Our history

The Western Australian Division of the Liberal Party formally began on 12th January 1945, soon after the famous Albury Conference had united a large number of fragmented anti-socialist political forces to form the Liberal Party of Australia.

In State Parliament the predecessor of the Liberals, the Nationalists, had been in Opposition since 1933 and held fewer seats than the Country Party (today's Nationals), however the new Liberal Party attracted growing support and enthusiasm. In October 1945 a country storekeeper and WWII veteran David Brand captured the country seat of Greenough in a by-election. He was the first Liberal in Australia to win a seat from the ALP.

The new Liberal Party had a striking State election win in 1947, defeating Labor after 14 years and becoming the majority party in a Liberal-Country Coalition Government. Led by Pinjarra farmer Ross McLarty, this government over the next six years laid the foundations of the State's industrial development, dismantled anti-business wartime restrictions, and established independent electoral redistributions.

Women played a major role in the Liberal organisation. The victorious Liberal Senate team at the 1949 Federal election was led by Agnes Robertson while Florence Cardell-Oliver became Australia's first female Cabinet Minister in the McLarty Government. In Opposition after 1953, the Liberal Party in 1957 elected David Brand as Leader and Charles Court as his deputy. From 1959 to 1971 Sir David Brand led a dynamic Coalition government with Charles Court as Minister for Industrial Development. Western Australia became a world leader in resource development, the Ord River irrigation scheme took shape, and the infrastructure for a modern society in Perth and in remote regions was created. Aboriginal people gained the right to vote, the restricted property-based franchise for the Legislative Council ended, and 18-21 year olds were first able to vote.

After David Brand's retirement in 1972 Sir Charles Court led the Liberal Party back into Coalition Government in 1974. WA State and Federal elections 1975-80 showed very strong Liberal support, as the Court Government established the North West Shelf natural gas industry, founded Murdoch University, and built our Art Gallery. After Sir Charles retired in 1982 his experienced successor Ray O'Connor was defeated in the strong Labor tide of 1983.

In Opposition, successive Liberal leaders Bill Hassell, Barry MacKinnon and Richard Court worked hard to expose the pattern of reckless ALP government/business deals known as WA Inc. In 1993 and 1996 Richard Court won landslide elections with Colin Barnett as his deputy. For 8 years he led a successful government that restored the State's financial reputation, opened the LNG market to China, planned the Perth-Mandurah rail link, and built infrastructure including 4 new hospitals, 47 new schools, and the Graham Farmer Freeway.

After election defeat in 2001, Colin Barnett was a strong Opposition Leader who ensured that the Liberal Party held its ground at the 2005 election, after which he stood down. Following a period of instability, he was invited to resume the leadership and was immediately faced with an early election. Despite a radical redistribution of boundaries, the Liberal Party won a record 10 seats from the ALP and formed Government with the National Party and Independent members.

Years of indecision, delays and lack of forward planning by the former ALP Government meant the newly elected Liberal-led Government were left with the responsibility of building and investing in infrastructure for two governments. As a result, the Liberals undertook one of Western Australia most significant capital works programs, modernising and delivering new infrastructure. The Liberals also made significant expansions to public services to cater for a booming population.

Since being elected in 2008, the Liberal-led Government have rebuilt our public health system and regenerated our schools.

  • Increased our Health budget by a record 71%
  • Invested $7 billion to create a world-class public hospital and health system
  • Increased funding for public schools by a record 69%
  • Opened 28 new primary schools, 9 new secondary schools, 13 replacement schools with 16 more public primary schools and 5 secondary schools in the pipeline

Parliamentary leaders of the WA Liberal Party

Sir Ross McDonald 1945 - 46  
Sir Ross McLarty 1946 - 57 Premier 1947 - 53
Sir David Brand 1957 - 72 Premier 1959 - 71
Sir Charles Court 1972 - 82 Premier 1974 - 82
Ray O'Connor 1982 - 84 Premier 1982 - 83
Bill Hassell 1984 - 86  
Barry MacKinnon 1986 - 92  
Richard Court 1992 - 2001 Premier 1993 - 2001
Colin Barnett 2001 - 05  
Matt Birney 2005 - 06  
Paul Omodei 2006 - 08  
Troy Buswell 2008  
Colin Barnett 2008 -  Premier 2008 -

