Welcome to the Legislative Council of Western Australia, the Upper House of Parliament. As President, I am the Presiding Officer and spokesperson for the Legislative Council. Together with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, I am responsible for the overall management of the Parliament.
The Legislative Council, as Western Australia’s House of Review, has a proud history of representing the interests of its citizens, and it is important that its independence is preserved and strengthened where necessary. It is an essential and important part of our parliamentary democracy.
As the first female President of the Legislative Council, and my own experience as a working mother, I am very keen to make sure that we look at ways to make Parliament much more family friendly. I am also very keen, given my passion for technology, to investigate ways in which we can incorporate technology into the Council in a range of areas, to not only make us more productive, but also open up opportunities for better engagement with the community.
Among my roles as President of the Legislative Council, I act as an ambassador for the House and WA Parliament. This involves meeting and hosting representatives from other governments, organizations and countries. Through such work, the Legislative Council has, over the years, developed good relationships with many other parliaments. It is my desire to improve public knowledge of and access to the Legislative Council. Engaging the public with the wide-ranging work of the Legislative Council is very important and hopefully, through this webpage, we can reach and engage all Western Australians.
An equally important aspect of my work is improving public understanding of the work of the Council. The Council receives over 15,000 visitors each year, while many more people find out about our work through this website. I encourage you to visit the Council and explore this website to learn more about what we do.
Kind regards, Hon. Kate Doust MLC President of the Legislative Council