Don Taylor (Australian politician)

Alexander Donald Taylor AM (born 24 January 1928) is a former Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1968 to 1984, representing the seat of Cockburn. He served as a minister in the government of John Tonkin, including as deputy premier from 1973 to 1974. Taylor later served as Administrator of Christmas Island (an Australian external territory) from 1986 to 1990.


Don Taylor

Deputy Premier of Western Australia
In office
30 May 1973 – 8 April 1974
PremierJohn Tonkin
Preceded byHerb Graham
Succeeded byRay McPharlin
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
23 March 1968 – 31 August 1984
Preceded byHenry Curran
Succeeded byClive Hughes
ConstituencyCockburn
Administrator of Christmas Island
In office
4 August 1986 – 24 February 1990
Preceded byTom Paterson
Succeeded byBill McKenzie
Personal details
Born (1928-01-24) 24 January 1928 (age 92)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Political partyLabor

Early lifeEdit

Taylor was born in Kalgoorlie to Lily Irene (née Jennings) and Alexander Taylor. He was raised in Perth, attending Perth Modern School, and was a state-level basketball player in his youth. Taylor studied teaching at the University of Western Australia and Claremont Teachers College, and after graduating worked at Applecross Senior High School (1959–1960) and Perth Modern School (1961–1962). He later worked as a rural education officer with the Junior Farmers' Council.[1]

PoliticsEdit

A member of the Labor Party from 1956, Taylor was elected to parliament at the 1968 state election, replacing the retiring Henry Curran in Cockburn.[2] After the 1971 election, which saw the election of a Labor government, he was made Minister for Housing and Minister for Labour in the new ministry. Following a ministerial reshuffle in October 1971, Taylor's titles were Minister for Labour, Minister for Prices Control, and Minister for Tourism. He was additionally made Minister for Immigration in February 1973.[1]

In May 1973, Herb Graham stepped down as deputy leader of the Labor Party, with Taylor being elected as his replacement and consequently being appointed deputy premier. He served as deputy premier until Labor's defeat at the 1974 election, a term of less than a year (the shortest term of any deputy premier in Western Australia).[3] After the election, Taylor was replaced as Labor's deputy leader by Colin Jamieson. He remained in the shadow ministry until 1980, serving under three leaders of the opposition (John Tonkin, Colin Jamieson, and Ron Davies).[1]

Later lifeEdit

Taylor retired from parliament in August 1984. He served on the Judiciary and Parliamentary Salaries Tribunal from 1984 to 1986, and then was briefly chairman of the Authority for the Intellectually Handicapped. From 1986 to 1990, Taylor served as Administrator of Christmas Island, an Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean.[1] He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1991 Australia Day Honours, for "public service and service to the Western Australia parliament".[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Alexander Donald Taylor – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Deputy Premiers of Western Australia – Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. ^ TAYLOR, Alexander Donald, It's An Honour. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Henry Curran
Member for Cockburn
1968–1984
Succeeded by
Clive Hughes
Political offices
Preceded by
Herb Graham
Deputy Premier
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Ray McPharlin
Preceded by
Des O'Neil
Minister for Housing
1971
Succeeded by
Arthur Bickerton
Preceded by
Des O'Neil
Minister for Labour
1971–1973
Succeeded by
John Harman
Preceded by
Ron Davies
Minister for Prices Control
1971–1973
Succeeded by
John Harman
Preceded by
Ron Davies
Minister for Consumer Protection
1971–1973
Succeeded by
John Harman
Preceded by
Tom Evans
Minister for Tourism
1971–1973
Succeeded by
Ronald Thompson
Preceded by
Arthur Griffith
Minister for Immigration
1973
Succeeded by
John Harman
Preceded by
Herb Graham
Minister for Development and Decentralisation
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Charles Court