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Mr Christopher (Chris) John Tallentire MLA

BAgribus (Hons)

Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook

TALLENTIRE, Christopher (Chris) John, MLA
Member for Thornlie
Australian Labor Party


Elected to the Thirty-Eighth Parliament for Gosnells (new seat) on 6 September 2008.
Re-elected 2013. Electorate abolished in the 2015 redistribution of seats.
Elected to the Fortieth Parliament for Thornlie (new seat) on 11 March 2017.
Re-elected 2021.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science from 17 March 2017 to 20 December 2019.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth from 20 December 2019 to 19 March 2021.

Shadow Ministerial Appointments

Shadow Minister for Environment; Climate Change; Lands from 9 April 2013 to 26 June 2015.
Shadow Minister for Environment; Climate Change from 26 June 2015 to 11 March 2017.

Standing Committees

Member, Public Accounts Committee from 13 November 2008 to 30 January 2013.
Member, Education and Health Standing Committee from 12 May 2021 (Chair from 26 May 2021).

Select Committees

Member, Joint Select Committee on Palliative Care in Western Australia from 28 May 2020 to 19 November 2020 (Chair from 28 May 2020).

Parliamentary Party Appointments

Vice President, State Parliamentary Labor Party from 25 November 2008 to 29 April 2021.
President, State Parliamentary Labor Party from 29 April 2021.



Born 11 October 1963, Middlesborough, England.
Arrived in Western Australia January 1969; left to Europe 1983 - 1994; returned to Western Australia 1994.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Parliament

BAgribus (Hons).
Environmental Consultant.


The electorate of Thornlie is located in the East Metropolitan Region and includes all or parts of the City of Gosnells.

Comprising of all or parts of the localities of Gosnells, Kenwick, Maddington, Martin and Thornlie.

Enrolment - 29,687 (11 February 2021)

Area - 28 km

Further Biographical Details for Mr Christopher (Chris) John Tallentire