Western Australian Party

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The Western Australian Party (WAP) was a short-lived Australian political party that operated in 1906. It was intended as a liberal party to protect the rights of Western Australians and to oppose the increasingly successful Labour Party, and drew its supporters from the Protectionist Party and the Anti-Socialist Party. John Forrest, a minister in Alfred Deakin's government, accepted the leadership of the party. Candidates were endorsed for all electorates in the 1906 federal election, including Forrest, but by the time of the election enthusiasm for the venture had diffused. The party elected Forrest in Swan and William Hedges in Fremantle. In practice they sat as independents and joined the Commonwealth Liberal Party when it formed.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ Murdoch, J. R. M. (August 1967). "The Western Australian Party in the 1906 Federal Elections: A Comment on Early Federal Feeling in the West". Australian Journal of Politics and History. University of Queensland Press. 13 (2): 247–250. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8497.1967.tb00805.x. 
  2. ^ John Forrest - Biographical Register: Parliament of Western Australia
  3. ^ 1906 House of Reps WA: Adam Carr
  4. ^ The Candidates: The West Australian 12 December 1906