Ministerialists and Oppositionists (Western Australia)

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Ministerialists and Oppositionists (Western Australia) were political groupings that were in force in the Western Australian parliament in the elections of the early twentieth century.

The turbulent and unresolved alignments in Western Australian politics following the John Forrest era did not settle until after the first world war.

The Ministerialist grouping in 1911 evolved into the Western Australian Liberal Party (1911–17) under the guidance of John Forrest. [1]

The Ministerialist term was still in use in the 1920s [2] and in the 1940s. [3]

In other states of Australia the term had been used prior to federation. [4]


  1. Note at the end of the speech build up a good patriotic Liberal Party "STATE POLITICS. SPEECH BY SIR JOHN FORREST". Western Mail (Western Australia) . XXVI (1, 341). Western Australia. 9 September 1911. p. 14. Retrieved 7 March 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  2. "PROSPECTS". The Sydney Morning Herald (28, 349). New South Wales, Australia. 13 November 1928. p. 15. Retrieved 5 March 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "Ministerialists' Vigorous Campaign". Sunday Times (Perth) (2225). Western Australia. 15 September 1940. p. 10. Retrieved 7 March 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. Klaassen, Margaret Jean (2014), An examination of how the military, the conservative press and ministerialist politicians generated support within Queensland for the war in South Africa in 1899 and 1900, Queensland University of Technology, retrieved 7 March 2017

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