Ron Davies (Western Australian politician)

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Ronald Davies (11 April 1926 – 24 July 2011) was an Australian politician, who was a Labor Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Victoria Park from 1961 to 1986.

Born in 1926,[1] Davies was a union official for the Western Australian Railway Officers' Union before he was elected to the Western Australian parliament in a by-election for Victoria Park in 1961. He became a member of cabinet in 1971, going on to hold such ministerial portfolios as Health, Environment, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs, Arts, and Forests, Conservation and Land Management in the Tonkin Ministry.[2] In 1974, with the Labor Party in Opposition, he was a member of the Tonkin Shadow Ministry.

In 1978, the Labor Party elected him as party leader in Western Australia and he served as Leader of the Opposition until he was ousted by Brian Burke in 1981.[3] The year before his deposition, he had led the ALP to defeat by Sir Charles Court's reigning Liberal Party at a state election.

Davies retired from parliament in 1986. He served as Agent-General for Western Australia in London from 1986 to 1990. He died in July 2011.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Cook, Roger: Tributes flow for Labor stalwart Ron Davies, Office of the Leader of the Opposition, 26 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Former Labor leader Ron Davies has died at age 85, ABC News, 26 July 2011.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Hugh Andrew
Member for Victoria Park
1961–1986
Succeeded by
Geoff Gallop
Political offices
Preceded by
Colin Jamieson
Leader of the Opposition
1978–1981
Succeeded by
Brian Burke
Party political offices
Preceded by
Colin Jamieson
Leader of the Labor Party
in Western Australia

1978–1981
Succeeded by
Brian Burke
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ron Douglas
Agent-General for Western Australia
1986–1990
Succeeded by
David Fischer