Stewart West

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The Honourable
Stewart West
Stewart West.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cunningham
In office
15 October 1977 – 8 February 1993
Preceded by Rex Connor
Succeeded by Stephen Martin
Personal details
Born (1934-03-31) 31 March 1934 (age 84)
Forbes, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party

Stewart John West (born 31 March 1934), Australian politician, was the Australian Labor Party member for the Division of Cunningham in New South Wales.

West was elected to parliament in the Cunningham by-election on 15 October 1977, after the sudden death of the sitting member, Rex Connor.

When the Labor Party won government in the 1983 federal election, West was appointed Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Bob Hawke. As the only member of Labor's left-wing faction to be a minister, West found himself at odds with the Labor Right-dominated Cabinet, and he resigned on 4 November 1983 when he was unable to support a Cabinet decision on uranium mining.[1] He was reappointed to Cabinet on 3 April 1984, and served out the remaining parliamentary term as Immigration Minister.

West remained in Cabinet for the Hawke government's two subsequent terms as Minister for Housing and Construction from 1984 to 1987, and Minister for Administrative Services from 1987 to 1990. He resigned from Parliament on 8 February 1993 after losing pre-selection for the seat of Cunningham to Stephen Martin.[2]


  1. ^ Faulkner, John; Stewart Macintyre (2001). True Believers: The Story of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-609-6. 
  2. ^ Seat profile: Cunningham, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hodges
Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs
Succeeded by
Chris Hurford
Preceded by
Chris Hurford
Minister for Housing and Construction
Succeeded by
Peter Morris
Housing and Aged Care
Preceded by
Tom Uren
Local Government and
Administrative Services
Minister for Administrative Services
Succeeded by
Nick Bolkus
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Rex Connor
Member for Cunningham
Succeeded by
Stephen Martin