Alan Ridge

Keith Alan Ridge (born 18 July 1934) is a former Australian politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1968 to 1980, representing the seat of Kimberley. He was a minister in the government of Sir Charles Court.


Alan Ridge
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
23 March 1968 – 23 February 1980
Preceded byJohn Rhatigan
Succeeded byErnie Bridge
ConstituencyKimberley
Personal details
Born (1934-07-18) 18 July 1934 (age 86)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal

Ridge was born in Perth, and attended John Forrest High School. After leaving school, he worked as a clerk, serving as assistant secretary of the Quairading Road Board and then as clerk of the Shire of West Kimberley.[1] At the 1968 state election, Ridge ran as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Kimberley, and defeated the sitting Labor member, John Rhatigan. He was the first non-Labor member for Kimberley for 44 years (since 1924).[2] After the Liberals' victory at the 1974 state election, Ridge was appointed Minister for Lands and Minister for Forests in the new ministry formed by Sir Charles Court. In June 1975, he was also made Minister for Tourism, replacing Bill Grayden. The ministry was reshuffled after the 1977 election, and Ridge was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Community Welfare. Following another reshuffle in August 1978, he was instead made Minister for Housing, with Ray Young taking over his previous portfolio.[1] Ridge lost his seat to Labor's Ernie Bridge at the 1980 election.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Keith Alan Ridge – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
John Rhatigan
Member for Kimberley
1968–1980
Succeeded by
Ernie Bridge
Political offices
Preceded by
David Evans
Minister for Lands
1974–1977
Succeeded by
June Craig
Preceded by
David Evans
Minister for Forests
1974–1977
Succeeded by
June Craig
Preceded by
Bill Grayden
Minister for Tourism
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Graham MacKinnon
Preceded by
Norm Baxter
Minister for Health
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Ray Young
Preceded by
Norm Baxter
Minister for Community Welfare
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Ray Young
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Minister for Housing
1978–1980
Succeeded by
Andrew Mensaros