|Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for North Metropolitan Region|
22 May 2005
|Born||25 February 1959|
Peter Charles Collier (born 25 February 1959) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Council since 2005, representing the North Metropolitan region. He is currently the Minister for Energy; Training and Workforce Development, having been sworn in on 23 September 2008. On 29 June 2012 he was sworn is as Minister for Education, replacing the former Independent Minister, Dr. Elizabeth Constable as part of a wider Cabinet reshuffle.
Previous positions held by Collier:
- Shadow Spokesperson for Communication; Science: 22 May 2005 – 26 September 2005.
- Shadow Spokesperson for Science: 26 September 2005 – 4 February 2006.
- Shadow spokesperson for Heritage; Training and Higher Education; *Works and Services: 4 February 2006 – 8 April 2006.
- Shadow Minister for Education: 8 April 2006 - 23 September 2008
He is also a member of the Standing Committee on Legislation from 26 May 2005 onwards.
Teaching and early career
Collier Studied at the University of Western Australia from 1977-1980, achieving a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & History) and a Diploma in Teaching.
Before entering parliament, Collier was a school teacher at Scotch College from 1990 until 2005. He was Headmaster for Ross House and Head of Department for Political & Legal Studies & History. Before Scotch College he was also a teacher at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth from 1987-1988. He also taught at Lesmurdie Senior High School from 1985 to 1986 and John Curtin Senior High School from 1981 to 1983.
In 2000 Collier was accused of forging signatures on membership forms and using people's names without their consent in order to gain party pre-selection in the lead-up to the 2001 election. However the investigation by Western Australian police was dropped due to insufficient evidence. He denied the allegations.
He succeeded in defeating incumbent member Alan Cadby in a pre-selection battle in early 2004. Upon being informed that he would no longer have party support to contest a winnable position, Cadby promptly quit the party to become an independent and supported the Gallop Labor government pass its one vote one value electoral reform legislation in 2007, which had been stalled in an evenly divided Legislative Council for some years. Collier went on to win the North Metropolitan region seat in 2005.
Collier is a constitutional monarchist and argued for the retention of the oath of allegiance to the Queen for members of parliament. He is a member of the Western Australian branch of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.
He has been a Professional Coach for Peppermint Grove Tennis Club from 1986–2000 and was tour coach for (Jenny Byrne/Dinky Van Rensburg/Joanne Faull) in 1989-1990. He won the Western Australian Tennis Coach of the Year Award in 1990-1992. Collier is the Patron of the Shenton Park Dogs Home.
- "WA's strife-torn Liberal Party (transcript)". StateLine Western Australia. 06/05/2005. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
- "Call for MP Collier to speak to police over forgery claims". ABC News. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-15.