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Members’ biographical register

Mr David Lawrence Smith

Principal Honours
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) awarded 11 June 2018 for service to the people and Parliament of Western Australia, to local government, and to the community of Bunbury
Date: 12 October 1943
Place: Bunbury, Western Australia
Son of Bertram John Smith, clerk, and Evelyn Joyce Whittle
Marriage and Family
Married 8 September 1971, Crawley to Tresslyn Maxine Delores De Marte, daughter of Guiseppe Rocio De Marte and Maria Frisina
Children: two sons and one daughter
St Mary’s Convent, Bunbury; Marist College, Bunbury and St Ildephonsus College, New Norcia
University of Western Australia (St Thomas More College)
Employment History
Barrister and solicitor
Articled clerk with Heenan and Company 1965–1966 and Tom Hartrey and Company 1966–1967
With Slee, Anderson and Pidgeon 1967–1983, partner from 1970, senior partner from 1976
After leaving politics continued practising law in Bunbury
Local Government Service
Bunbury City Council May 1979–May 1983; and from 7 May 2001
Mayor of Bunbury from May 2005
Joined Australian Labor party 1967
Secretary University branch, Boulder branch and Bunbury branch, also president of latter
President Forrest Electorate Council
Date Elected
19 February 1983
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
No inaugural video is available as filming did not start until May 2003
Search for speeches by David Smith
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Mitchell 19 February 1983–14 December 1996
  • Contested Bunbury 19 February 1977
  • Minister for Community Services, Justice and South-West 28 February 1989–5 February 1991
  • Minister for Lands, Planning, Justice, Local Government, and South West 5 February 1991–16 February 1993
  • Shadow Attorney General, and Shadow Minister for Corrective Services (until 7 February 1994), Justice and South West 17 February 1993–22 September 1994.

  • Deputy Chairman of Committees 1985–1986
  • Member Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (from 1986 PAERC) 1983–89; Chairman 11 June 1986–89
  • Member Joint House Committee 22 June 1993–November 1996
  • Chairman Select Committee on the Small Claims Tribunal 27 November 1984–14 November 1985
  • Chairman Select Committee on the Sale of the Midland Abattoir Land 2 July–28 November 1986
  • Member Select Committee on the Nature, Location and Extent of Hardship in the WA Rural Sector 7 December 1983–11 October 1984
  • Member Select Committee on the Adoption of Children Act Amendment Bill 7 December 1983–11 October 1984
  • Member Select Committee on Child Migration 2 July 1996–13 November 1996.
  • Member Select Committee of Privilege December 1988
Member Law Society from 1967, country representative on Executive Council 1980–1981
Director Bunbury Citizens’ Advice Bureau
Member Board of St John of God Hospital, Bunbury and Ocean Star Hostel
Member Board Catholic Diocesan Development Fund
Honorary solicitor to number of community groups
Life member Marist Hockey Club, member South Bunbury and Carey Park Football Clubs
State junior athletic champion
Member South West and Commercial Clubs
Bachelor of Laws (LL B), admitted to Bar 1967
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. 237-238.
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia website: Accessed 11 June 2018.
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