Presidents of the WA Liberal Party

1945-47 Jim Paton 1979-83  Ian Warner
1947-49 Frank Downing QC 1983-86 Barrie Payne
1949-50 Les Barrett-Lennard  1986-89  Keith Simpson
1950-54 Bill Gillespie 1989-91 Hon Peter Jones
1954-55 Fred Johnson 1991-92 Hon Ian Viner
1955-57 Roger Goode 1992-94 Bill Hassell
 1957-61 Fred Johnston 1994-97 Dr David Honey
1961-65 Reg Withers 1997-2001 David Johnston
1965-68 Vic Halbert 2001-03 Kim Keogh
1968-71 Peter Durack 2003-08 Danielle Blain
1971-75 Jim Samson 2008-11 Barry Court
1975-79 Noel Crichton-Browne 2011-14 Geoff Prosser
    2014 -  Hon Norman Moore

                                       

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Meet Colin

Colin Barnett

Since being sworn in as Western Australia's 29th Premier on 23rd September 2008, following the 6th S...

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Liza Harvey

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Brian Ellis

Brian was elected to Parliament part-term on 16 July 2007 to fill a vacancy created by the resignati...

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Glenys Godfrey

In March 2013, Glenys was elected as the State Member for Belmont. Prior to this, she was on the Bel...

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Heather Reid

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Ian Blayney

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John Castrilli

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Julian Jacobs

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Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor MP is the Liberal Party candidate for the newly created seat of Bicton at the March 2017...

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Peter Abetz

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Peter Collier

Peter Collier was elected to the 37th Parliament for the North Metropolitan Region on February 26, 2...

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Robyn McSweeney

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Tony Krsticevic

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Linda Aitken

Linda Aitken is a wife, mother, grandmother, City of Wanneroo Councillor (for North Ward) and regist...

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Frank Alban

Frank grew up in the South West town of Pemberton after immigrating to Western Australia from Northe...

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Mark Alchin

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Rebecca Aubrey

Rebecca Aubrey is proud to have grown up and worked in Willagee for many years.A 29 year old profess...

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Ken Baston

The Mining and Pastoral Region is an area of 2,280,730 square kilometers and includes the Legislativ...

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Wendy Baumann

Wendy Baumann was born in New Zealand, and moved to Melbourne in 1986. She then moved to Perth in 19...

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Liz Behjat

The Hon Liz Behjat MLC was born in England and arrived in Western Australia in 1966 with her parents...

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Sandra Brewer

Sandra Brewer grew up on a dairy farm in Dardanup, with her family roots going back to the town’s fo...

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Ian Britza

Local Member Ian Britza MLA is a vital member of Colin Barnett’s team. He’s a forthright Member who ...

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Lily Chen

Ms Lily Chen graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and wa...

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Jim Chown

Hon Jim Chown MLC represents the Agricultural Region in the Western Australian Parliament. Having fi...

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Rob Coales

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Joanna Collins

Joanna Collins has lived and worked in the East Metropolitan Region for the majority of her life. Jo...

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Murray Cowper

Murray Cowper was elected to the Western Australian Parliament in the seat of Murray on February 26,...

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Bill Crabtree

Bill Crabtree was born in Pemberton, raised on a south coast farm, studied at Jerramungup and Melvil...

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John Day

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Wade De Campo

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Phil Edman

The Hon Phil Edman MLC was born in Tamworth, New South Wales, in 1970 and arrived in Western Austral...

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Eleni Evangel

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Donna Faragher

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Lorraine Finlay

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Joe Francis

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Malcolm George

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Raymond Gianoli

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Nick Goiran

Hon Nick Goiran MLC was elected to the 38th Parliament of Western Australian as the Member for the S...

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Warren Greatorex

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Kim Hames

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Elysia Harverson

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Chris Hatton

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Alyssa Hayden

Hon Alyssa Hayden MLC was elected to the Western Australian Government as a Member for the East Metr...

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Rod Henderson

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Michelle Hofmann

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Albert Jacob

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Graham Jacobs

Growing up from a rural background, Graham attended school in Esperance and then graduating from The...

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Jesse Jacobs

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Wendy Jeffery

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Peter Katsambanis

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Zak Kirkup

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Dame Krcoski

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Sean L'Estrange

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Mark Lewis

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Amanda Madden

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Bill Marmion

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Steve Martin

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Alan McFarland

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John McGrath

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Douglas McLarty

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Libby Mettam

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Paul Miles

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Michael Mischin

Born in Subiaco, Western Australia, on 29 December 1958, before entering Parliament, Michael was a S...

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Andrea Mitchell

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Ian Morison

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Helen Morton

Helen is currently serving her third term as an Upper House Member for the East Metropolitan Region....

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Nathan Morton

Nathan was elected to the Parliament on the 9th of March 2013. Nathan and his wife Amanda have two y...

