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Part 4 - The Governor

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This is an unofficial consolidation

49. Office of Governor

(1) The Queen’s representative in Western Australia is the Governor who shall hold office during Her Majesty’s pleasure.

(2) Abolition of or alteration in the office of Governor shall not be effected by an Act of the Parliament except in accordance with section 7(2).

(3) In this Act and in every other Act a reference to the Governor shall be taken –

(a) to be a reference to the person appointed for the time being by the Queen by Commission under Her Majesty’s Royal Sign Manual to the office of Governor of the State of Western Australia; and

(b) to include any other person appointed by dormant or other Commission under the Royal Sign Manual to administer the Government of the State of Western Australia; and

(c) to also include any other person exercising, by virtue of an appointment by the Governor in accordance with Letters Patent, any powers and authorities of the Governor.

[CA section 50.]

50. Instructions to Governor

In section 49 the expression “Royal Sign Manual” means the signature or royal hand of the Sovereign.

[CA section 51.]

51. Appointment to offices under the Government of the State to be vested in the Governor

The appointment to all public offices under the Government of the State hereafter to become vacant or to be created, whether such offices be salaried or not, shall be vested in the Governor in Council, with the exception of the appointments of officers liable to retire from office on political grounds, which appointments shall be vested in the Governor alone. Provided always, that this enactment shall not extend to minor appointments which by Act of the Legislature or by order of the Governor in Council may be vested in heads of departments or other officers or persons within the State.

[CA section 74.]

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.