Which Ministers are responsible for alcohol issues?
Knowing what each Minister is responsible for will help ensure you contact the right Minister about your concern.
WA Ministers and Shadow Ministers relevant to alcohol issues
The Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA is the Minister for Racing and Gaming. He is responsible for liquor licensing and related liquor control issues through the WA Liquor Control Act. This includes areas such as liquor licence applications, availability of alcohol (including trading hours and outlet density), liquor restrictions, and the capacity to introduce laws on issues such as controlled purchase operations or curbs on alcohol promotion.
The Hon Roger Cook MLA is the Minister for Health and the Minister for Mental Health. The Health portfolio encompasses a range of areas affected by alcohol, and the Health Minister is responsible for a wide range of health services dealing with alcohol issues, from Emergency Departments onwards. The Mental Health portfolio has responsibility for alcohol prevention, treatment and services, and for whole-of-government alcohol policy issues.
The Hon Michelle Roberts MLA is the Minister for Police and the Minister for Road Safety. She is responsible for allocation of police resources as well as matters relating to alcohol-related violence, drink driving, other aspects of crimes where alcohol is involved, road safety and enforcement of the WA Liquor Control Act.
The Hon Simone McGurk MLA is WA’s first Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence. She has responsibility for co-ordinating a whole-of-government approach to family and domestic violence. The Minister has a cross government role in coordinating policy and is responsible for all funding currently being spent by every agency on domestic and family violence, including crisis support lines, and for ensuring that the prevention of family and domestic violence remains at the forefront of the State Government.
The Hon Rita Saffioti MLA is the Minister for Transport. Among other things, she has responsibility for managing the public transport system, which includes the placement of alcohol and other advertising on public transport infrastructure, including on buses, bus stops and train stations.
The Hon Sue Ellery MLC is the Minister for Education and Training. Among other things, she has responsibility for alcohol and drug education and policies in schools.
The Hon Mark McGown MLA is Premier of Western Australia.
The Leader of the Opposition is the Hon Mike Nahan MLA.
The Shadow Minister for Health and Mental Health is the Hon Sean L'Estrange MLA.
The Shadow Minister for Racing and Gaming is Mr John McGrath MLA.
Federal Ministers and Shadow Ministers relevant to alcohol issues
The Hon Greg Hunt MP is the Federal Minister for Health. He is responsible for overall alcohol policy issues at the federal level.
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP is the Federal Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.
Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie is the Minister for Rural Health, Sport and Regional Communications.
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP is the Federal Treasurer, responsible for alcohol taxes.
The Hon Scott Morrison MP is Prime Minister of Australia.
The Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare is The Hon Catherine King MP.
The Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health is the Hon Warren Snowdon MP.
The Shadow Treasurer is The Hon Chris Bowen MP.