Members of the Western Australian Legislative Council, 1962–1965

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This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 22 May 1962 to 21 May 1965.

Significant changes occurred to the structure of the Legislative Council and the manner of voting during the term. The Constitution Acts Amendment Act (No.2) 1963 (No.72 of 1963) abolished the 10 three-member provinces which had existed almost unaltered since 1900, and created 15 new two-member provinces. Voting became compulsory and the property franchise was abolished, and the practice of having separate Legislative Council elections in May of every even-numbered year was abolished—the Council's members would now go to the voters at the same elections as members of the Legislative Assembly, although the rotational system where one member per province would retire at each election remained in effect, and unlike the Assembly, the Council's term still expired on 22 May every three years.

A number of transitional arrangements were necessary to put these changes into effect. Those who had terms expiring on 21 May 1964, and five of the ten whose terms were to expire on 21 May 1966 (those who had the lowest winning margins at the 1960 election) would retire on 21 May 1965. The remaining 15 members were eligible to be appointed to new provinces for terms expiring on 21 May 1968. Five of the 15 members whose terms expired in 1965 opted to retire—George Bennetts (Labor), Anthony Loton (Country), Reg Mattiske (Liberal), James Murray (Liberal) and John Teahan (Labor).

Name Party Province Term expires Years in office
Charles Abbey Liberal Central 1964 1965 1958–1977
Norm Baxter Country Central 1966 1965 1950–1958; 1960–1983
George Bennetts Labor South-East 1964 1965 1946–1965
Evan Davies[2] Labor West 1968 1947–1963
David Dellar[1] Labor North-East 1964 1965 1963–1965
Leslie Diver Country Central 1968 1952–1974
Jerry Dolan[2] Labor West 1968 1963–1974
Jim Garrigan Labor South-East 1966 1965 1954–1971
Arthur Griffith Liberal Suburban 1964 1965 1953–1977
William Hall[1] Labor North-East 1964 1938–1963
Eric Heenan Labor North-East 1968 1936–1968
Jack Heitman[3] Country Midland 1964 1965 1963–1977
James Hislop Liberal Metropolitan 1964 1965 1941–1971
Ruby Hutchison Labor Suburban 1966 1965 1954–1971
Ray Jones Country Midland 1968 1950–1967
Frederick Lavery Labor West 1964 1965 1952–1971
Les Logan Country Midland 1966 1968 1947–1974
Anthony Loton Country South 1964 1965 1944–1965
Graham MacKinnon Liberal South-West 1968 1956–1986
Reg Mattiske Liberal Metropolitan 1966 1965 1956–1965
James Murray Liberal South-West 1964 1965 1951–1965
Herbert R. Robinson Liberal Suburban 1968 1962–1968
Charles Simpson[3] Country Midland 1964 1946–1963
Harry Strickland Labor North 1968 1950–1970
Claude Stubbs Labor South-East 1968 1962–1980
John Teahan Labor North-East 1966 1965 1954–1965
Ron Thompson Labor West 1966 1968 1959–1980
Sydney Thompson Country South 1966 1968 1960–1974
Jack Thomson Country South 1968 1950–1974
Keith Watson Liberal Metropolitan 1968 1948–1968
Bill Willesee Labor North 1966 1968 1954–1974
Francis Drake Willmott Liberal South-West 1966 1968 1955–1974
Frank Wise Labor North 1964 1965 1956–1971

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1 On 1 May 1963, North-East Province Labor MLC William Hall died. Labor candidate David Dellar won the resulting by-election on 29 June 1963.
2 On 10 April 1963, West Province Labor MLC Evan Davies died. Labor candidate Jerry Dolan won the resulting by-election on 29 June 1963.
3 On 12 June 1963, Midland Province Country MLC Charles Simpson died. Liberal candidate Jack Heitman won the resulting by-election on 17 August 1963.

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