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Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)

The Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch), commonly known as WA Labor, is the Western Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party. It is the current governing party of Western Australia since winning the 2017 election under Mark McGowan.

Australian Labor Party
(Western Australian Branch)
LeaderMark McGowan
Deputy LeaderRoger Cook
PresidentCarolyn Smith
SecretaryMatt Dixon
Founded1899; 120 years ago (1899)
Headquarters54 Cheriton St, Perth WA 6000
Youth wingWA Young Labor
National affiliationAustralian Labor Party
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
40 / 59
Western Australian Legislative Council
14 / 36
Australian House of Representatives
(WA seats)
5 / 16
Australian Senate
(WA seats)
4 / 12
Website
www.walabor.org.au

HistoryEdit

The Western Australian state division of the Australian Labor Party was formed at a Trade Union Congress in Coolgardie in 1899.[1] Shortly afterwards the federal Labor Party was formalised in time for Australian federation in 1901. The WA Labor Party achieved representation in the Western Australian Parliament in 1900 with six members, and four years later the party entered into minority government with Henry Daglish becoming the first Labor Premier of Western Australia.[1]

LeadershipEdit

The current leaders of the party are:[2]

Election results for Legislative AssemblyEdit

Election Leader Seats ± Votes % ±% Position
1897 No official leader
1 / 44
 1 383 4.38%  4.38 Crossbench
1901
6 / 50
 5 9,658 25.88%  21.50 Crossbench
1904 Robert Hastie
22 / 50
 16 28,122 42.57%  16.70 Opposition
Minority government (from 10 Aug 1904 - 25 Aug 1905)
Opposition
1905 William Johnson
14 / 50
 8 18,364 35.07%  7.50 Opposition
1908 Thomas Bath
22 / 50
 8 28,325 37.80%  2.73 Opposition
1911 John Scaddan
34 / 50
 12 47,558 52.64%  14.73 Majority government
1914
26 / 50
 8 40,205 42.12%  10.42 Majority government
Minority government (from 18 Dec 1915 - 27 Jul 1917)
Opposition
1917 Philip Collier
15 / 50
 11 20,867 24.79%  17.33 Opposition
1921
17 / 50
 2 35,829 36.81%  11.99 Opposition
1924
27 / 50
 10 39,679 40.39%  3.58 Majority government
1927
27 / 50
 0 63,687 45.33%  4.94 Majority government
1930
23 / 50
 4 52,824 38.44%  6.89 Opposition
1933
30 / 50
 7 82,702 45.48%  7.04 Majority government
1936
26 / 50
 4 57,055 42.33%  3.15 Majority government
1939 John Willcock
27 / 50
 1 92,585 45.02%  2.63 Majority government
1943
30 / 50
 3 77,567 43.28%  4.00 Majority government
1947 Frank Wise
23 / 50
 7 64,377 39.38%  3.90 Opposition
1950
23 / 50
 0 94,055 41.85%  2.47 Opposition
1953 Albert Hawke
26 / 50
 3 93,157 49.76%  7.92 Majority government
1956
29 / 50
 3 116,793 49.70%  0.07 Majority government
1959
23 / 50
 6 117,861 44.92%  4.78 Opposition
1962
24 / 50
 1 129,757 44.41%  0.51 Opposition
1965
21 / 50
 3 128,025 42.64%  1.77 Opposition
1968 John Tonkin
23 / 51
 2 145,605 45.35%  2.71 Opposition
1971
26 / 51
 3 230,653 48.91%  3.56 Majority government
1974
22 / 51
 4 248,395 48.10%  0.81 Opposition
1977 Colin Jamieson
22 / 55
 0 257,730 44.22%  3.88 Opposition
1980 Ron Davies
23 / 55
 1 270,165 45.95%  1.73 Opposition
1983 Brian Burke
32 / 57
 9 342,536 53.16%  7.21 Majority government
1986
32 / 57
 0 416,805 53.00%  0.16 Majority government
1989 Peter Dowding
31 / 57
 1 341,931 42.46%  10.54 Majority government
1993 Carmen Lawrence
24 / 57
 7 338,008 37.08%  5.38 Opposition
1996 Geoff Gallop
19 / 57
 5 345,159 35.82%  1.26 Opposition
2001
32 / 57
 13 382,308 37.24%  1.42 Majority government
2005
32 / 57
 0 448,956 41.88%  4.65 Majority government
2008 Alan Carpenter
28 / 59
 4 390,339 35.84%  6.05 Opposition
2013 Mark McGowan
21 / 59
 7 392,448 33.13%  2.70 Opposition
2017
41 / 59
 20 557,794 42.20%  9.07 Majority government

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "History of WA Labor". WA Labor.
  2. ^ "Party Structure". WA Labor.