Loss of general election (Court): Beginning of Gallop's period in office: 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, and Gallop was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.
Change of party leader: 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 on 3 February 2006.
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.
A survey of Gallop's political career can be found in Harry Phillips and David Black, 'Geoff Gallop: A New Generation', in John Wanna and Paul Williams (editors), Yes Premier: Labor Leadership in Australia's States and Territories, pp. 115-143, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2005, ISBN 0868408409), and David Hodgkinson, 'Geoff Gallop as Premier of Western Australia 2001–2006: Political and Constitutional Change and the Expansion of Horizons', The New Critic, Journal of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia, Issue 2, August 2006, online at:
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: