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.
I am keen to improve the physical, educational and symbolic links between the Parliament and the City of Perth and the people of Western Australia. The Speaker and I have had discussions with the Government, Perth City Council, the State Architect, and other stakeholders with a view to improve the way the Western Australian Parliament interacts with the Western Australian 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. You can read about some of the events I have attended and delegations I have hosted in the following postings, which I will be adding to as the Parliamentary term unfolds.
Kind regards, Hon. Barry House, President of the Legislative Council