Lawrence Ministry

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The Lawrence Ministry was the 31st Ministry of the Government of Western Australia, and was led by Labor Premier Dr Carmen Lawrence and her deputy Ian Taylor. It succeeded the Dowding Ministry on 18 February 1990, following the resignation of Peter Dowding six days earlier following an open letter signed by a majority of the 47-member Labor caucus. The ministry was in turn succeeded by the Court–Cowan Ministry on 16 February 1993 after the Labor Party lost government at the state election held on 6 February.

Overview[edit]

Of the former Dowding ministry, 15 of the 17 ministers retained office—Peter Dowding and Julian Grill were not reappointed, and backbenchers Pam Buchanan (Ashburton) and Dr Geoff Gallop (Victoria Park) took their place. Two months later, former Deputy Premier David Parker resigned from both the Ministry and from Parliament.

At a caucus meeting held on 29 January 1991, a spill motion was carried which created three vacancies in the Ministry. On 5 February, Jeff Carr, Gavan Troy and Pam Buchanan were removed as Ministers, whilst Eric Ripper, Dr Judyth Watson and Jim McGinty were sworn in. A major crisis was precipitated when Carr resigned from Parliament, with his seat of Geraldton being won by a Liberal at a by-election, whilst Troy ceased to attend caucus meetings and Buchanan resigned from the party, sitting as an Independent. With the resignation of left-wing MLA Dr Ian Alexander a month later, the Government was forced to depend on independents in the Legislative Assembly to maintain supply—the first time Western Australia had had minority government since 1905.

First Ministry[edit]

On 16 February 1990, the Lieutenant-Governor and Administrator, Sir Francis Burt, constituted the Ministry. He designated 17 principal executive offices of the Government and appointed the following ministers to their positions, and served until the reconstitution of the Ministry on 5 February 1991. The list below is ordered by decreasing seniority within the Cabinet, as indicated by the Government Gazette and the Hansard index.

The members of the Ministry were:

Office Minister

Premier and Treasurer
Minister for Public Sector Management
Minister for the Family
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs
Minister for Women's Interests

Dr Carmen Lawrence, BPsych, PhD, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Finance and Economic Development (until 20 December 1990)
Minister for Trade (30 April[1]-20 December 1990)
Minister for State Development (from 20 December 1990)
Minister for the Goldfields (until 26 November 1992)
Minister for the Mid-West (7 September-26 November 1992)

Ian Taylor, B.Econ (Hons), JP, MLA

Attorney-General
Minister for Resources (30 April[1]-20 December 1990)
Minister for Corrective Services
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

Joe Berinson, LL.B., QC, MLC

Minister for Planning
Minister for Lands
Minister for Heritage
Minister for the Arts (from 30 April 1990)[1]
Minister assisting the Minister for Women's Interests (until 30 April 1990)
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

Kay Hallahan, BSW, JP, MLC

Minister for Mines
Minister for Fuel and Energy
Minister for the Mid-West
Minister for Small Business (until 20 December 1990)

Jeff Carr, BA, JP, MLA

Minister for Resources and Trade
Minister for the Arts

David Parker, BA, JP, MLA
(until 30 April 1990)[1]

Minister for the Environment
Minister for Conservation and Land Management
Minister for Waterways
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly

Bob Pearce, BA, DipEd, JP, MLA
Minister for Health Rev Keith Wilson, MLA

Minister for Productivity and Labour Relations
Minister assisting the Minister for Education with TAFE
Minister assisting the Minister for Public Sector Management

Gavan Troy, B Bus, FAIM, JP, MLA

Minister for Transport
Minister for Racing and Gaming
Minister for Tourism

Pam Beggs, JP, MLA

Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Water Resources
Minister for the North-West

Ernie Bridge, JP, MLA

Minister for Local Government
Minister for Fisheries
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Youth

Gordon Hill, JP, MLA

Minister for Police
Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for the Aged

Graham Edwards, MLC

Minister for Housing
Minister for Consumer Affairs

Yvonne Henderson, BA, DipEd, JP, MLA

Minister for Community Services
Minister for Justice
Minister for the South-West

David Smith, LL.B., JP, MLA

Minister for Works and Services
Minister for Regional Development (until 20 December 1990)
Minister assisting the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Pam Buchanan, JP, MLA

Minister for Education
Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Reform
Minister assisting the Treasurer (from 20 December 1990)

Dr Geoff Gallop, BEc, MA, MPhil, D.Phil. (Oxon), MLA
1 On 5 April 1990, former Deputy Premier and Treasurer David Parker announced his imminent resignation from the Ministry and from Parliament. His former responsibilities were shared across three other ministers.

Second Ministry[edit]

On 5 February 1991, the Governor, Sir Francis Burt, reconstituted the Ministry. He designated 16 principal executive offices of the Government and appointed the ministers to their positions. The appointed members remained Ministers until the end of the Lawrence Ministry on 16 February 1993.

