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Dr Geoff Gallop (Labor)

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Geoff GallopFebruary 10, 2001 - January 16, 2006

Dr Geoff Gallop was elected the 27th Premier of Western Australia.

Dr Gallop was born in Geraldton in 1951 and went to schools there before attending the University of Western Australia where he graduated with an economics degree in 1971. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 1972 and graduated in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in 1974. He was awarded his doctorate by Oxford University in 1983.

From 1981 to 1986, Dr Gallop was a lecturer in social and political theory at Murdoch University. He also served as a councillor with the City of Fremantle from 1983 to 1986.

In 1986, he contested and won the seat of Victoria Park for the ALP. He became a Minister in the Lawrence Labor Government in 1990 and held a range of portfolios including Education, Parliamentary and Electoral Reform, Fuel and Energy, and Minister assisting the Treasurer.

He was elected deputy leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party in 1994 and two years later its leader.

Dr Gallop has been a strong campaigner in the areas of health, education and crime prevention.

He also advocated improved accountability and political reform along the lines recommended by the independent Commission on Government. At Labor's State Conference in 1999, Dr Gallop won support for his policy of conserving the State's old growth forests, and at the Constitutional Convention in Canberra in 1998 he played a leading role in the push for a directly-elected President.

Dr Gallop is a keen historian and lists his sporting interests as "many and varied", including cricket, volleyball, table tennis, and he is vice patron of the Swan Districts Football Club.

At the State election in February 2001, Dr Gallop led the Labor Party to victory, winning a record 14 seats. He resigned his premiership on January 16, 2006, for health reasons.


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