Liza Harvey

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Liza Harvey

Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Western Australia
Assumed office
16 February 2016
LeaderColin Barnett
Mike Nahan
Preceded byKim Hames
Deputy Premier of Western Australia
In office
16 February 2016 – 17 March 2017
PremierColin Barnett
Preceded byKim Hames
Succeeded byRoger Cook
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
for Scarborough
Assumed office
6 September 2008
Preceded byConstituency established
Personal details
Liza Mary Browne

(1966-10-25) 25 October 1966 (age 52)
Manjimup, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal
Hal Harvey
(m. 1996; wid. 2014)
EducationMercedes College
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
OccupationCustomer service advisor

Liza Mary Harvey (née Browne; born 25 October 1966) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 2008, representing the seat of Scarborough. She was a minister in the government of Colin Barnett, and in 2016 was appointed deputy premier, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

Early life[edit]

Harvey was born in Manjimup, Western Australia, to Jill Annette (née Randell) and Eugene Michael Browne.[1] Her mother was a descendant of George Randell, an early settler of Western Australia.[2] Harvey attended primary schools in Perth and Port Hedland, and secondary school at Mercedes College, Perth.[1] She went on to study science at the University of Western Australia. Harvey worked for Qantas between 1989 and 2000, holding positions in customer service and at the Qantas Club. She also helped to run a recreational fishing business with her husband, and was involved with various local business associations.[3]


Harvey entered parliament at the 2008 state election. She won the newly created Scarborough (a notionally Liberal seat) with 55.2 percent of the two-party-preferred vote.[4] In December 2010, Harvey was made parliamentary secretary to Simon O'Brien, in his capacity as the Minister for Small Business. She was elevated to the ministry in June 2012, replacing Rob Johnson as Minister for Police and Minister for Road Safety. After the 2013 state election, Harvey was additionally made Minister for Small Business and Minister for Women's Interests. In a ministerial reshuffle in August 2013, she lost the small business portfolio to Joe Francis, but was made Minister for Tourism instead. In another reshuffle in December 2014, she took over from Kim Hames as Minister for Training and Workforce Development, with Hames taking on the tourism portfolio.[5]

In December 2015, Kim Hames announced his intention to resign as deputy leader of the Liberal Party (and to retire from parliament at the 2017 state election).[6] Harvey was elected as his replacement unopposed in February 2016, and was sworn in as deputy premier a few days later, becoming the first woman to hold either position.[7] She has been cited as a possible future leader of the party.[8][9] In January 2017, Harvey confirmed that she would stand for the Liberal leadership once Colin Barnett retires, however on 21 March former treasurer Mike Nahan was elected unopposed as the new leader of the party with Harvey serving as his deputy.

Personal life[edit]

Harvey married her husband, Hal Lewis Harvey, in 1996. He had one daughter from a previous relationship, and they had two more children together (a son and a daughter).[1] Her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, and died from the disease in 2014, aged 55.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Liza Mary Harvey – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ Inaugural Speech: Mrs Liza Harvey MLA (Member for Scarborough), Hansard (Legislative Assembly), 25 November 2008.
  3. ^ Black, David and Phillips, Harry (2012). Making a Difference: Women in the Western Australian Parliament 1921–2012 (PDF). Parliament House, Perth, Western Australia: Parliament of Western Australia. pp. 481–486.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Scarborough (Key Seat), Western Australian State Election 2008, Antony Green's Election Guide. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  5. ^ Hon. Liza Mary Harvey MLA – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  6. ^ Jessica Strutt, "Health Minister Kim Hames to resign as Deputy Premier of WA in February", ABC News, 10 December 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Liza Harvey replaces Kim Hames as WA's new deputy leader", WAtoday, 15 February 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  8. ^ Joe Spagnolo, "Leadership contenders: Liza Harvey and Mia Davies tipped to lead WA’s Liberals, Nationals", PerthNow, 29 May 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  9. ^ Nick Butterly, "Barnett successor still up for grabs: Harvey", The West Australian, 28 March 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  10. ^ Liam Ducey, "WA fishing icon Hal Harvey loses battle with pancreatic cancer", WAtoday, 28 October 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
Parliament of Western Australia
New seat Member for Scarborough
Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Hames
Deputy Premier of Western Australia
Succeeded by
Roger Cook
Preceded by
Rob Johnson
Minister for Police
Succeeded by
Michelle Roberts
Preceded by
Rob Johnson
Minister for Road Safety
Succeeded by
Michelle Roberts
Preceded by
Simon O'Brien
Minister for Small Business
Succeeded by
Joe Francis
Preceded by
Robyn McSweeney
Minister for Women's Interests
Succeeded by
Simone McGurk
Preceded by
Colin Barnett
Minister for Tourism
Succeeded by
Kim Hames
Preceded by
Kim Hames
Minister for Training and Workforce Development
Portfolio abolished