Donna Faragher

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The Honourable
Donna Faragher
MLC
Donna Faragher1.jpg
Faragher in 2008
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
Assumed office
22 May 2005
Constituency East Metropolitan Region
Personal details
Born (1975-09-12) 12 September 1975 (age 41)
Middle Swan, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Western Australia

Donna Evelyn Mary Faragher (née Taylor; born 12 September 1975) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia since 2005, representing East Metropolitan Region. She became a minister in the government of Colin Barnett in 2008, becoming the youngest woman to hold ministerial office in Western Australia.

Early life[edit]

Faragher was born in Perth to Joan Betty Light and Donald Franklin Taylor, both of whom were police officers. She attended primary school at Guildford Grammar School and secondary school at Perth College. Faragher then went on to the University of Western Australia, graduating with an initial Bachelor of Arts degree and later completing a Master of Education. She was federal secretary of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation in 1997.[1]

Politics[edit]

Prior to entering parliament, Faragher worked as a policy advisor for Senator Chris Ellison, a federal government minister under John Howard.[1] She was elected to the Legislative Council at the 2005 state election, running second behind Helen Morton on the Liberal Party's ticket in East Metropolitan Region.[2] Aged 29 at the time of her election, she became the youngest female MP for the Liberal Party (and the second-youngest overall, after Bill Grayden), as well as the second-youngest woman ever elected to the Legislative Council (after the Labor Party's Louise Pratt).[3]

Shortly after her election, Faragher was added to the Liberal shadow ministry. She would serve under four leaders of the opposition (Matt Birney, Paul Omodei, Troy Buswell, and Colin Barnett. When the Liberal Party won victory at the 2008 state election, she was made Minister for the Environment and Minister for Youth in the new ministry formed by Colin Barnett.[2] Aged 33, she became the youngest woman to serve as a government minister in Western Australia, and the fourth-youngest overall.[4] In November 2010, Faragher resigned from the ministry in order to give birth to her first child.[5] She was instead made parliamentary secretary to the premier, and held that position until March 2016, when she re-entered the ministry as Minister for Planning and Minister for Disability Services.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Donna Evelyn Mary Faragher – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hon. Donna Evelyn Mary Faragher MLC JP; M.Ed(Hons); BA (Hons); Grad.Dip. Ed – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ David Black (2014), The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook (Twenty-Third Edition); Perth [W.A.]: Parliament of Western Australia; p. 239.
  4. ^ Black (2014), p. 240.
  5. ^ "Donna Faragher quits as Environment Minister", news.com.au, 22 November 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
Parliament of Western Australia
Political offices
Preceded by
David Templeman
Minister for the Environment
2008–2010
Succeeded by
John Day
Preceded by
Ljiljanna Ravlich
Minister for Youth
2008–2010
Succeeded by
John Day
Preceded by
John Day
Minister for Planning
2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Helen Morton
Minister for Disability Services
2016–present
Incumbent