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State Government of Western Australia beginning 3 February 2006 - period in office of Premier Carpenter, Alan John ending on 23 September 2008

Period in office of premier (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Carpenter, Alan John
Date of beginning of period in office
3 February 2006
Date of end of period in office
23 September 2008 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of premier
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
WA 6 September 2008Alan John CarpenterAustralian Labor PartyColin James BarnettLiberal Party

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Change of party leader: (Gallop) Beginning of Carpenter's period in office: Premier Gallop announced his resignation and immediate departure from Parliament on 16 January 2006. 'Premier Geoff Gallop's admission that he was suffering from clinical depression was received with surprise and a measure of sadness', Harry H C Phillips and Liz Kerr, 'Western Australia', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicle, 52(4) December 2006: 661-666, at 662. Premier Gallop's resignation was effective from 3 February 2006 and, with the unanimous support of the Labor caucus, Carpenter became Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Loss of general election: At the general election for the Legislative Assembly held on 6 September 2008, no party won a majority of seats. After negotiations between the Liberal Party, the National Party and the three Independents, Barnett was able to form a coalition minority government. Premier Carpenter resigned as Premier with effect from 23 September 2008.

References: The Australian Journal of Politics and History has provided brief surveys of Western Australian politics since 1956 in the 'Political Chronicle' section of the journal in issues of each annual volume. This publication can be viewed online through Wiley-Blackwell Journals at subscribing libraries.


Government of Western Australia, Western Australian Government Gazette, Perth, Friday, 3 February 2006 No. 28 Special; online at:$file/gg028.pdf

Government of Western Australia, Western Australian Government Gazette, Perth, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 No. 163 Special; online at:$file/gg163.pdf