Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)

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Australian Labor Party
(Western Australian Branch)
LeaderMark McGowan
Deputy LeaderRoger Cook
PresidentCarolyn Smith
SecretaryMatt Dixon
Founded1899; 120 years ago (1899)
Headquarters54 Cheriton St, Perth WA 6000
Youth wingWA Young Labor
National affiliationAustralian Labor Party
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
40 / 59
Western Australian Legislative Council
14 / 36
Australian House of Representatives
(WA seats)
5 / 16
Australian Senate
(WA seats)
4 / 12
Website
www.walabor.org.au

The Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch), commonly known as WA Labor, is the Western Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party. It is the current governing party of Western Australia since winning the 2017 election under Mark McGowan.

History[edit]

The Western Australian state division of the Australian Labor Party was formed at a Trade Union Congress in Coolgardie in 1899.[1] Shortly afterwards the federal Labor Party was formalised in time for Australian federation in 1901. The WA Labor Party achieved representation in the Western Australian Parliament in 1900 with six members, and four years later the party entered into minority government with Henry Daglish becoming the first Labor Premier of Western Australia.[1]

Leadership[edit]

The current leaders of the party are:[2]

Election results for Legislative Assembly[edit]

Election Leader Seats ± Votes % ±% Position
1897 No official leader
1 / 44
Increase1 383 4.38% Increase4.38 Crossbench
1901
6 / 50
Increase5 9,658 25.88% Increase21.50 Crossbench
1904 Robert Hastie
22 / 50
Increase16 28,122 42.57% Increase16.70 Opposition
Minority government (from 10 Aug 1904 - 25 Aug 1905)
Opposition
1905 William Johnson
14 / 50
Decrease8 18,364 35.07% Decrease7.50 Opposition
1908 Thomas Bath
22 / 50
Increase8 28,325 37.80% Increase2.73 Opposition
1911 John Scaddan
34 / 50
Increase12 47,558 52.64% Increase14.73 Majority government
1914
26 / 50
Decrease8 40,205 42.12% Decrease10.42 Majority government
Minority government (from 18 Dec 1915 - 27 Jul 1917)
Opposition
1917 Philip Collier
15 / 50
Decrease11 20,867 24.79% Decrease17.33 Opposition
1921
17 / 50
Increase2 35,829 36.81% Increase11.99 Opposition
1924
27 / 50
Increase10 39,679 40.39% Increase3.58 Majority government
1927
27 / 50
Steady0 63,687 45.33% Increase4.94 Majority government
1930
23 / 50
Decrease4 52,824 38.44% Decrease6.89 Opposition
1933
30 / 50
Increase7 82,702 45.48% Increase7.04 Majority government
1936
26 / 50
Decrease4 57,055 42.33% Decrease3.15 Majority government
1939 John Willcock
27 / 50
Increase1 92,585 45.02% Increase2.63 Majority government
1943
30 / 50
Increase3 77,567 43.28% Increase4.00 Majority government
1947 Frank Wise
23 / 50
Decrease7 64,377 39.38% Decrease3.90 Opposition
1950
23 / 50
Steady0 94,055 41.85% Decrease2.47 Opposition
1953 Albert Hawke
26 / 50
Increase3 93,157 49.76% Increase7.92 Majority government
1956
29 / 50
Increase3 116,793 49.70% Decrease0.07 Majority government
1959
23 / 50
Decrease6 117,861 44.92% Decrease4.78 Opposition
1962
24 / 50
Increase1 129,757 44.41% Decrease0.51 Opposition
1965
21 / 50
Decrease3 128,025 42.64% Decrease1.77 Opposition
1968 John Tonkin
23 / 51
Increase2 145,605 45.35% Increase2.71 Opposition
1971
26 / 51
Increase3 230,653 48.91% Increase3.56 Majority government
1974
22 / 51
Decrease4 248,395 48.10% Decrease0.81 Opposition
1977 Colin Jamieson
22 / 55
Steady0 257,730 44.22% Decrease3.88 Opposition
1980 Ron Davies
23 / 55
Increase1 270,165 45.95% Increase1.73 Opposition
1983 Brian Burke
32 / 57
Increase9 342,536 53.16% Increase7.21 Majority government
1986
32 / 57
Steady0 416,805 53.00% Decrease0.16 Majority government
1989 Peter Dowding
31 / 57
Decrease1 341,931 42.46% Decrease10.54 Majority government
1993 Carmen Lawrence
24 / 57
Decrease7 338,008 37.08% Decrease5.38 Opposition
1996 Geoff Gallop
19 / 57
Decrease5 345,159 35.82% Decrease1.26 Opposition
2001
32 / 57
Increase13 382,308 37.24% Increase1.42 Majority government
2005
32 / 57
Steady0 448,956 41.88% Increase4.65 Majority government
2008 Alan Carpenter
28 / 59
Decrease4 390,339 35.84% Decrease6.05 Opposition
2013 Mark McGowan
21 / 59
Decrease7 392,448 33.13% Decrease2.70 Opposition
2017
41 / 59
Increase20 557,794 42.20% Increase9.07 Majority government

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History of WA Labor". WA Labor.
  2. ^ "Party Structure". WA Labor.