Governor of Western Australia


Governor of Western Australia

Infobox vice-regal
state = Western Australia
shield = Shield-WesternAustralia.png incumbent = Ken Michael
his/her = His
appointed_by = Elizabeth II
first_governor = Captain James Stirling
date = 6 February 1832

The Governor of Western Australia is the representative in Western Australia of Australia's Monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The Governor performs important constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including:
* presiding over the Executive Council;
* proroguing and dissolving the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council;
* issuing writs for elections; and
* appointing Ministers, Judges, Magistrates and Justices of the Peace.Furthermore, all Bills passed by the Parliament of Western Australia require the Governor’s signature before they become law (i.e. an Act).

The Governor of Western Australia is presently Ken Michael.

For further information on the office of Governor, see Governors of the Australian states.

List of Governors of Western Australia

This is a list of Governors and Lieutenant-Governors of Western Australia.

Lieutenant-Governors of Western Australia

Stirling was in fact only commissioned as Governor of Western Australia from 4 March 1831, rectifying the absence of a legal instrument providing the authority detailed in Stirling's Instructions of 30 December 1828. Stirling had said of his own position:

I believe I am the first Governor who ever formed a settlement without Commission, Laws, Instructions and Salary. [cite web | url = http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/item.asp?dID=94 | title = Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK) | work = Documenting a Democracy | publisher = National Archives of Australia | accessdate = 2008-03-05 - see also [http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/scan.asp?sID=1217 Scan of 1st page of parchment original] and cite web | last = Bathurst | authorlink = Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst | year = 1831 | url = http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/resources/transcripts/wa5i_doc_1831.pdf | title = Transcription of Commission appointing Stirling Governor and Commander-in-Chief 4 March 1831 (UK) | format = pdf (5 pages) | work = Founding documents: 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation | publisher = National Archives of Australia | accessdate = 2008-03-05]

ee also

*Government House, Perth

References

External links

* [http://www.govhouse.wa.gov.au/default.shtm Government House, Western Australia: The Official Website of the Governor of Western Australia]


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