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Members’ biographical register

Mr Malcolm John Bryce

Principal Honours
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) awarded 26 January 1989 in recognition of service to the Western Australian Parliament
Date: 10 April 1943
Place: Bunbury, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of Eric John Bryce, fitter, and Ruth Lucy Gibson
Marriage and Family
Married 15 May 1965, St Margaret's Church, Nedlands to Elizabeth Melda Lathwell (born circa 1943), daughter of Kenneth Fred and Florence Elaine Grieve
Children: one son and three daughters
Date: 3 March 2018
Place: Western Australia
Cemetery: Memorialised at Fremantle Cemetery. Jamieson Gardens, Standard Rose Bed 5, 001
Cause of Death:
Church of England
Educated South Bunbury Primary School and Bunbury Senior High School 1956–1960
University of Western Australia and Claremont Teachers College BA 1961–1963
Employment History
School teacher, Merredin Senior High School 1964–1966, Bunbury Senior High School 1967–1969, John Forrest Senior High School 1970–November 1971 (acting Senior Master Economics and History 1971)
After leaving Parliament management consultant and company director
Director Rural and Industries Bank and chairman WA Technology and Industry Advisory Council

Corporate Manager Development and Investment, City of Ipswich, Queensland 1992–1996
Subsequently E Commerce consultant and company director
Local Government Service
Joined Australian Labor Party 1961
Secretary and president various country branches 1964–1969
Vice–president WA branch 1972–1976, President 1977–1979
Delegate to National Executive ALP 1971–1978, National vice–president 1976–1977
Delegate to National Conference 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979
Date Elected
13 November 1971
Inaugural Speech
Bryce, Malcolm John, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Bryce, Malcolm John, Valedictory Speech.pdfBryce, Malcolm John, Valedictory Speech.pdf
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Ascot (by-election) 13 November 1971–18 February 1988 (resigned)

  • Deputy Premier 1983–1988
  • Opposition spokesman for Lands, Forests and the North–West 1974–April 1977 (Education 1975); for Industrial Development, Chief Secretary and Federal Affairs April 1977–March 1978; Industrial and Mineral Development, and Federal Affairs March 1978–1980; Industrial Development and Commerce, and Technology 1980–September 1981; Industrial and Resources Development, and Technology September 1981–February 1983
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition 1977–1980 and 18 September 1981–1983
  • Deputy Premier 25 February 1983–25 February 1988
  • Minister for Economic Development and Technology 25 February 1983–23 December 1983; for Industrial Development, Technology and Defence Liaison, Small Business and Communications 25 December 1983–26 February 1986; for Industry and Technology, Small Business (until 12 May 1986), Defence Liaison, Communications, Parliamentary and Electoral Reform 26 February 1986–25 February 1988

  • Member Standing Orders Committee 1980–1983
  • Member Library Committee 1974–1977
  • Member Joint Printing Committee 1981–1983
  • Member Select Committee on a Committee System for the Parliament May–October 1973
  • Member Select Committee on Criminal Code Act Amendment Bill 1973
  • Member Joint Select Committee and Hon Royal Commission on Matters relating to Homosexuality December 1973–September 1974

  • Contested Moore (House of Representatives 1969), Senate 1970
Private Member's Bills
Inaugural chairman Greenhouse Action Australia (Melbourne)
Chairman Advisory Board Centre for Technology and Social Change (Wollongong)
Senior associate Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu
Chairman Australian Centre for Innovation and International Competitiveness 1989–1999
Awarded Hon D Tech Curtin University 1993
Resided in Australind from 2001
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. 29.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Accessed 14 February 2019.
Further Information
Who’s Who in Australia, F Johns, Adelaide, 1977, 1979.