Dave Kelly (politician)

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The Honourable
Dave Kelly
Dave Kelly.jpg
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
Assumed office
9 March 2013
Preceded by Martin Whitely
Constituency Bassendean
Personal details
Born (1962-07-01) 1 July 1962 (age 55)
East Fremantle, Western Australia
Political party Labor
Alma mater University of Western Australia

David Joseph Kelly (born 1 July 1962) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 2013, representing the seat of Bassendean. In the McGowan Ministry, he is Minister for Water, Minister for Fisheries, Minister for Forestry, Minister for Innovation and ICT, and Minister for Science.

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born in Perth, and graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[1] Prior to entering politics, he worked for a trade union, United Voice, for 20 years, including as state secretary for 10 years.

Political career[edit]

Kelly entered parliament at the 2013 state election, replacing the retiring member, Martin Whitely, in the safe Labor seat of Bassendean. At the time of his election, he was living in the suburb of Bayswater.[2] A month after entering parliament, Kelly was included in the reconstituted shadow ministry led by Mark McGowan.[3] He has been described as a "factional boss" and "left-faction powerbroker".[4][5]


  1. ^ David (Dave) Joseph Kelly – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ Bassendean – WA Votes 2013, ABC News. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  3. ^ Mr David (Dave) Joseph Kelly MLA BA – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ Claire Moodie, "Analysis: How Stephen Smith failed in his challenge for the WA Labor leadership", ABC News, 18 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ Jacob Kagi, "WA Premier continues to goad Mark McGowan over failed Labor leadership coup", ABC News, 17 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.


Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Martin Whitely
Member for Bassendean