Joe Francis (politician)

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Joe Francis
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
6 September 2008 – 11 March 2017
Preceded by None (new seat)
Succeeded by Yaz Mubarakai
Constituency Jandakot
Personal details
Born (1970-12-11) 11 December 1970 (age 46)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal

Joseph Michael "Joe" Francis (born 11 December 1970) is an Australian politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 2008 to 2017, representing the seat of Jandakot. He was a minister in the government of Colin Barnett from March 2013 to March 2017.

Early life[edit]

Francis was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Robyn Caroline Mitchell and Charles Henry Francis. He has one sister Janelle May Francis. His primary education was at Spiritus Sanctus Primary school at North Ryde NSW. He attended Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, and after leaving school joined the Royal Australian Navy. He served in the navy from 1989 to 1994, and subsequently worked as a political staffer for several years.[1] Francis moved to Western Australia in 2000, operating a small business. He re-enlisted in the navy in 2002, and served as a navigator and warfare officer with the RAN Submarine Service, initially aboard HMAS Farncomb and later as an instructor at a training centre.[2]


In 2008, Francis left the navy in order to run for parliament at the 2008 state election. He was elected to the newly created seat of Jandakot, which had been created with a notional majority for the Labor Party.[3] In June 2012, Francis was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Commerce, and the Minister for Small Business. After the 2013 state election, where he increased his majority in Jandakot, Francis was elevated to the ministry, becoming Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services, and Minister for Veterans. In August 2013, he was also made Minister for Small Business. He relinquished that position to Sean L'Estrange in a reshuffle in March 2016, but was made Minister for Fisheries instead.[4]

Joe Francis opposes same-sex marriage.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joseph Michael Francis – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ HON Joe Francis MLA: Biography – Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ Jandakot (Key Seat), 2008 Western Australian Election, Antony Green's Election Guide. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ Hon. Joseph (Joe) Michael Francis MLA – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  5. ^ [1]
Parliament of Western Australia
New seat Member for Jandakot
Succeeded by
Yaz Mubarakai
Political offices
Preceded by
Troy Buswell
Minister for Emergency Services
Preceded by
Murray Cowper
Minister for Corrective Services
New creation Minister for Veterans
Preceded by
Liza Harvey
Minister for Small Business
Succeeded by
Sean L'Estrange
Preceded by
Ken Baston
Minister for Fisheries