Tonkin shadow ministry

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The Tonkin shadow ministry was a Shadow Cabinet led by the Opposition Leader and leader of the Labor Party, John Tonkin, in the Parliament of Western Australia. While serving no formal status—only the Leader and Deputy Leader received remuneration for their role over and above that of a Member of Parliament—it was intended to improve the effectiveness of the Opposition by providing an alternative Ministry to voters, consisting of shadow ministers who could ask role-specific questions in parliament, provide comment to the media and offer alternative policies to the government in their areas of responsibility.

The Tonkin shadow ministry was the first of its kind in Western Australia, and existed from March 1974, after Labor's defeat at the 1974 state election, until 15 April 1976 when Tonkin stepped down at the age of 74. It was followed by the Jamieson shadow ministry.

The governing Ministries at the time were the Court–McPharlin Ministry and the first Court Ministry.

The Shadow Ministry[edit]

The following members of Parliament were members of the shadow ministry:[1]

Office Minister

Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister Co-ordinating Economic and Regional Development

John Tonkin, Dip.Tchg., FAIA, MLA

Deputy Leader Shadow Minister for Public Works
Shadow Minister for Water Supplies
Shadow Minister for Housing

Colin Jamieson, MLA

Shadow Minister for Education
Shadow Minister for Cultural Affairs
Shadow Minister for Recreation

Tom Evans, LL.B., MLA

Shadow Minister for Agriculture

David Evans, BA, MLA

Shadow Minister for Local Government
Shadow Minister for Urban Development and Town Planning

Alexander Taylor, BA, DipEd, MLA

Shadow Minister for Industrial Development
Shadow Minister for Electricity
Shadow Minister for Mines
Shadow Minister for Fuel and Energy

Donald May, MLA

Shadow Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for Community Welfare

Ron Davies, MLA

Shadow Minister for Labour and Industry
Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs
Shadow Minister for Immigration
Shadow Minister for Tourism

John Harman, MLA

Shadow Attorney-General

Ron Bertram, LL.B., Dip.Acctg., AASA, MLA

Shadow Minister for Police
Shadow Minister for Transport
Shadow Minister for Traffic Safety

Tom Jones, MLA

Shadow Minister for Lands Shadow Minister for Forests
Shadow Minister for the North-West

Mal Bryce, BA, MLA

Shadow Chief Secretary
Shadow Minister for Conservation and the Environment
Shadow Minister for Fisheries and Fauna

Terry Burke, MLA

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council

Ronald Thompson, MLC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Penrose, Sandra (December 1974). "Australian Political Chronicle: May–August 1974". Australian Journal of Politics and History. 20 (3): 413. ISSN 0004-9522.