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Richard Fairfax Court (Liberal)

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Richard CourtFebruary 6 1993 - February 10 2001

Richard Court is the son of former Liberal Premier, Sir Charles Court.

He was educated at Hale School and graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1968 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He furthered his studies in the United States where he undertook management training in the automotive industry.

When he returned from the US, he established and operated a number of small business before founding Court Marine Pty Ltd, a company that manufactured and sold boats and boating equipment.

The son followed his father into politics on Sir Charles' retirement when he was elected to the seat of Nedlands in 1982. He held a variety of shadow portfolios before becoming Premier in 1993 including Resources and Industrial Development, Mines and Aboriginal Affairs.

Richard Court led the Coalition (between the Liberal and National parties) to victory in 1993. His government, he said, "introduced measures aimed at reducing debt, reforming the public sector and supporting economic growth".

One of Richard Court's great passions is boating and he has competed in a variety of yachting classes. He lists as other interests walking, rowing, reading and music.

His government lost to Labor in February 2001 when Dr Geoff Gallop became Premier.

He resigned from the seat of Nedlands, which he held for 19 years and his father 29 years before that, two months later.


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