George Cash

Samuel Ernest "George" Cash AM[1] (born 12 September 1946 in Subiaco, Western Australia) is a former Australian politician. A member of the Liberal Party, he represented Mount Lawley in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly,[2] and later was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council, representing the North Metropolitan Region.

George Cash

14th President of the Western Australian Legislative Council
In office
27 May 1997 – 21 May 2001
PremierRichard Court
Preceded byClive Griffiths
Succeeded byJohn Cowdell
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council
In office
22 May 1989 – 22 May 2009
ConstituencyNorth Metropolitan
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
In office
1984 – 22 May 1989
Preceded byRay O'Connor
Succeeded byseat abolished
ConstituencyMount Lawley
Personal details
Born (1946-09-12) 12 September 1946 (age 74)
Subiaco, Western Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
ChildrenMichaelia Cash, Melinda Cash, Andrew Cash and Joanna Cash
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia


Cash was awarded a Bachelor of Laws and then a Master of Laws at the University of Western Australia, later completing a Bachelor of Business. He worked as a business proprietor and a company director before entering parliament.

In 1984, he was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly as the member for Mount Lawley at a by-election resulting from the resignation from parliament of then premier Ray O'Connor. Cash was re-elected in 1986 but the seat was abolished in a redistribution in 1988. He then switched to the Western Australian Legislative Council and was elected in the 1989 state election under the new proportional system which came into effect for the council. He served 20 years in that chamber, including four years as President between 1997 and 2001, while Richard Court was Premier, and was for several years thereafter the deputy president. He announced his retirement before the 2008 election, and his term ended on 21 May 2009.

In 2010 Cash was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Western Australia, and to the community.[1] He is the father of Western Australian Senator Michaelia Cash.


  1. ^ a b "CASH, George: Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook". 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2008.