ID 0228

State Government of Western Australia beginning 15 April 1924 - period in office of Premier Collier, Philip ending on 23 April 1930

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

Collier, Philip
Date of beginning of period in office
15 April 1924
Date of end of period in office
23 April 1930 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
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 15 February 1936Philip CollierAustralian Labor PartyPhilip CollierAustralian Labor Party
WA 8 April 1933James MitchellNationalist PartyPhilip CollierAustralian Labor Party
WA 12 April 1930Philip CollierAustralian Labor PartyJames MitchellNationalist Party
WA 26 March 1927Philip CollierAustralian Labor PartyPhilip CollierAustralian Labor Party
WA 22 March 1924James MitchellNationalist Coalition (see notes)Philip CollierAustralian Labor Party

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Loss of general election (Mitchell): Beginning of Collier's first period in office: 'Following the March-April 1924 election Labor held a majority of seats. Mitchell resigned and Collier was commissioned', Hughes and Graham, p. 231 (see 'Source', below). Collier became the Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Loss of general election (Collier): 'Following the election on 12 April Collier remained in office while the Nationalist and Country parties agreed on their cabinet representation. ... On 22 Mitchell was re-elected leader at a Nationalist party meeting and on 23 April Collier resigned and Mitchell was commissioned', Hughes and Graham, p. 232 (see 'Sources', below).

References: On Collier's first period in office, see David Black, 'The Collier Government 1924-1930', University Studies in Western Australian History, [University of Western Australia], 3 (3), October 1959: 58-70. For a study of the style of parliamentary politics at the time, see David Black, 'Factionalism and Stability, 1911-1947', in David Black (editor), The House on the Hill: A History of the Parliament of Western Australia 1832-1990, pp 97-151, (Perth: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Parliament of Western Australia, 1991, ISBN 0730939839).

Summary information on Western Australian premiers from 1890 to 1982 and a short essay, 'The Premiers -- An Introductory Comment', can be found in Reid and Oliver (see 'Sources', below).

For a survey of Collier's career, see David Black, 'Collier, Philip (1873 - 1948)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, pp 70-72, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), on line at:


Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); John Mandy and David Black (editors),The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook Centenary Edition, (Perth: Parliamentary History Project, Parliament of Western Australia, 1990, ISBN 0731697847); G S Reid and M R Oliver, The Premiers of Western Australia 1890-1982, (Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 1982, ISBN 0855642149).