John Read (Australian politician)

John Bell Read (born 10 June 1939) is a former Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1983 to 1989, representing the seat of Mandurah. He later served as the Administrator of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (an Australian external territory) from 1992 to 1994.

John Read
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
19 February 1983 – 4 February 1989
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byRoger Nicholls
Administrator of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
In office
5 December 1992 – 4 December 1994
Preceded byBarry T. Cunningham
Succeeded byDanny Gillespie
Personal details
Born (1939-06-10) 10 June 1939 (age 81)
Boulder, Western Australia
Political partyLabor

Read was born in Boulder, Western Australia, to Alma (née Clifford) and George Henry Read. He attended Eastern Goldfields High School before going on to study teaching at the University of Western Australia and Claremont Teachers College. Between 1959 and 1983, Read worked as a schoolteacher at various primary schools in Perth and regional Western Australia. From 1970, he was a deputy principal, filling the position at schools in Boulder and Pinjarra.[1] Read entered parliament at the 1983 state election, narrowly defeating Richard Shalders (the sitting Liberal member in the seat of Murray) for the new seat of Mandurah. He increased his majority at the 1986 election, but at the 1989 election was defeated by the Liberal Party's Roger Nicholls.[2] After leaving parliament, Read worked in various consulting and managerial positions for the state and federal governments. From December 1992 to December 1994, he served as Administrator of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, one of the Australian Indian Ocean Territories. Read married Rosemary Madge Barker in 1960, with whom he five children. One of his sons, Keith John Read, was also a member of parliament.[1]


  1. ^ a b John Bell Read – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 26 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.
Parliament of Western Australia
New seat Member for Mandurah
Succeeded by
Roger Nicholls