Office Minister

Premier and Treasurer

(until 7 September 1992:)

Minister for the Family
Minister for Women's Interests

(from 7 September 1992:)

Minister for Employment
Minister for Trade and Investment
Dr Carmen Lawrence, BPsych, PhD, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Health (from 26 November 1992)[3]
Minister for State Development
Minister for the Goldfields (until 26 November 1992)
Minister for the Mid-West (7 September-26 November 1992)

Ian Taylor, B.Econ (Hons), JP, MLA

Attorney-General
Minister for Corrective Services
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

Joe Berinson, LL.B., QC, MLC

Minister for Education
Minister for Employment and Training (until 7 September 1992)
Minister for Training (from 7 September 1992)
Minister for the Arts
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

Kay Hallahan, BSW, JP, MLC

Minister for the Environment
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly

Bob Pearce, BA, DipEd, JP, MLA
(until 21 October 1992)[2]
Minister for Health Rev Keith Wilson, MLA
(until 13 November 1992)[3]

Minister for Transport
Minister for Racing and Gaming
Minister for Tourism

Pam Beggs, JP, MLA

Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Water Resources
Minister for the North-West

Ernie Bridge, JP, MLA

Minister for Mines
Minister for Small Business (from 7 September 1992)
Minister for Fisheries
Minister for Sport and Recreation (until 27 February 1991)
Minister for the Mid-West (until 7 September 1992)
Minister assisting the Minister for State Development (until 7 September 1992)
Minister assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment (from 7 September 1992)

Gordon Hill, JP, MLA

Minister for Police
Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for the Aged (until 27 February 1991)
Minister for Sport and Recreation (from 27 February 1991)

Graham Edwards, MLC

Minister for Productivity and Labour Relations
Minister for Consumer Affairs

Yvonne Henderson, BA, DipEd, JP, MLA

Minister for Lands
Minister for Planning
Minister for Justice
Minister for Local Government
Minister for the South-West

David Smith, LL.B., JP, MLA

Minister for Fuel and Energy
Minister for Microeconomic Reform
Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Reform
Minister assisting the Treasurer

Dr Geoff Gallop, BEc, MA, MPhil, D.Phil. (Oxon), MLA

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs
Minister for Seniors (from 27 February 1991)
Minister assisting the Minister for Women's Interests (until 7 September 1992)
Minister for Women's Interests (from 7 September 1992)

Dr Judyth Watson, Cert.Nurs.Ed., BSc (Hons), PhD, JP, MLA

Minister for Community Services (until 7 September 1992)
Minister for Disability Services (from 20 August 1991)

(from 7 September 1992:)

Minister for the Family
Minister for Community Development
Minister for Youth Justice

Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly (from 26 October 1992)[2]

Eric Ripper, BA, DipEd, MLA

Minister for the Environment (from 26 October 1992)[2]
Minister for Housing
Minister for Construction
Minister for Services (until 26 November 1992)
Minister for Heritage

Jim McGinty, BA, BJuris, JP, MLA

Minister for Services
Minister for the Goldfields
Minister for the Mid-West

Tom Stephens, BA, MLC
(from 26 November 1992)[3]

Parliamentary Secretaries

(from 19 March 1991:) John Halden, MLC
Mark Nevill, BSc (Hons), MLC
Tom Stephens, BA, MLC

2 On 20 October 1992, the six-volume Part One of the WA Inc Royal Commission was tabled in Parliament. A confidential appendix to the Director of Public Prosecutions concerned matters which may lead to prosecution. The following day, the Premier announced that Environment Minister Bob Pearce would stand down from the Ministry and vacate his seat at the next election. The ministry reduced to 15 members, with Jim McGinty assuming the Environment portfolio.
3 On 13 November 1992, Keith Wilson, the Minister for Health, resigned from the Ministry over a range of objections to the Government. Factional disputes over who should replace him resulted in a non-factional MLC, Tom Stephens, being selected ahead of the factions' preferred candidates, Nick Catania and Judy Edwards.

References[edit]

  • Hansard Indexes for 1990–1992, "Legislature of Western Australia"
  • "No.17 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 19 February 1990. p. 1990:1137-1138. 
  • "Premier and Cabinet (per PR402)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 8 February 1991. p. 1991:648-650. 
  • "No.128 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 7 September 1992. p. 1992:4547-4548. 
  • "No.166 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 27 November 1992. p. 1992:5817-5818. 
  • Australian Political Chronicle: January–June 1990. Australian Journal of Politics and History 36 (3). 1990. pp. 447–448. ISSN 0004-9522. 
  • Australian Political Chronicle: January–June 1991. Australian Journal of Politics and History 37 (3). 1991. p. 498. ISSN 0004-9522. 
  • Australian Political Chronicle: July–December 1992. Australian Journal of Politics and History 39 (2). 1993. p. 257. ISSN 0004-9522. 
Preceded by
Dowding Ministry
Lawrence Ministry
1990-1993
Succeeded by
Court–Cowan Ministry