Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Catherine (Kate) Esther Doust
Principal Honours
Birth
Date 27 May 1962 Place Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
Parents
Barry Malcolm Georg Doust, postal worker, and Esther Dale Grogan, medical secretary
Marriage and Family
Married 14 January 1995 to William Joseph Johnston, son of Henry Noel and Carmel Mary Kelly
Children: one son and two daughters
Death
Date Place
Cemetery Cause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
St Anthony’s, Narrogin; St Michael’s, Kalgoorlie; St Michaels, Bassendean; Mercedes, Our Lady of the Missions High School, Fremantle
University of Western Australia–BA
Occupation
Union official
Employment History
Library clerk, Geography Department, University of Western Australia, 1982–1983
Clerk, National Mutual Life, 1983–1984
Trade union official, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association of Western Australia 1984–2001, member Board of Control and treasurer
Vice President, Unions Western Australia
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Party
Labor
Member of Australian Labor Party
Served as branch secretary and President of a number of sub-branches and Electoral Councils
Member Party Disputes Committee and Property and Finance Committee
Date Elected
22 May 2001
Inaugural Speech

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Inaugural Video
No inaugural video is available as filming did not start until May 2003
Speeches
Search for speeches by Kate Doust
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Electorate
South Metropolitan
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC South Metropolitan Region from 22 May 2001. Elected to the Thirty-sixth Parliament for South Metropolitan Region on 10 February 2001, 2005 (for term commencing 22 May 2005). Re-elected 2008, 2013 and 2017 for terms commencing 22 May.

Office
  • Deputy Chairman of Committees 23 May 2001–21 May 2005
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Public Sector Management; Culture and the Arts; Women's Interests 26 April 2005–2 March 2006
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure 26 April 2005–27 June 2006
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier; Minister for Government Enterprises; Housing and Works; Heritage; Community Development 26 April 2005–2 March 2007
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Consumer Protection; Land Information; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth 2 March 2006–2 March 2007
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Small Business and Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training 2 March 2006–21 November 2006
  • Chairperson, Parliamentary Superannuation Board 11 April 2005–21 May 2017
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier; Treasurer and Minister for State Development 19 March 2007–23 September 2008
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council; Shadow Minister for Energy; Science and Innovation 26 September 2008–26 January 2012
  • Shadow Minister for Commerce; Consumer Protection; Small Business; Science; Innovation and Technology; Trade 27 January 2012–8 April 2013
  • Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations; Commerce; Small Business; Trade; Electoral Affairs 9 April 2013–26 June 2015
  • Member Parliamentary Superannuation Board 22 May 2013–21 May 2017
  • Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations; Commerce; Information Communications Technology; Small Business; Electoral Affairs 26 June 2015–21 May 2017
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council 16 September 2008–17 March 2017
  • President of the Legislative Council 22 May 2017–present

Committees
  • Member Standing Committee on Legislation 31 May 2001–21 May 2005
  • Member Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges 31 May 2001–21 May 2005
  • Member Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs 28 June 2001–21 May 2005. Reappointed 26 May 2005–4 June 2009
  • Member Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs 4 June 2009–21 May 2013. (Elected Deputy Chair 4 June 2009–21 May 2013)
  • Chair Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review 22 May 2013–21 May 2017
  • Member Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges 22 May 2013–21 May 2017
  • Chair Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges 23 May 2017–present
  • Member Select Committee on Advocacy for Children 2 December 2003–2 July 2004
  • Member Select Committee into Parliamentary Privilege and Contempt of Parliament 12 November 2008– 4 June 2009
  • Member Parliamentary Services Committee 6 November 2008–21 May 2017 (Re-elected 25 November 2008 and 22 May 2013)

Historical Notes
  • First woman elected as President of the Legislative Council in Western Australia
  • Married to Bill Johnston, politician, who also served in the Parliament of Western Australia
Private Member's Bills
Asbestos Diseases Compensation Bill 2013 Legislative Council Committee of the Whole - 17/11/2016
Background/Membership
Qualifications
BA
References
D 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. 72-73.
Parliament of Western Australia website. Current Members. Accessed 20 May 2015.
Further Information
Chapter 49. Kate Doust Making a Difference.pdf
Bibliography

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