Parliament of Western Australia

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Parliament of Western Australia
38th Parliament
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Houses Legislative Assembly
Legislative Council
History
Founded 7 February 1832
Leadership
Elizabeth II
since 6 February 1952
Kerry Sanderson
since 20 October 2014
Michael SutherlandLiberal
since 11 April 2013
Barry HouseLiberal
since 22 May 2009
Structure
Seats 95
59 MLAs
36 MLCs
Legislative Assembly political groups
Government
     Liberal (31)
     Nationals (7)
Opposition
     Labor (21)
Legislative Council political groups
Government
     Liberal (17)
     Nationals (5)
Opposition
     Labor (11)
Crossbench
     Greens (2)
     Shooters and Fishers (1)
Elections
Last general election
9 March 2013
Next general election
2017
Meeting place
Parliament House, Perth, Western Australia.jpg
Parliament House,
Perth, Western Australia,
Australia
Website
http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au

The Parliament of Western Australia is the legislature of the Australian state of Western Australia, forming the legislative branch of the Government of Western Australia. The parliament consists of an upper house, the Legislative Council, a lower house, the Legislative Assembly and the Queen, represented by the state governor. Both houses sit at Parliament House, located in Perth, the state's capital.

For a bill to become law, it must be passed by both the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly, and receive Royal Assent from the state governor.

The party or coalition with the most seats in the Legislative Assembly is invited by the governor to form a government. The head of government holds the office of premier.

Western Australia first obtained responsible government in 1890, having previously been ruled since 1870 by a governor and a Legislative Council made up of appointed officials and elected members. The first premier was John Forrest who held office until 1901.

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Coordinates: 31°57′06″S 115°50′49″E / 31.95167°S 115.84694°E / -31.95167; 115.84694