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Colin Barnett (Liberal)

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Colin BarnettSeptember 6 2008 to March 11 2017

Political Career

Colin Barnett was elected as Western Australia's 29th Premier of Western Australia on 6 September 2008. Following the election victory, he formed a Liberal-National Government with the support of three Independent Members of Parliament.

Becoming Premier is the culmination of a long parliamentary career: Mr Barnett was first elected as the Liberal Member for Cottesloe in 1990, he was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in 1992, and a senior Minister in the Court Government (1993 - 2001) holding the portfolios of Resources Development, Energy, Education, Tourism and Leader of the House. He was Leader of the Opposition from 2001 - 2005.

Along with the role of Premier, Mr Barnett also holds the portfolio of State Development.

Personal Background

Colin James Barnett was born in Nedlands on 15 July, 1950. He was educated at Nedlands Primary School and Hollywood Senior High School. Despite initially showing an interest in geology, Mr Barnett swapped to economics, a subject that suited him well and earned him Honours and Masters Degrees from the University of Western Australia.

He began his working career in Canberra after winning a cadetship with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and later returned to WA as a lecturer in economics at Curtin University. This was followed by a stint as a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

In his early 30s, Mr Barnett was appointed as an economist at the Confederation of Western Australian Industry - which would later become the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA).

From 1985 to 1990, Mr Barnett was Executive Director of the CCIWA, assisting with the growth and development of Western Australian businesses, both domestically and internationally.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.