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Luke Muscedere

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Mike Nahan

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Dean Nalder

Dean is proud to have represented the local community of Alfred Cove since his election to State Par...

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Jan Norberger

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Tony Norment

Tony Norment is an educator and lecturer and has contributed to inspiring learners to pursue self-aw...

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Simon O'Brien

The Hon. Simon O'Brien, MLC for the South Metropolitan region, was first elected to Parliament in 19...

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Kyran O'Donnell

Kyran O’Donnell has lived in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for over thirty years and along with his wife, Pam, ...

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Daniel Parasiliti

Daniel Parasiliti is a husband, father and local small business operator. Working as an independent ...

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Barry Pound

Barry Pound is a Licensed Conveyancer and Licensed real estate agent who possesses strong leadership...

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Daryl Pranata

Daryl is a husband and father of two young children whose association with the southern suburbs goes...

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Lavin Raja-Yogam

Lavin Raja-Yogam is a 31 Year old Management Consultant who lives and works in Perth’s southern corr...

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Lynne Rowlands

Lynne is your local Liberal voice for families and small business in Mandurah. Coming from a family ...

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Jim Seth

Jim and his family are active members of the Bassendean and Morley communities, living There since 2...

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Hayden Shenton

Hayden was brought up in northern wheat-belt where he not only appreciated farming as a business and...

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Tjorn Sibma

Tjorn Sibma was born and raised in Carine and, having lived and worked in Perth’s northern suburbs f...

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Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson MLA is the current Member for Darling Range, which is one of the largest and most diver...

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Darren Slyns

Darren Slyns is a 43 year old, dedicated family man with a history of community service and success ...

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Greg Stocks

Greg Stocks is a long term resident of the Albany community. Coming from a working class background,...

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Michael Sutherland

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1954, Michael Sutherland was brought up in a loving and hardwo...

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Bianca Talbot

Bianca Talbot is a final year student studying a Bachelor of Laws with a Minor in Politics and Inter...

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Christopher Tan

Christopher Tan has lived and worked in the East Metropolitan Region for many years in the construct...

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Steve Thomas

Dr Steve Thomas has a twenty five year history in the South West of Western Australia, with seventee...

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Timothy Walton

Tim Walton has lived in the North Metropolitan Region for most of his life – born in Mount Lawley, r...

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Jason Wells

Jason Wells chose to make Kalgoorlie his home in 1999 when as a young graduate chiropractor he decid...

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Julee Westcott

Julee Westcott grew up in Carnarvon through the 1970’s when it was a thriving town with lots of shop...

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Chris Wilkins

Chris Wilkins lives in Badgingarra with his wife Anne & two children. He is an agronomist and farm c...

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Ross Woodhouse

Ross Woodhouse is a father, husband, dairy farmer, mentor, teacher, and a natural leader with a deep...

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Julie Bishop MP

Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She is...

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Ian Goodenough MP

Ian Goodenough was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2013, representing the electorate of Moor...

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Rick Wilson MP

My name is Rick Wilson and I am proud and honoured to be representing the electors of O’Connor in fe...

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Senator Chris Back

Chris Back is a Liberal Senator for Western Australia. Chris was first appointed to the Senate for W...

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Senator Michaelia Cash

Michaelia Cash was sworn in as the Minister for Women, Minister for Employment, and also the Ministe...

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Senator Mathias Cormann

Mathias Cormann is the Minister for Finance and the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. M...

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Andrew Hastie MP

Andrew is ready to serve the hard working people of Canning as their local representative. Andrew is...

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Steve Irons MP

Steve grew up in a large family. His foster father, David, was a local church minister and his foste...

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Michael Keenan MP

Michael Keenan was sworn in as Australia’s Justice Minister in the 44th Parliament following the Sep...

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Nola Marino MP

Nola was elected as the Federal Member for the seat of Forrest on November 24, 2007. During the firs...

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Ben Morton MP

Ben Morton is proud to call himself a local resident of Tangney, living in Applecross with his wife ...

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Christian Porter MP

On Monday 21 September 2015, Christian was sworn in as the Minister for Social Services by the Gover...

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Melissa Price MP

Melissa was born and bred in regional WA and understands the strength and diversity that comes from ...

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Senator Linda Reynolds

Linda Reynolds is a Senator for Western Australia. Linda was elected to the Senate for Western Austr...

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Senator Dean Smith

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Ken Wyatt MP

Ken is the eldest child of Don and Mona Wyatt (Abdullah) who raised ten children who have succeeded ...

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