June Craig

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The Honourable
June Craig
AM
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Wellington
In office
30 March 1974 – 19 February 1983
Preceded by Iven Manning
Succeeded by none (constituency abolished)
Personal details
Born Margaret June Lynn
(1930-12-08) 8 December 1930 (age 84)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Western Australia
University of Melbourne

Margaret June Craig AM (née Lynn; born 8 December 1930) is a former Australian politician who was the Liberal member for Wellington in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1974 to 1983. She was a minister in the Court and O'Connor governments.

Craig was born in Perth, and went to Presbyterian Ladies' College in Mosman Park. An excellent sportswoman, she represented Western Australia at tennis, and later studied physical education at the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne. In 1951, she married Frank Craig, the son of Les Craig, a member of the Legislative Council for over 20 years. Her own great-grandfather, Robert John Lynn, had also sat in the Legislative Council.[1]

A member of the Liberal Party since 1950, Craig was elected to the seat of Wellington, in the state's south-west region, at the 1974 state election, becoming the first woman in the Legislative Assembly since Dame Florence Cardell-Oliver's retirement in 1956 (and the fourth woman overall). Following the Court government's retention at the 1977 state election, she was named Minister for Lands and Forests, becoming only the second woman to serve in a WA cabinet.[2] The ministry was reconstituted in 1978 after a portfolio reshuffle, with Craig now Minister for Local Government and Minister for Urban Development and Town Planning. The latter portfolio was regarded by previous ministers as difficult, and Craig later wrote that she was disappointed she had failed to implement a "grand reshaping" of the town-planning system, despite the introduction of several smaller "technical" changes.[3]

Following the 1980 state election, at which the government was again returned, there was speculation that the premier, Sir Charles Court, would retire. Craig was considered a potential candidate to replace him (along with Bill Grayden, Cyril Rushton, Ray Young, Jim Clarko, and his deputy, Ray O'Connor), but had little partyroom support. Court eventually resigned in early 1982, and was replaced by O'Connor, who retained Craig in his new ministry.[4] The seat of Wellington was abolished in a redistribution prior to the 1983 election, and was largely incorporated into a new seat, Murray-Wellington. Despite this new seat being regarded as safer, Craig chose to contest another new seat, Mitchell, which incorporated areas on the outskirts of Bunbury. At the election, won by Labor in a landslide, Mitchell was won by Labor's candidate, David Smith. Craig was one of four ministers to lose their seat, along with Young, Bob Pike, and Richard Shalders.[5] Both before and after her parliamentary career, she had been involved in community and charitable organisations, notably as the national president of the Save the Children Fund. She was named a Member of the Order of Australia (postnominals AM) in 1994, for "service to the community".[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Craig, Margaret June (1930 - ) – Australian Women's Register. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ Phillips, Harry (1991). "The Modern Parliament, 1965–1989". In Black, David (ed.). The House on the Hill: A History of the Parliament of Western Australia 1832–1990. Perth, Western Australia: Parliament of Western Australia. p. 211. ISBN 0-7309-3983-9. 
  3. ^ Phillips 1991, p. 193
  4. ^ Phillips 1991, p. 213
  5. ^ Phillips 1991, p. 226
  6. ^ CRAIG, Margaret June – It's An Honour. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Iven Manning
Member for Wellington
1974–1983
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Alan Ridge
Minister for Lands and Forests
1977–1978
Succeeded by
David Wordsworth
Preceded by
Cyril Rushton
Minister for Local Government
1978–1983
Succeeded by
Jeff Carr
Preceded by
Cyril Rushton
Minister for Urban Development and Town Planning
1978–1983
Succeeded by
David Parker
(as Minister for Planning)