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Graham Kierath

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Premier  Richard Court
Succeeded by  Tony McRae
Preceded by  Yvonne Henderson
Citizenship  Australian

Succeeded by  Cheryl Edwardes
Name  Graham Kierath
Preceded by  New creation
Role  Australian Politician
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Full Name  Graham Donald Kierath
Born  21 July 1950 (age 65) Subiaco, Western Australia (1950-07-21)
Party  Liberal Party of Australia

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.


Graham Kierath Former WA labour relations minister Graham Kierath ABC News

Political career

Kierath was elected to the seat of Riverton in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly at the 1989 Western Australian election, 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".

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".

Post-parliamentary activities

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. 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 independent Janet Woollard. He failed to gain preselection for the electorate of Murdoch in 2008. He became president of the party's Tangney division.

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.


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