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Brian Thomas Burke (born in Perth, February 25, 1947) was premier of Western Australia from 25 February 1983 until his resignation on 25 February 1988. In 1990, Burke was imprisoned for seven months after being convicted of rorting travel expenses. [1] In following decades, Burke continued to maintain Labor party contacts and parliamentary influence, successfully using them to further a professional career as a pro-business lobbyist in partnership with former ministerial colleague Julian Grill and assisted by disgraced former senator Noel Crichton-Browne to influence Liberal parliamentarians. [2] The Perth skyline viewed from the Swan River This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia The Premier of Western Australia is the head of the executive government in the Australian State of Western Australia. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Julian Grill is a former Australian Labor Party MP in the Burke state government. ...

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Career

The son of federal Labor parliamentarian Tom Burke, Brian Burke started his career as a journalist, initially at the West Australian newspaper and later in radio and television. He entered politics in 1973, winning the Legislative Assembly seat of Balga. His elder brother Terry held the seat of Perth from 1968-87. Thomas Burke (August 28, 1910 – January 17, 1973) was a member of the Parliament of Australia. ... The West Australian (often simply called The West) is Perths only locally edited daily newspaper, and is owned by ASX-listed West Australian Newspapers Limited. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... The Legislative Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of parliament in the Australian state of Western Australia. ... Balcatta is an Electoral district of Western Australia. ... Terry Burke is a former member for the seat of Perth in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between 1968 and 1987. ... Perth is an Electoral district of Western Australia. ...


In 1981, Brian Burke defeated Ron Davies to become opposition leader. [3] At the February, 1983, state election, at just 36 years of age, he became the state's 23rd premier (and its third youngest), ending almost eight years of conservative coalition government under Sir Charles Court. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia is the leader of the largest political party in parliament but not in government. ... Sir Charles Walter Michael Court, AK, KCMG, OBE (Mil) (born September 29, 1911), Australian politician, was Premier of Western Australia between 1974 and 1982. ...


His premiership was characterised by close associations with businessmen such as Laurie Connell and Alan Bond and arranging joint government and business deals. As a result of the 1987 stock market crash, major corporate collapses including that of Connell's merchant bank Rothwells unwound some of those deals which, in turn, caused major losses to the state. The corporate deals and the attempted government-sponsored rescue of Rothwells under next premier Peter Dowding were widely styled in media and civil society as "WA Inc", a term coined by prominent political science academic and author Patrick O'Brien whose book The Burke Ambush [4] had clinically dissected and denounced Burke's excessively partial pro-corporate government. Laurie Connell (1946-1996) was a Western Australian business entrepreneur well known for his dealings with the Government of Western Australia and his close relationship with the then Premier of Western Australia, Brian Burke during the WA Inc period in the mid to late 1980s. ... Alan Bond (born April 22, 1938) is an Australian businessman famous for high-profile business ventures, Alan Bond opened the way for a new style of entrepreneur internationally; building up companies and turning them into the most successful entities in the world with enthusiasm and innovation. ... Dow Jones (19 July 1987 through 19 January 1988) FTSE 100 Index (19 July 1987 through 19 January 1988) Black Monday is the name ascribed to Monday October 19, 1987. ... Peter MCallum Dowding SC (born October 6, 1943 in Melbourne) was the 24th Premier of Western Australia, serving from February 25, 1988 until his resignation on February 12, 1990 after an internal party dispute. ... WA Inc and the ensuing WA Inc royal commission relate to a period in the mid to late 1980s in Western Australia when the incumbent State Government became involved in major business dealings with private businessmen including particularly Alan Bond and Laurie Connell. ...


Burke resigned as premier before the full extent of the deals and losses were known and went on to become Australia's ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See before being forced to resign as a result of allegations of improper conduct during his time as premier.


As a result of the allegations, the WA Inc royal commission was established in 1990, and led to Burke being charged with various offences for which he was sentenced to two years' imprisonment. He served seven months in jail in 1994 for travel expense rorts before being released on parole. In March 1997 he was sentenced to three years' jail for stealing $122,585 in campaign donations. He served six months before the convictions were quashed on appeal. He was stripped of his honour as a Companion of the Order of Australia.[5] WA Inc and the ensuing WA Inc royal commission relate to a period in the mid to late 1980s in Western Australia when the incumbent State Government became involved in major business dealings with private businessmen including particularly Alan Bond and Laurie Connell. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ...


