Court–Cowan Ministry

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The Court–Cowan Ministry was the 32nd Ministry of the Government of Western Australia, and was led by Liberal Premier Richard Court and his deputy, the Nationals' Hendy Cowan. It succeeded the Lawrence Ministry on 16 February 1993, following the defeat of the Labor government at the 1993 election ten days earlier. The Ministry was reconstituted on 9 January 1997 following the December 1996 election, due in part to the retirement and resignation of several ministers—Richard Lewis, Kevin Minson, Roger Nicholls and Bob Wiese. The ministry was followed by the Gallop Ministry on 16 February 2001 after the Coalition lost government at the state election held on 16 February.

First Ministry[edit]

On 16 February 1993, the Governor, Sir Francis Burt, designated 17 principal executive offices of the Government under section 43(2) of the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899. The following ministers were then appointed to the positions, and served until the reconstitution of the Ministry on 10 February 1995.

The list below is ordered by decreasing seniority within the Cabinet, as indicated by the Government Gazette and the Hansard index. Blue entries indicate members of the Liberal Party, whilst green entries indicate members of the National Party.

Office Minister

Premier and Treasurer
Minister for Public Sector Management
Minister for Federal Affairs
Minister for Tourism (from 25 January 1994)[2]

Richard Court, BComm, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Commerce and Trade

Hendy Cowan, MLA

Minister for Resources Development
Minister for Energy
Minister for Tourism (25 August 1993[1]–25 January 1994[2])
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly

Colin Barnett, MEc, MLA

Minister for Primary Industry
Minister for Fisheries

Monty House, JP, MLA

Minister for Mines
Minister for Lands
Minister assisting the Minister
    for Public Sector Management (from 25 January 1994)
Minister assisting the Minister
    for Resources Development
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

George Cash, JP, MLC

Minister for Transport

Eric Charlton, MLC

Minister for Education
Minister for Employment and Training
Minister for Sport and Recreation (from 25 August 1993)[1]
Minister assisting the Minister
    for Commerce and Trade

Norman Moore, BA, DipEd, MLC

Attorney-General
Minister for Women's Interests
Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs
Minister assisting the Minister for Community Development with special
    responsibility for the Youth Justice Bureau (8 March 1993–1 March 1994)

Cheryl Edwardes, B.Juris, LL.B., BA, MLA

Minister for Finance
Minister for Racing and Gaming
Minister assisting the Treasurer

Max Evans, MBE, FCA, MLC

Minister for Tourism
Minister for Housing
Minister for Sport and Recreation

Doug Shave, MLA (until 24 August 1993)[1]

Minister for Water Resources
Minister for Local Government

Paul Omodei, MLA

Minister for Health
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Consumer Affairs (until 3 November 1993)
Minister for Fair Trading (from 3 November 1993)

Peter Foss, BA, LL.B., MLC

Minister for the Environment
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (until 25 January 1994)
Minister assisting the Minister for Fisheries

Kevin Minson, BDSc, MLA

Minister for Community Development
Minister for the Family
Minister for Seniors

Roger Nicholls, MLA

Minister for Labour Relations
Minister for Works
Minister for Services
Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs

Graham Kierath, MLA

Minister for Police
Minister for Emergency Services

Bob Wiese, MLA

Minister for Planning
Minister for Heritage
Minister for Housing (25 August 1993[1]–25 January 1994[2])
Minister assisting the Minister for Transport

Richard Lewis, MLA

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Housing

Kevin Prince, LL.B., MLA
  (from 25 January 1994)[2]

Parliamentary Secretaries

Bob Pike, MLC[3]
Fred Tubby, BEd, MACE, JP, MLA
Bill McNee, MLA

X Both the First and Second Ministries were officially referred to as the "Court–Cowan Ministry" or "Court Ministry" in Hansard and other parliamentary records.
1 On 24 August 1993, Doug Shave resigned for personal reasons. His three portfolios were distributed to three of the other ministers.
2 On 25 January 1994, the ministry returned to 17 members with the appointment of Kevin Prince. Additionally, the Premier took on the role of Minister for Tourism.
3 On 26 April 1994, parliamentary secretary Bob Pike died. His parliamentary secretary position was not refilled.

First Ministry (reconstituted)[edit]

A reshuffle on 10 February 1995 saw several changes in order and portfolios, but no changes of personnel. The Governor, Major-General Michael Jeffery, designated 17 principal executive offices of the Government under section 43(2) of the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899. The following ministers were then appointed to the positions, and served until the reconstitution of the Ministry on 9 January 1997.

