Mike Nahan

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The Honourable
Dr Mike Nahan
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Mike Nahan opening the Willetton Rotary Fair 2010
Treasurer of Western Australia
Assumed office
17 March 2014
Premier Colin Barnett
Preceded by Troy Buswell
Western Australian Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
Assumed office
21 March 2013
Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australian Minister for Finance
In office
21 March 2013 – 17 March 2014
Premier Colin Barnett
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
for Riverton
Assumed office
6 September 2008
Preceded by Tony McRae
Personal details
Born Michael Dennis Nahan
(1950-07-02) 2 July 1950 (age 66)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Nyuk Nahan
Alma mater University of Michigan
Australian National University
Profession Economist
Religion Roman Catholic
Website mikenahan.com.au

Michael Dennis "Mike" Nahan (born 2 July 1950) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since 2008. He is the Western Australian Treasurer, Minister for Energy, and Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.


Nahan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1950 as one of 13 children and grew up on a small farm, later graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan. After arriving in Australia in the late 1970s, he received a doctorate in economics from the Australian National University having previously completed a master's degree in agricultural economics.[1][2]

Nahan arrived in Western Australia in July 1982. He joined the Institute of Public Affairs, a right-wing think tank, as a policy director. Between 1995 and 2005 he was Executive Director of the IPA.[3]


Nahan entered politics at the 2008 Western Australian state election when he defeated incumbent Labor MP Tony McRae for the seat of Riverton.

Nahan is currently Trustee of the Parliamentary Superannuation Board and was Chairman of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee in State Parliament from November 2008 to August 2012.[2][4] As part of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee, Mike Nahan presided over the Kimberley Ultramarathon Inquiry, an Inquiry set up to understand why five individuals received extensive burns. It was later determined that the fire was caused by an out of control prescribed burn being conducted by FESA, El Questro, the WA Police and the Salerno family.

After the 2013 Western Australian state election, Nahan was appointed Western Australian Minister for Energy, Finance, and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett.[4]

Nahan was appointed as the Western Australian Treasurer on 14 March 2014 following the resignation of Troy Buswell.[5] His first budget as Treasurer was delivered in May 2014.[6]


  1. ^ Mike Nahan, Member for Riverton (13 November 2008). http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Hansard%5Chansard.nsf/0/fa86f93f4f4903f1c8257584001f5bfb/$FILE/A38%20S1%2020081113%20p272d-308a.pdf |chapter-url= missing title (help) (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Western Australia: Legislative Assembly. p. 35. 
  2. ^ a b "About Mike Nahan". mikenahan.com.au. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "People & associates - Mike Nahan". Institute of Public Affairs. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Current Members - Hon. Dr Michael (Mike) Dennis Nahan MLA BEc, MS, PhD". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Cabinet reshuffle: Nahan and Nalder the winners after resignation of Troy Buswell - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - 14 March 2014 - Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-08/wa-budget-2014-handed-down/5439454

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Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Tony McRae
Member for Riverton