Burke has since been active as a consultant and lobbyist for Western Australian business interests. His continued involvement in state Labor branch politics has been a subject of controversy since Labor returned to power in 2001. Former Premier Geoff Gallop banned cabinet ministers from contact with Burke but this was lifted by his successor Alan Carpenter when he took office in January 2006. Burke is an old family friend of former federal Labor party leader Kim Beazley, who was forced to distance himself from the former premier. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Professor Geoffrey Ian Gallop (born 27 September 1951), Australian academic and former politician, was the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006. ... Alan Carpenter Alan Carpenter (born January 4, 1957), Australian politician, is the 28th Premier of Western Australia. ... January 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accuses European nations of trying to complete the Holocaust by creating a Jewish camp Israel in the Middle East. ... For Kim Beazleys father, Kim Beazley senior, see Kim Edward Beazley. ...


In November 2005, Burke's daughter Sarah Burke ran for the presidency of the state Labor party. She expressed interest in standing as the party's candidate for the federal seat of Cowan when Labor MP Graham Edwards announced that he would not recontest the seat in 2007. The Division of Cowan is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. ... Graham Edwards Graham John Edwards (born 18 July 1946), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 1998, representing the Division of Cowan, Western Australia. ...


Brian Burke and the Corruption and Crime Commission

On 9 November 2006, Burke was forced to quit the Labor party in disgrace following calls from Labor premier Alan Carpenter, in part due to evidence provided to the Corruption and Crime Commission. [6] is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alan Carpenter Alan Carpenter (born January 4, 1957), Australian politician, is the 28th Premier of Western Australia. ... The Corruption and Crime Commission is a permanent investigative commission established by the Government of Western Australia in 2003, largely as a result of the findings of a royal commission into the states police service. ...


Norm Marlborough MLA, the minister for small business and the South-west, was forced to resign on 20 February 2007 after the Corruption and Crime Commission revealed he had kept a "secret mobile phone" to stay in touch with Mr Burke. [7] [8] A Member of the Legislative Assembly, or MLA, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to the Legislature or legislative assembly of a subnational jurisdiction. ... is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


On Monday 9 December 2006, premier Alan Carpenter asked Tony McRae to resign from the state cabinet. [9] is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On Monday 26 February 2007 MLA John Bowler was sacked from the State Government Ministry after revelations of his dealings with Brian Burke and Julian Grill surfaced at hearings being held by the Corruption and Crime Commission in Perth.[10][11] is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... John Bowler is a Western Australian politician who has represented the electoral district of Murchison-Eyre since 2001. ... The Corruption and Crime Commission is a permanent investigative commission established by the Government of Western Australia in 2003, largely as a result of the findings of a royal commission into the states police service. ...


On 1 March 2007, Kevin Douglas, Busselton Shire President was forced to resign because he could no longer work on a council under the influence of lobbyist Brian Burke. [12] is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rudd and Campbell controversies

During 2005, Burke had a dinner with current federal Labor leader Kevin Rudd who was then opposition spokesperson for foreign affairs. He also attended a meeting with the then federal environment minister, Senator Ian Campbell. The former event led to a scathing attack on Rudd's character by Prime Minister John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello, causing the latter event to be exposed by the media. The event forced the resignation of Senator Campbell from the cabinet and loss of his ministerial portfolio. Soon after, he resigned from the Parliament [13] Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957), is the leader of the federal Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament. ... The Hon. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ... Peter Howard Costello (born 14 August 1957), Australian politician, has been Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party since 1994, and Treasurer in the Australian government since 1996, making him the longest serving treasurer in Australian history. ...


External links

  • Constitutional Centre biographical entry
  • Western Australian Government Commissions of Inquiry
  • ABC News: Burke a 'highly successful premier'

References

  1. ^ The strife of Brian. The Age (2007-02-28). Retrieved on 2007-07-26.
  2. ^ E.g., ABC radio transcript Fels sacked after moving a motion from disgraced former Senator
  3. ^ *History of the ALP (WA Branch). Retrieved on 2006-12-20.
  4. ^ O'Brien, P (ed.) The Burke Ambush: Corporatism and Society in WA Apollo Press, Nedlands 1986)
  5. ^ Ramsey, Alan. "A role in the fall of a Labor mate conveniently omitted from the eulogies", Sydney Morning Herald, 2006-07-20. Retrieved on 2005-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Former WA premier to quit ALP", The Australian, 2006-11-09. Retrieved on 2006-12-20. 
  7. ^ Burke attacks the Corruption Commission
  8. ^ WA corruption commission investigates ex-premier Burke
  9. ^ WA minister caught in corruption scandal
  10. ^ WA Minister sacked over corruption inquiry evidence
  11. ^ Fourth WA minister falls to commission inquiry
  12. ^ Former Busselton Shire President explains resignation
  13. ^ ABC News report, 31 May, 2007
Preceded by
Ray O'Connor
Premier of Western Australia
1983-1988
Succeeded by
Peter Dowding

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