Minister for Commerce (Western Australia)

Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations is a position in the government of Western Australia, currently held by Bill Johnston of the Labor Party. The position was first created after the 1993 state election, for the government of Richard Court. The minister is responsible for the state government's Department of Commerce.

The current Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations holds responsibilities that were previously given to several separate ministers – the Minister for Works (abolished 2001), Minister for Labour (abolished 2001), and Minister for Consumer Affairs (abolished 2008).

List of commerce ministersEdit

Titles
  • 16 February 1993 – 16 February 2001: Minister for Commerce and Trade
  • 23 September 2008 – 17 March 2017: Minister for Commerce
  • 17 March 2017 – present: Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations

Term start Term end Minister(s) Party
16 February 1993 16 February 2001 Hendy Cowan   National
2001–2008: no separate minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
23 September 2008 28 April 2010 Troy Buswell   Liberal
28 April 2010 14 December 2010 Bill Marmion   Liberal
14 December 2010 21 March 2013 Simon O'Brien   Liberal
21 March 2013 17 March 2017 Michael Mischin   Liberal
17 March 2017 Bill Johnston   Labor

List of works ministersEdit

Titles
  • 29 December 1890 – 27 May 1901: Director of Public Works
  • 27 May 1901 – 16 April 1924: Minister for Works
  • 16 April 1924 – 20 August 1936: Minister for Public Works
  • 20 August 1936 – 25 February 1986: Minister for Works
  • 25 February 1986 – 5 February 1991: Minister for Works and Services
  • 5 February 1991 – 16 February 1993: Minister for Construction
  • 16 February 1993 – 1 July 2001: Minister for Works

Term start Term end Minister(s) Party
29 December 1890 10 March 1896 Harry Venn   Ministerial
1 April 1896 23 August 1900 Frederick Piesse   Ministerial
10 September 1900 27 May 1901 Barrington Wood   Ministerial
27 May 1901 21 November 1901 Walter Kingsmill   Ministerial
21 November 1901 23 December 1901 Timothy Quinlan   Ministerial
23 December 1901 28 April 1904 Hector Rason   Ministerial
28 April 1904 10 August 1904 John Nanson   Ministerial
10 August 1904 7 June 1905 William Johnson   Labor
7 June 1905 25 August 1905 Patrick Lynch   Labor
25 August 1905 7 May 1906 Frank Wilson   Ministerial
7 May 1906 30 June 1909 James Price   Ministerial
30 June 1909 16 September 1910 Frank Wilson (again)   Ministerial
16 September 1910 17 October 1911 Henry Daglish   Ministerial
17 October 1911 23 November 1914 William Johnson (again)   Labor
23 November 1914 27 July 1916 William Angwin   Labor
27 July 1916 15 April 1924 William George   Liberal /
Nationalist
16 April 1924 23 April 1930 Alick McCallum   Labor
24 April 1930 24 April 1933 John Lindsay   Country
24 April 1933 16 March 1935 Alick McCallum (again)   Labor
16 March 1935 13 May 1936 James Kenneally   Labor
15 July 1936 9 December 1943 Harold Millington   Labor
9 December 1943 1 April 1947 Albert Hawke   Labor
1 April 1947 6 April 1950 Victor Doney   Country
6 April 1950 23 February 1953 David Brand   Liberal
23 February 1953 2 April 1959 John Tonkin   Labor
2 April 1959 16 March 1965 Gerald Wild   Liberal
16 March 1965 3 March 1971 Ross Hutchinson   Liberal
3 March 1971 8 April 1974 Colin Jamieson   Labor
8 April 1974 10 March 1977 Des O'Neil   Liberal
10 March 1977 25 August 1978 Ray O'Connor   Liberal
25 August 1978 5 March 1980 Graham MacKinnon   Liberal
5 March 1980 25 February 1983 Andrew Mensaros   Liberal
25 February 1983 25 February 1986 Ken McIver   Labor
25 February 1986 16 March 1987 Des Dans   Labor
16 March 1987 25 February 1988 Peter Dowding   Labor
25 February 1988 28 February 1989 Gavan Troy   Labor
28 February 1989 19 February 1990 Yvonne Henderson   Labor
19 February 1990 5 February 1991 Pam Buchanan   Labor
5 February 1991 16 February 1993 Pam Buchanan   Labor
16 February 1993 10 February 1995 Graham Kierath   Liberal
10 February 1995 9 January 1997 Kevin Minson   Liberal
9 January 1997 22 December 1999 Mike Board   Liberal
22 December 1999 16 February 2001 Rob Johnson   Liberal
16 February 2001 1 July 2001 Tom Stephens   Labor

