ID 0243

State Government of Western Australia beginning 16 February 2001 - period in office of Premier Gallop, Geoffrey Ian ending on 3 February 2006

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

Gallop, Geoffrey Ian
Date of beginning of period in office
16 February 2001
Date of end of period in office
3 February 2006 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
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 26 February 2005Geoffrey Ian GallopAustralian Labor PartyGeoffrey Ian GallopAustralian Labor Party
WA 10 February 2001Richard Fairfax CourtLiberal PartyGeoffrey Ian GallopAustralian Labor Party

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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:$file/gg035.pdf