John Kobelke

John Charles Kobelke (30 June 1949 – 23 June 2019) was an Australian politician. He was an ALP member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 2013.[1]

John Kobelke
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Balcatta
In office
26 February 2005 – 9 March 2013
Preceded byNew creation
Succeeded byChris Hatton
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Nollamara
In office
4 February 1989 – 25 February 2005
Preceded byKeith Wilson
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
John Charles Kobelke

(1949-06-30)30 June 1949
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Died23 June 2019(2019-06-23) (aged 69)
Perth, Western Australia
Political partyLabor Party

Until the defeat of the Carpenter government in 2008, Kobelke was variously Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation.


He was educated at Christian Brothers' High School, Highgate and the University of Western Australia. He also taught at various schools across Perth.

In 1989, he was elected to the seat of Nollamara, which has since been renamed Balcatta. During 1992 he was the Parliamentary Secretary to Cabinet in the Lawrence Government.

During the years of 1993 to 2000, when the Labor Party was in opposition, he served as the spokesperson for Labour Relations, Planning, Lands, Housing, Youth, Education, Employment and Training, Works and Services and Freedom of Information.

He served the portfolios of Training from 2001 to 2003 and as the Minister assisting in public sector management from 2003 to 2005.

On 20 March 2012, Kobelke announced that he would not stand for re-election in the 2013 Western Australian State election due to personal reasons.[2]

Kobelke died at a hospital in Perth on 23 June 2019.[3]


  1. ^ "Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook". 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
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  3. ^ Kagi, Jacob; Shine, Rhiannon (24 June 2019). "Former WA police minister John Kobelke dies in Perth hospital aged 69". ABC News. Retrieved 24 June 2019.

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Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Keith Wilson
Member for Nollamara
District abolished
District created Member for Balcatta
Succeeded by
Chris Hatton