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Hon. John Alexander Cowdell
Former Member

House:Legislative Council
Party:Australian Labor Party
Electorate:South West

Inaugural Speech:

Speeches by Hon. John Alexander Cowdell
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COWDELL, Hon. John Alexander, MLC
Member for South West Region
Australian Labor Party

24 May 1953, Perth, Western Australia.

BA (Hons), Dip Ed, JP.

Retired 21 May 2005.

President of the Legislative Council.

Deputy President and Chairman of Committees in the Legislative Council.

Shadow Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs, South West.

Member, Standing Committee on Legislation: August 1993 to May 1996; April 1997 to December 1998; October 1999 to January 2001.
Member, Joint Standing Committee on the Commission on Government: 1994 to 1997.
Member, Joint Standing Committee on the Official/Anti Corruption Commission: 1996 to 2001.
Member, Standing Orders/Procedure and Privileges Committee: 1997 - 21 May 2001.
Chairman, Procedure and Privileges Committee: 31 May 2001 - 21 May 2005.

Elected as Member for South West Region (re-elected 1996 and 2001).

The President has been a public servant, as adviser to Hon K C Beazley and Assistant Secretary of the Western Australian Labor Party.
He served as Dean of Kingswood College at the University of Western Australia and has lectured at TAFE and Tertiary Institutions.

Reading, History and Civic Education.


South West Region includes the Legislative Assembly electorates of Albany, Bunbury, Collie, Dawesville, Mandurah, Mitchell, Murray-Wellington, Stirling, Vasse and Warren-Blackwood. Enrolment (14 December 1996) 134,939; 44,518 sq km.