Bill Hassell

William Ralph Boucher Hassell, best known as Bill Hassell, (born 6 June 1943) is an Australian former politician who was Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia during the mid-1980s. He was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Cottesloe between 1977 and 1990.


Bill Hassell

Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Cottesloe
In office
19 February 1977 – 28 June 1990
Preceded byRoss Hutchinson
Succeeded byColin Barnett
20th Leader of the Opposition (Western Australia)
In office
15 February 1984 – 25 November 1986
Preceded byRay O'Connor
Succeeded byBarry MacKinnon
Agent-General for Western Australia
In office
1994–1996
Personal details
Born
William Ralph Boucher Hassell

(1943-06-06) 6 June 1943 (age 77)
CitizenshipAustralian
Political partyLiberal Party
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
ProfessionLawyer

Early lifeEdit

After attending Hale School, Hassell attended the University of Western Australia (UWA), graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Laws. He entered legal practice in 1966.[1]

Political careerEdit

In 1977 Hassell was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Cottesloe.[2]

He was Leader of the Opposition between 1984 and 1986 before being replaced by Barry MacKinnon.[3]

Hassell's subsequent political career saw him served as deputy mayor on Nedlands Council and in this capacity in November 2019, he stated that “Although I loathe and detest welcomes to the country, I sit through them patiently when we have these ceremonies” [4] Seven months later in June 2020, Hassell tendered his resignation as deputy mayor and from the council.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alumni - Graduates - Bill Hassell (1965)". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  2. ^ "A numerical listing of Members of the Legislative Assembly since 1890" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. October 2012. p. 9. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition from 1905" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. ^ Dickinson, Ben (16 November 2019). "Hassell blames militants for 'Invasion Day'" (PDF). Post Newspapers. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. ^ https://nedlands.wa.gov.au/media-release/city-acknowledges-resignation-councillor-bill-hassell-am
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Ross Hutchinson
Member for Cottesloe
1977–1990
Succeeded by
Colin Barnett
Political offices
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Leader of the Opposition
1984–1986
Succeeded by
Barry MacKinnon
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Leader of the WA Liberal Party
1984–1986
Succeeded by
Barry MacKinnon