Ian Taylor (Australian politician)

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Ian Taylor
Deputy Premier of Western Australia
In office
13 February 1990 – 16 February 1993
Premier Carmen Lawrence
Preceded by David Parker
Succeeded by Hendy Cowan
Leader of the Opposition
In office
7 February 1994 – 12 October 1994
Preceded by Carmen Lawrence
Succeeded by Jim McGinty
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Kalgoorlie
In office
1981–1996
Preceded by Edward Evans
Succeeded by Megan Anwyl
Personal details
Born (1949-03-15) 15 March 1949 (age 68)

Ian Frederick Taylor (born 15 March 1949) is a former Australian politician and Western Australian Deputy Premier and Opposition Leader.

Taylor was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 1981 as the Australian Labor Party (ALP) member for Kalgoorlie.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.

In 2000 Taylor announced his intention to leave the ALP over the treatment of former Labor politician Larry Graham.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Alphabetical Listing of Members of the Legislative Assembly since 1890" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Deputy Premiers of Western Australia" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition from 1905" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.pollbludger.com/wa2008/kalgoorlie.htm
  5. ^ 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.