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Colin Barnett
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29th Premier of Western Australia
Elections: 2005, 2008, 2013, 2017
In office
23 September 2008 – 17 March 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Ken Michael
Malcolm McCusker
Kerry Sanderson
Deputy Kim Hames
Liza Harvey
Preceded by Alan Carpenter
Succeeded by Mark McGowan
Treasurer of Western Australia
In office
27 April 2010 – 14 December 2010
Preceded by Troy Buswell
Succeeded by Christian Porter
In office
12 June 2012 – 7 July 2012
Preceded by Christian Porter
Succeeded by Troy Buswell
In office
10 March 2014 – 17 March 2014
Preceded by Troy Buswell
Succeeded by Mike Nahan
27th Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia
In office
26 February 2001 – 9 March 2005
Deputy Dan Sullivan
Preceded by Richard Court
Succeeded by Matt Birney
In office
6 August 2008 – 23 September 2008
Deputy Kim Hames
Preceded by Troy Buswell
Succeeded by Eric Ripper
In office
17 March 2017 – 21 March 2017
Deputy Liza Harvey
Preceded by Mark McGowan
Succeeded by Mike Nahan
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Cottesloe
In office
11 August 1990 – 5 February 2018
Preceded by Bill Hassell
Succeeded by David Honey
Personal details
Born
Colin James Barnett

15 July 1950 (1950-07-15) (age 70)
Nedlands, Western Australia
Political party Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Profession Economist

Colin James Barnett (born 15 July 1950) is a former Australian politician who was the 29th Premier of Western Australia. He had previously served as the state's Treasurer, as well as holding various other portfolios in Western Australia's Cabinet.

Barnett was born in Nedlands, Perth. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with an economics degree. Having lectured in economics at the Western Australian Institute of Technology and served as an executive director of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for the seat of Cottesloe at a by-election in 1990. Barnett served as a minister in the Court–Cowan Ministry from 1993 until its defeat at the 2001 election, after which he was made leader of the Liberal Party, replacing the outgoing premier, Richard Court. He resigned as leader after the unsuccessful 2005 election, but regained the position prior to the 2008 election, where he was elected premier. Barnett was sworn into office on 23 September 2008 by Ken Michael, the Governor of Western Australia at the time. At the 2013 election Barnett and his government were re-elected to a second term.

The Liberals were defeated at the 2017 election, and WA Labor's Mark McGowan succeeded Barnett as Premier. On 15 December 2017, Barnett announced his intention to resign from politics, which he did on 5 February 2018.

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