Minister for Community Services (Western Australia)

Minister for Community Services is a position in the government of Western Australia, currently held by Simone McGurk of the Labor Party. The position was first created after the 1943 state election, for the government of John Willcock. It was abolished in 1947 and not recreated until 1971, but has existed in most governments since then. The minister is one of the ministers responsible for the state government's Department of Local Government and Communities.

Between 1986 and 2001 there was a separate minister titled either Minister for the Family or Minister for Family and Children's Services, whose responsibilities are now held by the Minister for Community Services.

List of community services ministersEdit

Titles
  • 9 December 1943 – 1 April 1947: Minister for Social Services
  • 3 March 1971 – 25 February 1983: Minister for Community Welfare
  • 25 February 1983 – 7 September 1992: Minister for Community Services
  • 7 September 1992 – 13 December 2006: Minister for Community Development
  • 13 December 2006 – 23 September 2008: Minister for Communities
  • 23 September 2008 – present: Minister for Community Services

Term start Term end Minister Party
9 December 1943 1 April 1947 John Tonkin   Labor
1947–1971: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
3 March 1971 7 February 1973 Bill Willesee   Labor
7 February 1973 8 April 1974 Ronald Thompson   Labor
8 April 1974 20 May 1975 Norm Baxter   National Country
20 May 1975 5 June 1975 Graham MacKinnon   Liberal
5 June 1975 10 March 1977 Norm Baxter (again)   National Country
10 March 1977 25 August 1978 Alan Ridge   Liberal
25 August 1978 5 March 1980 Ray Young   Liberal
5 March 1980 25 January 1982 Bill Hassell   Liberal
25 January 1982 14 May 1982 Ray Young (again)   Liberal
14 May 1982 25 February 1983 Richard Shalders   Liberal
25 February 1983 25 February 1986 Keith Wilson   Labor
25 February 1986 28 February 1989 Kay Hallahan   Labor
28 February 1989 5 February 1991 David Smith   Labor
5 February 1991 16 February 1993 Eric Ripper   Labor
16 February 1993 29 June 1995 Roger Nicholls   Liberal
1995–2001: no minister – responsibilities held by other ministers
16 February 2001 3 February 2006 Sheila McHale   Labor
3 February 2006 2 March 2007 David Templeman   Labor
2 March 2007 23 September 2008 Sue Ellery   Labor
23 September 2008 21 March 2013 Robyn McSweeney   Liberal
21 March 2013 20 September 2016 Tony Simpson   Liberal
22 September 2016 17 March 2017 Paul Miles   Liberal
17 March 2017 Simone McGurk   Labor

List of family ministersEdit

Titles
  • 25 February 1986 – 29 June 1995: Minister for the Family
  • 29 June 1995 – 16 February 2001: Minister for Family and Children's Services

Term start Term end Minister Party
25 February 1986 19 February 1990 Kay Hallahan   Labor
19 February 1990 7 September 1992 Carmen Lawrence   Labor
7 September 1992 16 February 1993 Eric Ripper   Labor
16 February 1993 21 December 1995 Roger Nicholls   Liberal
21 December 1995 9 January 1997 Cheryl Edwardes   Liberal
9 January 1997 22 December 1999 Rhonda Parker   Liberal
22 December 1999 16 February 2001 June van de Klashorst   Liberal

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