Mal Bryce

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The Honourable
Mal Bryce
Deputy Premier
of Western Australia
In office
25 February 1983 – 25 February 1988
Premier Brian Burke
Preceded by Cyril Rushton
Succeeded by David Parker
Deputy Leader of the Labor Party
in Western Australia
In office
February 1977 – February 1980
Leader Ron Davies
Preceded by David Evans
Succeeded by David Evans
In office
18 September 1981 – 25 February 1988
Leader Brian Burke
Preceded by David Evans
Succeeded by David Parker
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
13 November 1971 – 18 February 1988
Preceded by Merv Toms
Succeeded by Eric Ripper
Constituency Ascot
Personal details
Born (1943-04-10) 10 April 1943 (age 74)
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Labor
Alma mater University of Western Australia

Malcolm John "Mal" Bryce AO (born 10 April 1943) is a former Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1971 to 1988, representing the seat of Ascot. He was deputy leader of the Labor Party from 1977 to 1980 and from 1981 to 1988, and served as deputy premier under Brian Burke.

Early life[edit]

Bryce was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, to Ruth Lucy (née Gibson) and Eric John Bryce. He attended Bunbury Senior High School before going on to study teaching at the University of Western Australia and Claremont Teachers College. Before entering politics, Bryce worked as a high school teacher, spending periods at Merredin Senior High School, Bunbury Senior High School, and John Forrest Senior High School.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bryce was an unsuccessful candidate for the Division of Moore in the 1966 Australian federal election.[2]

At the age of 28, Bryce was elected to the state Legislative Assembly at the 1971 Ascot by-election, caused by the death of Merv Toms (the serving Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.[1]

In 1983 Bryce was appointed Deputy Premier of Western Australia under Premier Brian Burke, serving until his resignation from parliament in 1988.[3][4]


After leaving parliament, Bryce joined Curtin University as an adjunct professor.[5]

Unlike Burke, Bryce has not been embroiled in the WA Inc scandal.


Bryce was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1989 for services to the WA parliament.[6]


  1. ^ a b Malcolm John Bryce, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam. "COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA LEGISLATIVE ELECTION OF 26 NOVEMBER 1966". Psephos - Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Deputy Premiers of Western Australia" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Member List - Hon. Eric Stephen Ripper". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Curtin experts tackle election issues". Curtin University. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bryce, Malcolm John - AO". It's an Honour. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 27 May 2012.