Minister for Education (Western Australia)

Minister for Education (Western Australia)

The Minister for Education of Western Australia is the member of the Government of Western Australia responsible for maintenance and improvement of Western Australia's system of education, and is answerable to the Parliament for all actions taken by the Department of Education and Training under their authority. The holder of the office is usually an elected member of parliament from the ruling party or coalition, although at present it is held by Independent MLA Liz Constable.

Until the Daglish Ministry in 1904, when the role was separately established, the responsibility for Education generally lay with the Colonial Secretary.

Ministers for Education of Western Australia

Minister Party Assumed office Left office Term Title
George Shenton (Forrest)1 29 December 1890 11 October 1892 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000287000000287 days Colonial Secretary
Stephen Henry Parker (Forrest) 11 October 1892 4 December 1894 &100000000000000020000002 years, &1000000000000005400000054 days Colonial Secretary
Sir John Forrest (Forrest) 4 December 1894 19 December 1894 &100000000000000000000000 years, &1000000000000001500000015 days Colonial Secretary
Edward Wittenoom (Forrest) 19 December 1894 12 May 1897 &100000000000000020000002 years, &10000000000000144000000144 days
Henry Lefroy (Forrest) 12 May 1897 28 April 1898 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000351000000351 days
George Randell (Forrest) 28 April 1898 27 May 1901 &100000000000000030000003 years, &1000000000000002900000029 days Colonial Secretary
Frederick Illingworth Opposition1 27 May 1901 21 November 1901 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000178000000178 days Colonial Secretary
Matthew Moss Ministerialist1 21 November 1901 23 December 1901 &100000000000000000000000 years, &1000000000000003200000032 days Colonial Secretary
Frederick Illingworth Opposition1 23 December 1901 1 July 1902 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000190000000190 days Colonial Secretary
Walter Kingsmill Opposition 23 December 1901 1 July 1902 &100000000000000020000002 years, &1000000000000004000000040 days Colonial Secretary
Henry Daglish Labor 10 August 1904 7 June 1905 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000301000000301 days
Thomas Bath Labor 7 June 1905 25 August 1905 &100000000000000000000000 years, &1000000000000007900000079 days
Walter Kingsmill Ministerialist 25 August 1905 7 May 1906 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000255000000255 days
Frank Wilson Ministerialist 7 May 1906 30 June 1909 &100000000000000030000003 years, &1000000000000005400000054 days
John Nanson Ministerialist 30 June 1909 7 October 1911 &100000000000000020000002 years, &1000000000000009900000099 days
Thomas Walker Labor 7 October 1911 27 July 1916 &100000000000000040000004 years, &10000000000000294000000294 days
Hal Colebatch Liberal (WA) /
Nationalist
27 July 1916 17 June 1923 &100000000000000060000006 years, &10000000000000331000000331 days
John Ewing Nationalist 18 June 1923 15 April 1924 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000302000000302 days
John Drew Labor 16 April 1924 24 April 1930 &100000000000000060000006 years, &100000000000000080000008 days
Norbert Keenan Nationalist 23 May 1930 19 September 1931 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000119000000119 days
Thomas Davy Nationalist 19 September 1931 18 February 1933 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000152000000152 days
Hubert Parker Nationalist 24 February 1933 24 April 1933 &100000000000000000000000 years, &1000000000000005900000059 days
John Willcock Labor 24 April 1933 26 March 1935 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000336000000336 days
Harry Millington Labor 26 March 1935 13 May 1936 &100000000000000010000001 year, &1000000000000004800000048 days
Frank Wise Labor 13 May 1936 18 April 1939 &100000000000000020000002 years, &10000000000000340000000340 days
William Kitson Labor 18 April 1939 9 December 1943 &100000000000000040000004 years, &10000000000000235000000235 days
John Tonkin Labor 9 December 1943 1 April 1947 &100000000000000030000003 years, &10000000000000113000000113 days
Arthur Watts Country 1 April 1947 23 February 1953 &100000000000000050000005 years, &10000000000000328000000328 days
John Tonkin Labor 23 February 1953 13 May 1954 &100000000000000010000001 year, &1000000000000007900000079 days
Bill Hegney Labor 13 May 1954 2 April 1959 &100000000000000040000004 years, &10000000000000324000000324 days
Arthur Watts Country 2 April 1959 1 February 1962 &100000000000000020000002 years, &10000000000000305000000305 days
Edgar Lewis Country 1 February 1962 3 March 1971 &100000000000000090000009 years, &1000000000000003000000030 days
John Tonkin Labor 3 March 1971 12 October 1971 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000223000000223 days
Tom Evans Labor 12 October 1971 30 May 1973 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000230000000230 days
Jerry Dolan Labor 30 May 1973 8 April 1974 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000313000000313 days
Graham MacKinnon Liberal 8 April 1974 10 March 1977 &100000000000000020000002 years, &10000000000000336000000336 days
Peter Jones National (NCP) 10 March 1977 5 March 1980 &100000000000000020000002 years, &10000000000000361000000361 days
Bill Grayden Liberal 5 March 1980 25 January 1982 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000326000000326 days
Andrew Mensaros Liberal 25 January 1982 25 February 1983 &100000000000000010000001 year, &1000000000000003100000031 days
Bob Pearce Labor 25 February 1983 25 February 1988 &100000000000000050000005 years, &100000000000000000000000 days
Dr Carmen Lawrence Labor 25 February 1988 12 February 1990 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000352000000352 days
Dr Geoff Gallop Labor 12 February 1990 5 February 1991 &100000000000000000000000 years, &10000000000000358000000358 days
Kay Hallahan Labor 5 February 1991 16 February 1993 &100000000000000020000002 years, &1000000000000001100000011 days
Norman Moore Liberal 16 February 1993 21 December 1995 &100000000000000020000002 years, &10000000000000308000000308 days
Colin Barnett Liberal 21 December 1995 16 February 2001 &100000000000000050000005 years, &1000000000000005700000057 days
Alan Carpenter Labor 16 February 2001 10 March 2005 &100000000000000040000004 years, &1000000000000002200000022 days Minister for Education and Training2
Ljiljanna Ravlich Labor 10 March 2005 13 December 2006 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000278000000278 days Minister for Education and Training
Mark McGowan Labor 13 December 2006 23 September 2008 &100000000000000010000001 year, &10000000000000285000000285 days Minister for Education and Training
Liz Constable Independent 23 September 2008 present &100000000000000030000003 years, &1000000000000005100000051 days
  1. Politicians were not officially associated with organised parties until 1904.
  2. The position was known as Minister for Education until 14 January 2003, and Minister for Education and Training thereafter. See "Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899 - Reconstitution of the Gallop Ministry". Western Australia Government Gazette: p. 2003:101. 14 January 2003. http://www.slp.wa.gov.au/gazette/gazette.nsf/0/35EF41AEF2DD7CBB48256CAE002158C7/$file/gg006.pdf. 

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