Hon. Dr Steven (Steve) Caldwell Thomas MLC
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council; Shadow Minister for Treasury; Small Business
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Extract from the Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook
THOMAS, Hon Dr Steven Caldwell, MLC
Member for South West Region
Elected to the Thirty-seventh Parliament for Capel (new seat) in the Legislative Assembly on 26 February 2005. Electorate abolished redistribution of 2007. Contested the general election for Collie-Preston, defeated by Michael Philip Murray.
Elected to the Fortieth Parliament for the South West Region on 11 March 2017 for the terms commencing on 22 May. Re-elected 2021 for the terms commencing 22 May.
Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 29 March 2005 - 6 September 2008.
Deputy Chair of Committees in the Legislative Council: 23 May 2017 - present.
Parliamentary Party/Shadow Ministerial Appointments
Opposition Spokesperson on Emergency Services; Indigenous Affairs from 9 March 2005 to 4 February 2006.
Shadow Minister for the Environment from 4 February 2006 to 28 June 2006. Shadow Minister for the Environment and assisting the Shadow Minister for Biotechnology; Fisheries; Indigenous Affairs and Science and Innovation 28 June 2006 - 24 January 2008; also representing the Shadow Minister for North West in the Legislative Assembly from 28 June 2006 - 24 January 2008. Shadow Treasurer from 24 January 2008.
Shadow Minister for Environment; Water: 25 March 2017 - 21 December 2017.
Shadow Minister for Environment; Water; Emergency Services: 21 December 2017 - 16 April 2018.
Shadow Minister for Environment; Emergency Services; Forestry: 16 April 2018 - 28 February 2020.
Shadow Minister for Finance; Environment; Forestry: 28 February 2020 - 13 July 2020.
Shadow Minister for Finance; Agriculture and Food; Regional Development; Royalties for Regions: 13 July 2020 - 19 April 2021
Shadow Minister for Treasury; Small Business: 19 April 2021 to present.
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council: 19 April 2021 to present.
Member Public Accounts Committee from 7 April 2005 - 7 August 2008.
Substitute Member, Standing Committee on Legislation; Inquiry into the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017: 28 March 2018 - 28 June 2018.
Substitute Member, Standing Committee on Legislation; Inquiry into the Agricultural Produce Commission Amendment Bill 2019: 17 June 2020 - present.
Member, Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs: 23 May 2017 - present.
Member, Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety: 29 August 2018 - 12 May 2020.
3 October 1967, Mansfield, Victoria.
Arrived in Western Australia, December 1989.
Qualifications and Occupation Before Entering Parliament
Veterinary Surgeon and Policy and Media Adviser.
SOUTH WEST REGION - ELECTORATE PROFILE
South West Region covers eight districts, Albany, Bunbury, Collie-Preston, Dawesville, Mandurah, Murray-Wellington, Vasse and Warren-Blackwood