Ken Baston

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The Honourable
Ken Baston
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for Mining and Pastoral Region
Assumed office
22 May 2005
Minister for Agriculture and Food[1]
In office
21 March 2013 – 31 March 2016
Preceded by Terry Redman
Succeeded by Dean Nalder
Minister for Fisheries[1]
In office
11 December 2013 – 31 March 2016
Preceded by Troy Buswell
Succeeded by Joe Francis
Personal details
Born (1949-06-29) 29 June 1949 (age 67)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Robin

Kenneth Charles "Ken" Baston (born 29 June 1949)[2] is an Australian politician who is a current Liberal Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Council representing the Mining and Pastoral Region. First elected to parliament at the 2005 state election, Baston was elevated to Cabinet following the 2013 state election, and held the positions of Minister for Agriculture and Food and Minister for Fisheries until March 2016.[3]

Baston described his childhood—growing up on a sheep station that was run by his parents on the coast north west of Carnarvon, Western Australia—as idyllic. He completed his early education by correspondence before heading to boarding school in Perth to complete his education. Following his schooling in Perth, he ran the Ella Valla sheep station on a pastoral lease 90 kilometres (56 mi) south of Carnarvon, exporting wool and meat.[4]

Baston won preselection for the region for the 2008 election and was chosen to be listed second on the ballot paper for the Liberal Party, after Norman Moore.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Hon Ken Baston MLC". Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hon Kenneth Charles BASTON MLC Member for Mining and Pastoral WA Legislative Council". Australian Government, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. June 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Member List – Hon. Kenneth (Ken) Charles Baston MLC". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Inaugural Speech by Ken Baston" (PDF). Parliament of Western Australia. 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "ABC News – Liberals endorse Mining and Pastoral Candidates". ABC News. 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008.