Jeff Carr (Australian politician)

Jeffrey Phillip Carr (born 29 April 1944) is a former Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1974 to 1991, representing the seat of Geraldton. He served as a minister in the governments of Brian Burke, Peter Dowding, and Carmen Lawrence.


Jeff Carr
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
30 March 1974 – 28 February 1991
Preceded byBill Sewell
Succeeded byBob Bloffwitch
ConstituencyGeraldton
Personal details
Born (1944-04-29) 29 April 1944 (age 76)
Geraldton, Western Australia
Political partyLabor
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia

Carr was born in Geraldton, and attended Geraldton High School. He subsequently trained as a schoolteacher, attending Claremont Teachers College and the University of Western Australia.[1] A member of the Labor Party from 1969, Carr stood for parliament at the 1974 state election, replacing the retiring Bill Sewell as the member for Geraldton.[2] After the 1977 election, he became a member of the shadow ministry of Colin Jamieson. He remained a shadow minister under Ron Davies and Brian Burke during their periods as Leader of the Opposition, and following Labor's victory at the 1983 election was made Minister for Local Government and Minister for Police and Emergency Services in the Burke government.[1]

Carr was nearly defeated at the 1986 election, seeing his margin plunge from a comfortably safe 63.1 percent to an extremely marginal 50.4 percent. Carr was replaced as Minister for Police and Emergency Services by Arthur Tonkin, but remained in cabinet as Minister for Regional Development. He kept his ministerial titles following the retirement of Brian Burke in February 1988, and was also made Minister for Mines in the new Dowding ministry. Following a reshuffle in 1989, Carr lost his previous positions and was instead made Minister for Fuel and Energy and Minister for the Mid-West, the latter being an entirely new creation. He retained those when Carmen Lawrence replaced Peter Dowding as premier in February 1990, and was also made Minister for Small Business. In February 1991, Carr and two others (Pam Buchanan and Gavan Troy) were removed from the ministry by a Labor caucus vote.[1] He announced his resignation from parliament within a few days, and the resulting by-election was won by the Liberal candidate, Bob Bloffwitch.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Jeffrey Phillip Carr – 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
Preceded by
Bill Sewell
Member for Geraldton
1974–1991
Succeeded by
Bob Bloffwitch
Political offices
Preceded by
June Craig
Minister for Local Government
1983–1989
Succeeded by
Kay Hallahan
Preceded by
Ian Medcalf
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
1983–1986
Succeeded by
Arthur Tonkin
Preceded by
Julian Grill
Minister for Regional Development
1986–1989
Succeeded by
Gordon Hill
Preceded by
David Parker
Minister for Mines
1988–1991
Succeeded by
Gordon Hill
Preceded by
David Parker
Minister for Fuel and Energy
1989–1991
Succeeded by
Geoff Gallop
New creation Minister for the Mid-West
1989–1991
Succeeded by
Gordon Hill
Preceded by
Ernie Bridge
Minister for Small Business
1990–1991
Abolished