (again)||Liberal|
|21 March 2013||31 March 2016||Bill Marmion||Liberal|
|31 March 2016||17 March 2017||Sean L'Estrange||Liberal|
|17 March 2017||Bill Johnston||Labor|
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