List of labour ministersEdit

Titles
  • 10 August 1904 – 25 August 1905: Minister for Labour
  • 25 August 1905 – 16 September 1910: Minister for Commerce and Labour
  • 16 April 1924 – 8 April 1974: Minister for Labour
  • 8 April 1974 – 25 February 1983: Minister for Labour and Industry
  • 25 February 1983 – 16 March 1987: Minister for Industrial Relations
  • 16 March 1987 – 19 February 1990: Minister for Labour
  • 19 February 1990 – 16 February 1993: Minister for Productivity and Labour Relations
  • 16 February 1993 – 1 July 2001: Minister for Labour Relations

Term start Term end Minister(s) Party
10 August 1904 7 June 1905 John Holman   Labor
7 June 1905 25 August 1905 Robert Hastie   Labor
25 August 1905 7 May 1906 John Hicks   Ministerial
7 May 1906 16 September 1910 James Connolly   Ministerial
1910–1924: no separate minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
16 April 1924 23 April 1930 Alick McCallum   Labor
24 April 1930 24 April 1933 John Lindsay   Country
24 April 1933 16 March 1935 Alick McCallum (again)   Labor
16 March 1935 13 May 1936 James Kenneally   Labor
15 July 1936 9 December 1943 Albert Hawke   Labor
1943–1945: no separate minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
3 August 1945 1 April 1947 Alexander Panton   Labor
1 April 1947 23 February 1953 Lindsay Thorn   Country
23 February 1953 2 April 1959 Bill Hegney   Labor
2 April 1959 7 November 1961 Charles Perkins   Country
16 November 1961 11 April 1962 Stewart Bovell   Liberal
12 April 1962 16 March 1965 Gerald Wild   Liberal
16 March 1965 3 March 1971 Des O'Neil   Liberal
3 March 1971 30 May 1973 Don Taylor   Labor
30 May 1973 8 April 1974 John Harman   Labor
8 April 1974 21 July 1978 Bill Grayden   Liberal
7 August 1978 25 January 1982 Ray O'Connor   Liberal
25 January 1982 25 February 1983 Gordon Masters   Liberal
25 February 1983 20 December 1984 Des Dans   Labor
20 December 1984 25 February 1988 Peter Dowding   Labor
25 February 1988 5 February 1991 Gavan Troy   Labor
5 February 1991 16 February 1993 Yvonne Henderson   Labor
16 February 1993 28 July 1998 Graham Kierath   Liberal
28 July 1998 16 February 2001 Cheryl Edwardes   Liberal
16 February 2001 1 July 2001 John Kobelke   Labor

List of consumer affairs ministersEdit

Titles
  • 7 October 1949 – 13 May 1954: Minister for Prices
  • 3 March 1971 – 8 April 1974: Minister for Prices Control and Minister for Consumer Protection (two titles)
  • 8 April 1974 – 3 November 1993: Minister for Consumer Affairs
  • 3 November 1993 – 16 February 2001: Minister for Fair Trading
  • 16 February 2001 – 1 July 2001: Minister for Consumer Affairs
  • 1 July 2001 – 3 February 2006: Minister for Consumer and Employment Protection
  • 3 February 2006 – 23 September 2008: Minister for Consumer Protection

Term start Term end Minister(s) Party
7 October 1949 6 April 1950 Arthur Abbott   Liberal
1950–1953: no separate minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
23 February 1953 13 May 1954 Bill Hegney   Labor
1954–1971: no separate minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
3 March 1971 12 October 1971 Ron Davies   Labor
12 October 1971 30 May 1973 Don Taylor   Labor
30 May 1973 8 April 1974 John Harman   Labor
8 April 1974 21 July 1978 Bill Grayden   Liberal
7 August 1978 25 January 1982 Ray O'Connor   Liberal
25 August 1978 5 March 1980 Graham MacKinnon   Liberal
25 January 1982 14 May 1982 Ray Young   Liberal
14 May 1982 25 February 1983 Richard Shalders   Liberal
25 February 1983 23 December 1983 Arthur Tonkin   Labor
23 December 1983 25 February 1986 Peter Dowding   Labor
25 February 1986 16 March 1987 Keith Wilson   Labor
16 March 1987 25 February 1988 Ian Taylor   Labor
25 February 1988 28 February 1989 Graham Edwards   Labor
28 February 1989 16 February 1993 Yvonne Henderson   Labor
16 February 1993 21 December 1995 Peter Foss   Liberal
21 December 1995 9 January 1997 Cheryl Edwardes   Liberal
9 January 1997 16 February 2001 Doug Shave   Liberal
16 February 2001 3 February 2006 John Kobelke   Labor
3 February 2006 13 December 2006 Michelle Roberts   Labor
13 December 2006 23 September 2008 Sheila McHale   Labor

See alsoEdit

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