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WEST, the Hon. Stewart JohnBiography for WEST, the Hon. Stewart John

Member for Cunningham (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Cunningham, New South Wales at by-election 1977, vice Hon. R Connor (deceased). Re-elected 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990. Retired prior to general elections 1993.

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative, Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 22.05.1980 to 19.09.1980

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 11.3.1983 to 13.12.1984.

Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1983 to 4.11.1983.

Cabinet Minister from 3.4.1984 to 4.4.1990.

Minister for Housing and Construction from 13.12.1984 to 24.7.1987.

Minister for Administrative Services from 24.7.1987 to 4.4.1990.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 24.9.1987 to 19.2.1990.

House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal Affairs from 1.5.1980 to 19.9.1980; Environment and Conservation from 4.12.1980 to 4.2.1983.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Inter-government Consultation on Indo-China Refugees, Honolulu, August 1983

Official visits to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, August 1983

Official visits to USA, Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, August 1984

Official visits to New Zealand, April 1987

Official visits to Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore, September 1988

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.1980 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Aboriginal Affairs from 19.3.1980 to 23.11.1980.

Opposition Spokesman on Environment and Conservation from 23.11.1980 to 14.1.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Trade from 14.1.1983 to 11.3.1983.

Party Positions

Campaign Manager for the late Hon. R.F.X. Connor, 1966-75

Secretary, Cunningham Federal Electorate, 1968-77

Other Positions

President, Waterside Workers' Federation, Port Kembla Branch, 1972-77


Born 31.3.1934, Forbes, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Waterside worker


Description: Provincial

Location: Wollongong and south coast of New South Wales; it includes the city of Wollongong and the surrounding centres of Austinmer, Bellambi, Bulli, Coledale, Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Figtree, Gwynneville, Mt Keira, Mt Kembla, Mt Ousley, Russell Vale, Scarborough, Tarrawanna, Thirroul, Unanderra, Wombarra and Woonona.

Area: 356 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 74689 (at 15.2.1993)

Industries: Coal mining, brick manufacturing, textiles, dairy farming and tourism.

Electorate: Cunningham includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Wollongong, and parts of Illawarra and Keira.