Dr Mike Nahan
|Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia|
21 March 2017
|Preceded by||Colin Barnett|
|Treasurer of Western Australia|
17 March 2014 – 17 March 2017
|Preceded by||Troy Buswell|
|Succeeded by||Ben Wyatt|
|Western Australian Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests|
21 March 2013 – 17 March 2017
|Western Australian Minister for Finance|
21 March 2013 – 17 March 2014
|Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
6 September 2008
|Preceded by||Tony McRae|
|Born||Michael Dennis Nahan
2 July 1950
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||Western Michigan University
Australian National University
Michael Dennis "Mike" Nahan (born 2 July 1950) is an Australian politician, serving as Western Australian Liberal leader and Leader of the Opposition since the 2017 state election. He has been Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Riverton since 2008. He served as Treasurer of Western Australia from March 2014 until March 2017.
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 Western Michigan University. 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.
Nahan arrived in Western Australia in July 1982. He joined the Institute of Public Affairs, a libertarian think tank, as a policy director. Between 1995 and 2005 he was Executive Director of the IPA.
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. 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.
Treasurer of Western Australia
As Treasurer of Western Australia, Nahan presided over the loss of the state's AAA credit rating in August 2014 when state debt was downgraded to AA1 (further downgraded to AA2 in February 2016), and an unemployment rate of 6.5% in March 2017.
- Mike Nahan, Member for Riverton (13 November 2008). "Maiden Speech" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Western Australia: Legislative Assembly. p. 35-38.
- "About Mike Nahan". mikenahan.com.au. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- "People & associates - Mike Nahan". Institute of Public Affairs. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- "Current Members - Hon. Dr Michael (Mike) Dennis Nahan MLA BEc, MS, PhD". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Cabinet reshuffle: Nahan and Nalder the winners after resignation of Troy Buswell". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 March 2014.
- O'Connor, Andrew (8 May 2014). "WA budget 2014: Households set for financial pain as Government delivers slim surplus". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
- "Moody's downgrades WA credit rating as commodities prices plunge; fears of debt blowout". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 February 2016.
- O'Connor, Andrew (4 March 2017). "WA Liberals wield double-edged sword as they target Labor's election promise costings". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
|Western Australian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Riverton
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Liberal Party in Western Australia