Constitution Act 1889:|
The Constitution Act 1889 set up a system of parliamentary self-government in the colony. It is the founding document of the Parliament of Western Australia.
Courtesy State Records Office
Proclamation Day marked the occasion when the new Constitution was publicly announced, granting the colony of Western Australia responsible government. It marked the transition of Western Australia from a colony under British rule to self-government.
It was the first key step towards democracy in WA and meant that:
The Western Australian Constitution set up the basic components of the State’s system of government including:
the Judicial system,
and established a relationship between the Governor, Premier, Cabinet and the new Parliament.
The new Constitution established our Parliament with two Houses:
This resulted in greater representation of the people in the process of government. The power to govern was substantially transferred from the Governor to the elected members.
What is a constitution?
A constitution is a set of rules defining a system of government. It describes the institutional structure, the conditions under which power is held and exercised, and the procedures through which the rules themselves may be changed.
The first Parliament of Western Australia:|
Members of the first Legislative Assembly elected in 1890.
Courtesy Battye Library 3976B