Graham Kierath Mla Bibliography

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The Hon. Graham Donald Kierath MLA became Minister for Labour Relations; Works; Services; Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs in the Court Ministry on 16 February 1993. He held other portfolios as the Ministry was reconstituted. In 1995, he became Minister for Labour Relations; Health. In 1996, he became Minister for Labour Relations; Housing; Land. In 1997, he became Minister for Labour Relations; Planning; Heritage.

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Graham Donald Kierath (born 21 July 1950) is an Australian former politician who served 11 years in the Parliament of Western Australia. He is best known for his five-year term as Western Australian Minister for Labour Relations.

Political career[edit]

Kierath was elected to the seat of Riverton in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly at the 1989 Western Australian election,[1] representing the Liberal Party.

After the election of Richard Court as Western Australian Premier in 1993, Kierath was appointed as Minister for Labour Relations. Soon after taking on the role, he initiated the first of what were to become three waves of industrial relations changes. The first wave involved legislation to allow employees to directly negotiate workplace contracts with employers. Those changes attracted fierce criticism from the labour and union movements, with stickers being produced reading "Kierath's a Wanker".[2][3]

In 1997 Kierath introduced anti-smoking regulations that banned smoking in all enclosed workplaces from mid-1998. While the regulations were criticised by the hotel industry, the Australian Medical Association recognised him with the "AMA President's Award".[4][5]

Post-parliamentary activities[edit]

Following his unexpected defeat at the 2001 election, after a 10.16% swing against him, Kierath remained closely involved with the WA Liberal Party and retained his political ambitions.[6] He unsuccessfully contested the preselection for his former seat at the 2005 state election, but was the Liberal Party candidate in the seat of Alfred Cove, where he was beaten by the sitting independentJanet Woollard. He failed to gain preselection for the electorate of Murdoch in 2008.[7] He became president of the party's Tangney division.[6]

In June 2012 it was revealed that Kierath had been banned from driving for 10 months following drink-driving offences, including one in which he was five times over the minimum blood alcohol limit and crashed into another car without stopping to leave his details.[6]


  1. ^"Hon. Graham Donald Kierath MLA". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  2. ^Pryer, Wendy (28 November 1996). "Wins, Losses In Workplace". The West Australian. 
  3. ^Egan, Colleen (19 January 2001). "Kierath - from villain to man of the moment". The Australian. 
  4. ^Price, Matt (23 July 1997). "Smoking ban sets benchmark for States". The Australian. 
  5. ^"President's Award". The Australian Medical Association. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ abcHickey, Phil (2012-06-16). "Graham Kierath banned from road for 10 months". Sunday Times (Perth). Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  7. ^"Tips and rumours". Crikey. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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