Gordon Hill (politician)
Gordon Leslie Hill (born 16 May 1951) is a former Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1982 to 1994. He served as a minister in the governments of Brian Burke, Peter Dowding, and Carmen Lawrence.
|Member of the Legislative Assembly|
of Western Australia
13 March 1982 – 19 February 1983
|Preceded by||John Skidmore|
|Succeeded by||None (abolished)|
19 February 1983 – 4 August 1994
|Preceded by||None (new creation)|
|Succeeded by||Rhonda Parker|
|Born||16 May 1951|
Collie, Western Australia
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia|
Hill was born in Collie, in Western Australia's South West region. He attended Collie Senior High School before going on to Claremont Teachers College and the University of Western Australia, where he trained as a schoolteacher. Hill left the teaching profession in 1975 to work as a research officer at the federal Department of Environment, under Joe Berinson. He had joined the Labor Party in 1967, and served as assistant state secretary in Western Australia from 1977 to 1983. He was also involved with the Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union.
Hill was elected to parliament at the 1982 Swan by-election, necessitated by the resignation of the sitting member, John Skidmore. He transferred to the new seat of Helena at the 1983 state election, which he would hold for the rest of his time in parliament. Hill was made a government whip after the 1983 election, and after the 1986 election was elevated to the ministry as Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs. After Peter Dowding became premier in 1988, he lost the police portfolio to Ian Taylor and was instead made Minister for Employment and Training.
In a cabinet reshuffle after the 1989 state election, Hill lost the employment and training portfolio and instead became Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Fisheries. He again switched portfolios when Carmen Lawrence became premier in February 1990, with his titles being Minister for Fisheries, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Youth, and Minister for Sport and Recreation. Hill lost all but the fisheries portfolio in a February 1991 reshuffle, but was additionally made Minister for Mines. He held the mines and fisheries portfolios until Labor's defeat at the 1993 state election, and was also Minister for the Mid-West from February 1991 to September 1992.
Hill continued on in the shadow ministry until August 1994, when he resigned from parliament. He had only narrowly defeated the Liberal candidate, Rhonda Parker, at the 1993 election, and Parker went on to win Helena at the resulting by-election, defeating Labor's Joe Bullock.
After his retirement, Hill gained a law degree from Murdoch University and established a legal practice in Dunsborough. He served as a director of Firepower International until the company's collapse in 2007. Some of the company's investors later launched a civil suit against him, which resulted in him declaring bankruptcy in 2010. In April 2016, the Supreme Court of Western Australia found that Hill had defrauded investors of approximately A$4.3 million, and he was ordered to repay that amount.
- Gordon Leslie Hill – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- 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 March 2010). "Former minister's bankruptcy declaration" – ABC News. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- Rebecca Turner (21 April 2016). "Former WA minister Gordon Hill defrauded Firepower investors of $3.4m, court finds" – ABC News. Retrieved 11 May 2016.