David Smith (Western Australian politician)

David Lawrence Smith OAM (born 12 October 1943) is a former Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1983 to 1996. He served as a minister in the governments of Peter Dowding and Carmen Lawrence.


David Smith

Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
19 February 1983 – 14 December 1996
Preceded byNone (new creation)
Succeeded byDan Sullivan
ConstituencyMitchell
Personal details
Born (1943-10-12) 12 October 1943 (age 77)
Bunbury, Western Australia
Political partyLabor
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia

Smith was born in Bunbury, Western Australia. He attended Marist Brothers' St Francis Xavier's boys school in Bunbury and St Ildephonsus college in New Norcia. After graduating from highschool he and studied law at the University of Western Australia.[1] A member of the Labor Party since 1967, he contested the seat of Bunbury at the 1977 state election, but lost to the sitting Liberal member, John Sibson.[2] Smith served on the City of Bunbury council from 1979 to 1983,[1] before being elected to the seat of Mitchell at the 1983 state election.[2] After the 1989 election, he was appointed to the Dowding ministry as Minister for Justice, Minister for Community Services, and Minister for the South-West. Smith was retained in the ministry when Carmen Lawrence succeeded Peter Dowding as premier in February 1990, with the same titles. Following a reshuffle in February 1991, he was replaced as Minister for Community Services by Eric Ripper, but was additionally made Minister for Lands, Minister for Planning, and Minister for Local Government.[1] Smith lost his ministerial titles after Labor's defeat at the 1993 election, but remained in parliament until his retirement at the 1996 election.[1]

Personal LifeEdit

David Smith's mother was Evelyn Smith, who is renowned for her special relationship with local dolphins. He is married to Tresslyn Smith, a councillor with the City of Bunbury. He has three adult children: Matthew, Nicholas and Penelope; and two grandchildren: Josie and Dylan.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d David Lawrence Smith – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 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
New creation Member for Mitchell
1983–1996
Succeeded by
Dan Sullivan
Political offices
New creation Minister for Justice
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Cheryl Edwardes
Preceded by
Kay Hallahan
Minister for Community Services
1989–1991
Succeeded by
Eric Ripper
Preceded by
Julian Grill
Minister for the South-West
1989–1993
Abolished
Preceded by
Kay Hallahan
Minister for Lands
1991–1993
Succeeded by
George Cash
Preceded by
Pam Beggs
Minister for Planning
1991–1993
Succeeded by
Richard Lewis
Preceded by
Kay Hallahan
Minister for Local Government
1991–1993
Succeeded by
Paul Omodei