Rob Johnson (politician)

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The Honourable
Rob Johnson
Formerly Minister for Police,
Emergency Services, Road Safety
In office
23 September 2008 – 29 June 2012
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Hillarys
Assumed office
14 December 1996
Preceded by New creation
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Whitford
In office
6 February 1993 – 14 December 1996
Preceded by Pam Beggs
Personal details
Born 17 October 1943
London, England
Nationality English/Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Profession Company chairman

The Honourable Robert Frank Johnson MLA JP (born 17 October 1943 in London, England) is an English Australian politician, being a Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Hillarys.

Political career[edit]

Local politics[edit]

At the age of 35 he was elected as a councillor to the London Borough of Sutton and subsequently became Mayor.[1]

Soon after emigrating to Australia in 1988 he was elected as a councillor to the City of Wanneroo in 1991. The following year he was elected Mayor.[1]

Western Australian Parliament[edit]

He was elected as the Member for Whitford in 1993 and, following a re-distribution of boundaries, was re-elected for the seat of Hillarys in 1996.[2]

He served in the Court Government as Minister for Works; Services; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests from December 1999 until February 2001.[1]

Johnson became Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Road Safety with the return to power of the Coalition in September 2008.[3]

In his first two years as Minister under the Barnett Government, Johnson introduced 16 Bills into the Legislative Assembly.[4] Many of them were controversial and high profile [5] including increasing the impounding period of a vehicle for anyone convicted of a hoon offence.[6] Other measures were to ensure motorists with a blood alcohol reading of 0.08 or above lost their licence immediately at the roadside,[7] that all revenue from speed and red light cameras would go to road safety projects[8] and a proposal for Australia's first online sex offender register.[9]

Investigations following two major bushfires fires with the loss of 71 homes in the Perth hills[10][11] and in the Margaret River area resulted in severe criticism and Johnson losing the Emergency Services portfolio.[12]

Before the findings of the inquiries in 2011, political commentator Peter Van Onselen named Johnson among Australia’s 'Top ten politicians you could trust', writing that "he is real and what you see is what you get".[13] The following year Federal Liberal MP for Canning Don Randall attacked Johnson in the Federal Parliament, labelling him bumbling, weak and incompetent.[14] In turn, Johnson called for Randall to be sacked over misused expenses claims.[15]

He was removed from the Emergency Services Portfolio on 6 December 2011 and the Police and Road Safety portfolio on 29 June 2012 in a Cabinet reshuffle by Premier Colin Barnett.[3][16][17] At the 2013 Western Australian State Election, Johnson was re-elected to the seat of Hillarys.[18]

Business career[edit]

After arriving in Australia he started a family business incorporating an investment firm and a national computer distributorship.[1]

He is also the current Chairman of Radio Lollipop (Australia), a children's charity that cares for children in hospital.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rob Johnson biography". Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Member Robert (Rob) Johnson, JP". Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Member Robert (Rob) Johnson, JP". Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^$FILE/A38%20S1%2020101125%20p9698b-9699a.pdf
  5. ^ Parker, Gareth (May 10, 2012). "Johnson cops more Liberal flak". The West Australian. Retrieved 5 Dec 2012. 
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  10. ^ AAP (17 August 2011). "WA fire boss Jo Harrison-Ward sacked after scathing bushfire report". Perth Now. Retrieved 5 Dec 2012. 
  11. ^ DeCeglie, Anthony (17 August 2012). "Minister Turned Blind Eye to FESA Failings". Perth Now. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  12. ^ ABC News (5 December 2011). "Johnson dumped from emergency services role". Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  13. ^ |url= accessdate|28 Nov 2013
  14. ^ Parker, Gareth (10 May 2012). "Johnson cops more Liberal flak". The West Australian. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
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  17. ^ Parker, Gareth (28 June 2012). "Police Minister axed in Cabinet reshuffle". The West Australian. Retrieved 5 Dec 2012. 
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Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Pam Beggs
Member for Whitford
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Hillarys