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The Western Australian Parliament

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The first bicameral Parliament of Western Australia.
The first bicameral Parliament of Western Australia.
Members of the first Legislative Assembly, elected 1890.

 

The first elections under the new Constitution were held in November and December 1890.  John Forrest formed a Cabinet and became the first Premier.  Stephen Henry Parker, who had campaigned for self-government, was Leader of the Opposition.

Many former members of the old Legislative Council were elected to the new Parliament unopposed.

By 1895, further reform had led to a fully elected Legislative Council.

"I had no opposition.  I was supported by every elector in my constituency.  Every member who sits on the joint ministerial bench can say the same thing.  They were all elected without opposition!"

Sir John Forrest, 1895.

Government expansion
​Government Expansion, 1895
By 1895 the Government buildings on St Georges Terrace had been increased in size to accommodate a growing public service.
The WA Cabinet
​The Western Australian Cabinet
The Forrest Ministry at the turn of the Century
Plans of early Legislative Assembly building in Hay St
​Plans of the early Legislative Assembly Building in Hay Street.
The Chamber had been used by the Legislative Council from 1870-1890