Minister for Police (Western Australia)

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Minister for Police is a position in the government of Western Australia, currently held by Michelle Roberts of the Labor Party. The position was first created in 1919, in the first ministry formed by James Mitchell, and has existed in almost every government since. The current minister is primarily responsible for the Western Australia Police, although past ministers held responsibilities now assigned to the Minister for Emergency Services and the Minister for Road Safety.

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.

Michelle Hopkins Roberts is an Australian politician who has been a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 1994. She served as a minister in the governments of Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter between 2001 and 2008. In November 2015, Roberts became the longest-serving female parliamentarian in Western Australia's history, breaking the record set by Liz Constable. She was a high schoolteacher, civil servant and local government councillor before entering politics.

Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) Western Australian state branch of the Australian Labor Party

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.

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Between 2003 and 2008 (in the Labor governments of Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter) there was a separate minister titled Minister for Community Safety.

Geoff Gallop Australian politician

Geoffrey Ian GallopAC is Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney and former chairman of the Australian Republican Movement. He was the 27th Premier of Western Australia.

Alan Carpenter Australian politician

Alan John Carpenter is a former Australian politician who served as the 28th Premier of Western Australia, from 2006 to 2008. From Albany, Carpenter graduated from the University of Western Australia, and worked as a journalist before entering politics. A member of the Labor Party, he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly at the 1996 state election, representing the seat of Willagee. In the Gallop ministry, which took office following the 2001 election, Carpenter was Minister for Education, as well as holding several other portfolios. He replaced Geoff Gallop as premier in January 2006, following Gallop's resignation, but Labor lost office following a hung parliament at the 2008 election, with Colin Barnett becoming premier as the leader of a minority Liberal Party government. Carpenter resigned from parliament in 2009, and currently holds a senior management position with Wesfarmers Limited.

List of police ministers

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Term startTerm endMinisterParty
25 June 191922 March 1924 John Scaddan   Country
16 April 192425 June 1928 John Willcock   Labor
25 June 192823 April 1930 Harold Millington   Labor
24 April 193024 April 1933John Scaddan (again)  Nationalist
24 April 193315 July 1936Harold Millington (again)  Labor
15 July 193624 March 1937 Frank Wise   Labor
24 March 193718 April 1939 William Kitson   Labor
1939–1943: no minister – responsibility for police held by the Chief Secretary
9 December 19431 April 1947William Kitson (again)  Labor
1 April 19475 January 1948 Ross McDonald   Liberal
5 January 19486 April 1950 Hubert Parker   Liberal
6 April 195023 February 1953 Arthur Abbott   Liberal
23 February 195314 April 1956 Herbert Styants   Labor
20 April 19562 April 1959 John Brady   Labor
2 April 19597 November 1961 Charles Perkins   Country
16 November 196111 April 1962 George Cornell   Country
12 April 19623 March 1971 James Craig   Country
3 March 197130 May 1973 Jerry Dolan   Labor
30 May 19738 April 1974 Ronald Thompson   Labor
8 April 197410 March 1977 Ray O'Connor   Liberal
10 March 19775 March 1980 Des O'Neil   Liberal
5 March 198030 December 1982 Bill Hassell   Liberal
30 December 198225 February 1983 Ian Medcalf   Liberal
25 February 198325 February 1986 Jeff Carr   Labor
25 February 198612 May 1986 Arthur Tonkin   Labor
12 May 198625 February 1988 Gordon Hill   Labor
25 February 198819 February 1990 Ian Taylor   Labor
19 February 199016 February 1993 Graham Edwards   Labor
16 February 19939 January 1997 Bob Wiese   National
9 January 199728 July 1998 John Day   Liberal
28 July 199816 February 2001 Kevin Prince   Liberal
16 February 200125 January 2006 Michelle Roberts   Labor
3 February 20068 May 2006 John D'Orazio   Labor
8 May 200623 September 2008 John Kobelke   Labor
23 September 200829 June 2012 Rob Johnson   Liberal
29 June 201217 March 2017 Liza Harvey   Liberal
17 March 2017presentMichelle Roberts (again)  Labor

List of community safety ministers

Term startTerm endMinisterParty
27 June 200325 January 2006 Michelle Roberts   Labor
3 February 20068 May 2006 John D'Orazio   Labor
8 May 200623 September 2008 John Kobelke   Labor

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Minister for Emergency Services is a position in the government of Western Australia, currently held by Fran Logan of the Labor Party. A separate emergency services portfolio was first created in 1982, for the government of Ray O'Connor. It has often been held by the Minister of Police, and on two occasions the two portfolios were merged under a single Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The current minister is responsible for the state government's Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Minister for Road Safety is a position in the government of Western Australia, currently held by Michelle Roberts of the Labor Party. The position was first created in 1965, for the government of Sir David Brand. In 1975, responsibility for road safety was transferred to other ministers. It was recreated in 2008, for the government of Colin Barnett. The minister is responsible for the state government's Road Safety Commission, a standalone government department.

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David William Black is a Western Australian historian. He has lectured and written extensively on Australian and Western Australian history, especially political history. He was Professor in History and Politics in the School of Social Sciences and Asian Languages at Curtin University of Technology until his retirement in 2002, and is now Professor Emeritus. He is currently Chairperson of the Parliamentary History Advisory Committee, and a Parliamentary Fellow (History).