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State Government of Western Australia beginning 16 February 1993 - period in office of Premier Court, Richard Fairfax ending on 16 February 2001



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

Premier
Court, Richard Fairfax
Date of beginning of period in office
16 February 1993
Date of end of period in office
16 February 2001 
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
2,922 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Liberal Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
National Party
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Coalition
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

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

Total number of ministers
17
Number from party of premier
13
Number from coalition party 1
4
Number from coalition party 2
0
Number from upper house
5
Number who are women
1

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 10 February 2001Richard Fairfax CourtLiberal PartyGeoffrey Ian GallopAustralian Labor Party
WA 14 December 1996Richard Fairfax CourtLiberal PartyRichard Fairfax CourtLiberal Party
WA 6 February 1993Carmen Mary LawrenceAustralian Labor PartyRichard Fairfax CourtLiberal Party

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Notes

Loss of general election (Lawrence): Beginning of Richard Court's period in office: The Lawrence Australian Labor Party government was defeated at the general election for the Legislative Assembly on 6 February 1993; Lawrence resigned as Premier on 16 February 1993, and Richard Court was commissioned as Premier of a Liberal Party and National Party coalition government; '... Liberal Ministers were chosen by Richard Court and National Party Ministers were elected by their caucus', Hughes, p.153 (see 'Sources', below).

Loss of general election (Court): The Richard Court Liberal Party and National Party coalition government was defeated at the general election for the Legislative Assembly on 10 February 2001. Richard Court resigned as Premier on 16 February 2001.

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.

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2002); Government of Western Australia, Western Australian Government Gazette, Perth, Friday, 16 February 2001 No. 35 Special; online at:
http://www.slp.wa.gov.au/gazette/gazette.nsf/searchgazette/167B175A7A1547BE482569F5002582C6/$file/gg035.pdf

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