Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Ronald Thomas Leeson
Birth
Date 26 February 1939 Place Laverton District Hospital, Western Australia
Parents
Son of George Thomas Leeson, miner, and Amelia May Lawer
Marriage and Family
Married 30 March 1960, Wesley Church, Kalgoorlie to Celestine May Russell, daughter of Herbert Alexander Russell and Gladys May Gaby
Children: one son and two daughters
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated Boulder Central School, Eastern Goldfields High School and Kalgoorlie School of Mines
Served apprenticeship as fitter and turner with EG Currie in Boulder, then with Kalgoorlie Town Council 1958–1960
Occupation
Fitter and turner
Employment History
National Service Training 1958–1959
Employed by Town of Kalgoorlie 1960–1971
House
MLC
Party
Labor
Joined Australian Labor Party 1955, Kalgoorlie branch
Date Elected
22 May 1971
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1983
Electorate
South-East
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC South-East Province 22 May 1971–21 May 1983
  • Contested South Province 19 February 1983

Committees
  • Member Joint House Committee 1974–1977, 1978–1983
  • Member Printing Committee 1971–1974
  • Member Select Committee on National Parks 1980–1981
  • Member Select Committee on Cultural and Recreational Facilities 21 April–16 November 1982
  • Member Committee Parliament Former Members’ Association from 1985, president for several years from 1999
Background/Membership
Secretary Amalgamated Engineering Union 1967–1972
Member Committee WA Greyhound Racing Board 1983–1989 (deputy chairman from 1986)
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 149.
West Australian, 22 February 1971.
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