Ian Taylor (Australian politician)
|Deputy Premier of Western Australia|
13 February 1990 – 16 February 1993
|Preceded by||David Parker|
|Succeeded by||Hendy Cowan|
|Leader of the Opposition|
7 February 1994 – 12 October 1994
|Preceded by||Carmen Lawrence|
|Succeeded by||Jim McGinty|
|Member of the Western Australian Parliament
|Preceded by||Edward Evans|
|Succeeded by||Megan Anwyl|
|Born||15 March 1949|
Taylor was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 1981 as the Australian Labor Party (ALP) member for Kalgoorlie. In 1986 he was appointed Minister for Health and also held the Aged Care, Lands and Consumer Affairs portfolios at various times. Following Brian Burke's resignation in 1988 he became Minister for Police in Peter Dowding's ministry and on Carmen Lawrence's ascension to the premiership in 1990 he became Deputy Premier and Minister for Finance (although his portfolio varied during this time) corresponding to Premier Lawrence also being the Treasurer. Labor was defeated at the 1993 state election and Taylor became Leader of the Opposition in February 1994 when Lawrence resigned to enter federal parliament. He was succeeded by Jim McGinty in October. In 1996 he resigned to contest the federal seat of Kalgoorlie against Labor rebel Graeme Campbell, who defeated him as an independent. He was the first WA Labor leader in decades not to take the party into an election.
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- "Deputy Premiers of Western Australia" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "Leaders of the Opposition from 1905" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- Price, Matt (19 February 2000). "Ex-Labor leader to quit party". The Australian.
FORMER state Opposition leader Ian Taylor intends to resign from the Labor Party over the dumping of his friend and long-time colleague, Larry Graham.
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