Blue entries indicate members of the Liberal Party, whilst green entries indicate members of the National Party.

Office Minister

Premier and Treasurer
Minister for Public Sector Management
Minister for Federal Affairs
Minister for Tourism (until 21 December 1995)
Minister for Youth (from 3 April 1996)

Richard Court, BComm, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Commerce and Trade
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Small Business

Hendy Cowan, MLA

Minister for Resources Development
Minister for Energy
Minister for Education (from 21 December 1995)
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly

Colin Barnett, MEc, MLA

Minister for Primary Industry
Minister for Fisheries

Monty House, JP, MLA

Minister for Mines
Minister for Lands
Minister assisting the Minister
    for Public Sector Management
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

George Cash, JP, MLC
(until 26 April 1996)[5]

Minister for Transport

Eric Charlton, MLC

Minister for Education (until 21 December 1995)
Minister for Employment and Training
Minister for Tourism (from 21 December 1995)
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council (from 30 April 1996)[5]

Norman Moore, BA, DipEd, MLC

(until 21 December 1995:)

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice

(from 21 December 1995:)

Minister for Family and Children's Services
Minister for Youth (until 3 April 1996)
Minister for Seniors
Minister for Fair Trading

Minister for Women's Interests

Cheryl Edwardes, B.Juris, LL.B., BA, MLA

Minister for Finance
Minister for Racing and Gaming
Minister assisting the Treasurer

Max Evans, MBE, FCA, MLC

Minister for the Environment
Minister for the Arts

(from 21 December 1995:)

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice

(until 21 December 1995:)

Minister for Water Resources
Minister for Fair Trading
Peter Foss, BA, LL.B., MLC

Minister for Health (until 21 December 1995)
Minister for Labour Relations
Minister for Lands (from 26 April 1996)[5]
Minister for Housing (from 21 December 1995)

Graham Kierath, MLA

(until 29 June 1995:)

Minister for Community Development
Minister for the Family
Minister for Seniors

(29 June–21 December 1995)

Minister for Family and Children's Services
Minister for Youth (until 3 April 1996)
Minister for Seniors

Minister for Water Resources (from 21 December 1995)

Roger Nicholls, MLA

Minister for Mines (from 26 April 1996)[5]
Minister for Works
Minister for Services
Minister for Disability Services
Minister assisting the Minister for Justice

Kevin Minson, BDSc, MLA

Minister for Planning
Minister for Heritage

Richard Lewis, MLA

Minister for Police
Minister for Emergency Services

Bob Wiese, MLA

Minister for Local Government
Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs

Paul Omodei, MLA

Minister for Health (from 21 December 1995)
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Housing (until 21 December 1995)

Kevin Prince, LL.B., MLA

Parliamentary Secretaries

Bill McNee, MLA
Fred Tubby, BEd, MACE, JP, MLA
Doug Shave, MLA
Rhonda Parker, DipTeach, MLA

4 On 21 December 1995, a major reshuffle took place amongst existing Ministers, mainly to discharge particular Ministers of portfolios which had proven troublesome for the government.
5 On 26 April 1996, George Cash resigned from the ministry due to ill health. Graham Kierath and Kevin Minson adopted his portfolios, whilst Norman Moore was elected leader of the Government in the Legislative Council four days later.

Second Ministry[edit]

On 9 January 1997, the Governor, Major General Michael Jeffery, designated 17 principal executive offices of the Government under section 43(2) of the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899. The following ministers were then appointed to the positions, and served until the reconstitution of the Ministry on 22 December 1999.

Office Minister

Premier and Treasurer
Minister for Public Sector Management
Minister for Federal Affairs

Richard Court, BComm, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Commerce and Trade
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Small Business

Hendy Cowan, MLA

Minister for Resources Development
Minister for Energy
Minister for Education
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly

Colin Barnett, MEc, MLA

Minister for Primary Industry
Minister for Fisheries

Monty House, JP, MLA

Minister for Mines
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

Norman Moore, BA, DipEd, MLC

Minister for Transport

Eric Charlton, MLC (until 28 July 1998)
Murray Criddle, MLC (from 28 July 1998)[1]

Minister for the Environment
Minister for Labour Relations (from 28 July 1998)
Minister for Employment and Training (until 28 July 1998)

Cheryl Edwardes, B.Juris, LL.B., BA, MLA

Minister for Labour Relations (until 28 July 1998)[1]
Minister for Employment and Training (from 28 July 1998)
Minister for Planning
Minister for Heritage

