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Members’ biographical register

Hon Alannah Joan Geraldine MacTiernan

Principal Honours
Date: 10 January 1953
Place: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
December 1971
Daughter of Hugh Murrough, meat inspector, sales representative and public servant, and Dorothy Caroline Leahy, dental assistant and sales assistant
Marriage and Family
Cause of Death:
Not stated
University of Western Australia, BA, LLB, BJur
Employment History
Worked with Commonwealth Department of Employment 1977–1981, 1984 in WA and Melbourne in various capacities in Aboriginal Employment and Training Branch
Proprietor and publisher of
Mt Lawley/Maylands Express (suburban newspaper) 1981–1983
Practised law with Dwyer Durack
Local Government Service
Perth City Council May 1988–1993
Mayor City of Vincent 2011-2013
Joined University branch of the Australian Labor Party 1976, Perth branch 1979, founded Highgate branch 1981, variously secretary, vice-president, president and membership officer
Member variously at Curtin, Perth and Canning Electorate Councils
Delegate State Executive 1981, 1984–1991 and Delegate National Conferences 1994, 1997
Date Elected
22 May 1993
Inaugural Speech

Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Alannah MacTiernan
Valedictory Speech
MacTiernan, Allanah Joan Geraldine, Valedictory Speech.pdf
Year Retired/Resigned
North Metropolitan
Parliamentary Service

  • MLC East Metropolitan Region 22 May 1993–21 November 1996 (resigned). Elected to the Thirty-Fourth Parliament for the East Metropolitan Region (Legislative Council) on 6 February 1993 for a term commencing on 22 May 1993. Resigned 21 November 1996.
  • MLA Armadale 14 December 1996–20 July 2010 (resigned). Elected to the Thirty-Fifth Parliament for Armadale (Legislative Assembly) on 14 December 1996 in succession to Hon Elsie Kay Hallahan (retired). Re-elected 2001, 2005, 2008. Resigned 20 July 2010.
  • MLC North Metropolitan Region elected 11 March 2017 for a term commencing 22 May 2017. Elected to the Fortieth Parliament for the North Metropolitan Region (Legislative Council) on 11 March 2017 for a term commencing on 22 May 2017.
  • Shadow Minister for Productivity; Labour Relations 18 October 1994–23 January 1995
  • Shadow Minister for Productivity; Labour Relations and Legislative Council Spokesperson on Housing and Construction 23 January 1995–18 March 1996
  • Shadow Minister for Productivity; Labour Relations; Construction Industry 18 March 1996–15 October 1996
  • Shadow Minister for Productivity; Labour Relations; Housing Construction 15 October 1996–15 January 1997
  • Shadow Minister for Transport; Fair Trading 15 January 1997–4 August 1999
  • Spokesperson for Transport; Planning 5 August 1999–10 February 2001
  • Minister for Planning and Infrastructure 16 February 2001–6 September 2008
  • Shadow Minister for Regional Development; Strategic Infrastructure; Climate Change 26 September 2008–5 March 2010
  • Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports (from 13 December 2018); Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade 17 March 2017–present

  • Member Standing Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Statute Revision (Legislative Council) 3 August 1993–14 November 1996
  • Member Public Accounts and Expenditure Review Committee (Legislative Assembly) 11 March 1997–10 January 2001
  • Member Joint House Committee 20 March 1997–11 June 1998
  • Member Joint Parliamentary Services Committee 11 June 1998–24 November 1998
  • Member Standing Committee on Community Development and Justice (Chairman from 26 November 2008) 13 November 2008–20 July 2010

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Represented WA branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the 13th Australasian and Pacific Regional Seminar, Kiribati–Victoria, 1998


  • Contested Canning (House of Representatives) 21 August 2010
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Perth, Western Australia, 2013

  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Australia from 4 March 2014
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Infrastructure from 4 March 2014
Private Member's Bills
One time member Law Society of Western Australia
Member Perth Theatre Trust 1989–1991
Inaugural member Heritage Council of WA 1989–1991
Founding member East Timor WA Association
Member board Rod Evans Senior Citizens Centre 1990–1993
Member Irish Club of WA from 1979, Irish-Australian Congress
Convenor Inner City Residents’ Action
Member University Women’s Soccer Club 1975–1989, variously president, secretary, treasurer and Association representative
Secretary and treasurer Boadicea Women’s Soccer Club 1992–1993
Patron Women’s Soccer WA and other sporting organisations
Director EMC Solar Ltd 2011-2013
BA, LL B, D Jur
Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 169.
Parliament of Australia website. Accessed 12 February 2015.
Parliament of Western Australia, Former Members, Parliament of Western Australia website, accessed 19 May 2014.
Further Information
Chapter 32. Alannah MacTiernan Making a Difference.pdf
The climb: conversations with Australian women in power