Current Parliamentary Office Holders

Parliamentary office holders are those non-permanent officials (such as the Clerks) who are members of the House in which they serve.

Legislative Council

The President of the Legislative Council is elected by the members of the Council. The President’s function is to regulate debate and to ensure that the proceedings are carried out in accordance with the standing orders of the House and with established Parliamentary custom. The President is also known, along with the Speaker, as a Presiding Officer.

The Deputy President and Chair of Committees is elected by the members of the Council and carries out the functions of the President in the absence of the President.

The Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council is the leader of the Government party in the Council.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council is the leader of the Opposition party in the Council.

The Government and Opposition Whips are managers of party members in the House, who are responsible for organising members to take part in the debates and votes.

Legislative Assembly

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly is elected by the members of the Assembly. The Speaker’s function is to regulate debate and to ensure that the proceedings are carried out in accordance with the standing orders of the House and with established Parliamentary custom. The Speaker is also known, along with the President, as a Presiding Officer.

The Deputy Speaker is elected by the members of the Legislative Assembly and carries out the functions of the Speaker in the absence of the Speaker.

The Leader of the House is the Government member who arranges and manages Government business in the Assembly.

The Leader of the Opposition is the leader of the party which is the next largest after the Government party in the Assembly and made up of members who do not support the Government.

The Government and Opposition Whips are managers of party members in the House, who are responsible for organising members to take part in the debates and votes.


Hide details for Legislative CouncilLegislative Council
Hon. Barry John House MLC

President of the Legislative Council
Hon. Adele Farina MLC

Chair of Committees
Hon. Stephen Noel Dawson MLC

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Hon. Michael Mischin MLC

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Hon. Martin Brian Pritchard MLC

Government Whip in the Legislative Council
Hon. Suzanne (Sue) Mary Ellery MLC

Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Hon. Peter Charles Collier MLC

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Hon. Alyssa Kathleen Hayden MLC

Opposition Whip in the Legislative Council
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Hon. Dr Michael (Mike) Dennis Nahan MLA

Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Liza Mary Harvey MLA

Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Hon. David Alan Templeman MLA

Leader of the House
Mr Sean Kimberley L'Estrange MLA

Manager of Opposition Business
Mr David Robert Michael MLA

Government Whip
Ms Elizabeth (Libby) Mettam MLA

Opposition Whip
Hon. Mia Jane Davies MLA

Leader of the National Party of Australia (WA)