Peter Collier (politician)

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Peter Collier

MLC
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
Assumed office
22 May 2005
Constituency North Metropolitan Region
Personal details
Born (1959-02-25) 25 February 1959 (age 61)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Western Australia

Peter Charles Collier (born 25 February 1959) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia since 2005, representing North Metropolitan Region. He served as a minister in the government of Colin Barnett from 2008 until its defeat at the 2017 election.

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Early life

Collier was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, to Beryl Lillian (née Davies) and Les Collier. He attended Eastern Goldfields Senior High School before going on to the University of Western Australia, where he studied teaching. After graduating, Collier taught at various high schools in the Perth metropolitan area, both public and private. He taught for periods at John Curtin Senior High School (1981–1983), Lesmurdie Senior High School (1985–1986), Presbyterian Ladies' College (1987–1988), and Scotch College (1990–2005). [1] Outside of his teaching career, Collier was also a professional tennis coach. He spent a season on the WTA Tour in 1989, coaching Jenny Byrne, Jo-Anne Faull, and Dianne Van Rensburg. [2]

Politics

Collier first stood for parliament at the 2001 state election, running unsuccessfully in fourth position on the Liberal Party's ticket in North Metropolitan Region. [3] Prior to the election, he had been accused of forging signatures on membership forms and using people's names without their consent in order to secure party preselection. He denied the allegations, and a police investigation found there was "insufficient evidence against him". [4] [5] At the 2005 state election, Collier was elevated to second position on the Liberal Party's ticket, and was elected to a term starting in May 2005. [6] One of his unsuccessful opponents for preselection was Alan Cadby, a sitting member, who subsequently resigned from the Liberal Party to sit as an independent. [7]

Collier was elevated to the Liberal shadow ministry shortly after his election, and served under four leaders of the opposition (Matt Birney, Paul Omodei, Troy Buswell, and Colin Barnett). After the Liberal Party's victory at the 2008 state election, he was made Minister for Energy and Minister for Training and Workforce Development [lower-alpha 1] in the new ministry formed by Colin Barnett. In December 2010, Collier was also made Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. [lower-alpha 2] In a ministerial reshuffle in June 2012, he replaced Liz Constable as Minister for Education, but lost the training portfolio to Murray Cowper. In a further reshuffle after the 2013 state election, Collier was made Minister for Electoral Affairs, but was replaced as energy minister by Mike Nahan. He also became leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council. [6]

Notes

  1. Until November 2009, Collier's title was Minister for Training.
  2. Until March 2013, Collier's title was Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

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References

  1. Peter Charles Collier – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  2. Grady Winfield, "Politics of tennis" Archived 11 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine , 720 ABC Perth, 15 September 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. Green, Antony. "Western Australian state election, 2001" (PDF). ABC Election Archives. p. 39. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  4. "WA's strife-torn Liberal Party (transcript)". StateLine Western Australia. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
  5. "Call for MP Collier to speak to police over forgery claims". ABC News. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
  6. 1 2 Hon. Peter Charles Collier MLC BA, Dip.Ed. – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  7. "Knives should be drawn at WA Libs state conference", Crikey , 30 September 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
Parliament of Western Australia
Political offices
New creation Minister for Training and Workforce Development
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Murray Cowper
Preceded by
Fran Logan
Minister for Energy
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Mike Nahan
Preceded by
Kim Hames
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Liz Constable
Minister for Education
2012–2017
Succeeded by
Sue Ellery
as Minister for Education and Training
Preceded by
Norman Moore
Minister for Electoral Affairs
2013–2017
Succeeded by
Bill Johnston