Graham Kierath, MLA

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice
Minister for the Arts

Peter Foss, BA, LL.B., QC, MLC

Minister for Finance
Minister for Racing and Gaming

Max Evans, MBE, FCA, MLC

Minister for Health (until 28 July 1998)
Minister for Police (from 28 July 1998)
Minister for Emergency Services (from 28 July 1998)

Kevin Prince, LL.B., MLA

Minister for Lands
Minister for Fair Trading
Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs

Doug Shave, MLA

Minister for Local Government
Minister for Disability Services

Paul Omodei, MLA

Minister for Family and Children's Services
Minister for Seniors
Minister for Women's Interests

Rhonda Parker, DipTeach, MLA

Minister for Housing
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Water Resources

Dr Kim Hames, MBBS, JP, MLA

Minister for Health (from 28 July 1998)
Minister for Police (until 28 July 1998)
Minister for Emergency Services (until 28 July 1998)

John Day, BSc, BDSc, MLA

Minister for Works
Minister for Services
Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs (until 11 August 1998)
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests (from 11 August 1998)
Minister for Youth

Mike Board, JP, MLA

Parliamentary Secretaries

Fred Tubby, BEd, MACE, JP, MLA
John Bradshaw, MPS, JP, MLA
June van de Klashorst, MLA
Arthur Marshall, MLA

1 On 28 July 1998, a reshuffle took place following Eric Charlton's departure from Parliament, with Agricultural MLC Murray Criddle assuming his Transport portfolio. Graham Kierath lost his Labour Relations portfolio to Cheryl Edwardes, whilst Kevin Prince and John Day traded portfolios.

Second Ministry (reconstituted)[edit]

On 22 December 1999, following a reshuffle which lost Ministers Max Evans and Rhonda Parker, the Governor, Major General Michael Jeffery, designated 17 principal executive offices of the Government under section 43(2) of the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899. The following ministers were then appointed to the positions, and served until the end of the Ministry on 16 February 2001, when they were replaced by the Gallop Ministry.

Office Minister

Premier and Treasurer
Minister for Public Sector Management
Minister for Federal Affairs

Richard Court, BComm, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Commerce and Trade
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Small Business

Hendy Cowan, MLA

Minister for Resources Development
Minister for Energy
Minister for Education
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly

Colin Barnett, MEc, MLA

Minister for Primary Industry
Minister for Fisheries

Monty House, JP, MLA

Minister for Mines
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Racing and Gaming
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

Norman Moore, BA, DipEd, MLC

Minister for Transport

Murray Criddle, MLC

Minister for the Environment
Minister for Labour Relations

Cheryl Edwardes, B.Juris, LL.B., BA, MLA

Minister for Lands
Minister for Fair Trading
Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs

Doug Shave, MLA

Minister for Police
Minister for Emergency Services

Kevin Prince, LL.B., MLA

Minister for Planning
Minister for Heritage
Minister assisting the Treasurer

Graham Kierath, MLA

Attorney-General
Minister for Justice

Peter Foss, BA, LL.B., QC, MLC

Minister for Housing
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Water Resources

Dr Kim Hames, MBBS, JP, MLA

Minister for Health

John Day, BSc, BDSc, MLA

Minister for Employment and Training
Minister for Youth
Minister for the Arts

Mike Board, JP, MLA

Minister for Local Government
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Forest Products

Paul Omodei, MLA

Minister for Family and Children's Services
Minister for Seniors
Minister for Women's Interests

June van de Klashorst, MLA

Minister for Works
Minister for Services
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Rob Johnson, MLA

Parliamentary Secretaries

John Bradshaw, MPS, JP, MLA
Arthur Marshall, MLA
Katie Hodson-Thomas, JP, MLA
Barry House, BEcon, JP, MLC
Dan Barron-Sullivan, MLA

References[edit]

  • Hansard Indexes for 1993–2000, "Legislature of Western Australia"
  • "No.32 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 16 February 1993. p. 1993:1287–1289. 
  • "No.116 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 25 August 1993. p. 1993:4599. 
  • "No.8 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 25 January 1994. p. 1994:278–279. 
  • "No.18 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 10 February 1995. p. 1995:477–478. 
  • "No.176 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 21 December 1995. p. 1995:6163–6164. 
  • "No.5 (Special)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 9 January 1997. p. 1997:99–100. 
  • Phillips, Harry; Black, David (June 1996). "Australian Political Chronicle: July–December 1995". Australian Journal of Politics and History 42 (2): 271. ISSN 0004-9522. 
Preceded by
Lawrence Ministry
Court–Cowan Ministry
1993–2001
Succeeded by
Gallop Ministry