Roger Cook (politician)
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Roger Cook Politician

The Honorable
Roger Cook
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Deputy Premier of Western Australia

17 March 2017
Premier Mark McGowan
Liza Harvey
Deputy Leader of the Labor Party
in Western Australia

16 September 2008
Leader Eric Ripper
Mark McGowan
Eric Ripper
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia

6 September 2008
None (new seat)
Constituency Kwinana
Personal details
Born (1965-08-20) 20 August 1965 (age 53)
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Political party Labor
Alma mater Murdoch University

Roger Hugh Cook (born 20 August 1965) is an Australian politician who is the current Deputy Premier of Western Australia, under Mark McGowan. He has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 2008, representing the seat of Kwinana. He was elected deputy leader of the Labor Party ten days after first being elected to parliament, and continues to hold the position. Before entering politics, Cook worked as a public relations consultant. He had earlier been involved in student politics, serving as the first president of the National Union of Students.

Early life

Cook was born in Perth, and attended Scotch College.[1] He went on to Murdoch University, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration, and later completed a graduate business diploma (specialising in public relations) at Curtin University.[2] Whilst at Murdoch, Cook became involved in student politics, serving as a student representative on the university's senate. He was also involved in the establishment of the National Union of Students in mid-1986, becoming its first national president as a representative of the National Organisation of Labor Students.[3]

After graduating, Cook worked in the offices of a number of Labor MPs, including Stephen Smith, Jim McGinty, and Chris Evans.[4] He served as state president of the Labor Party from 1999 to 2000. Cook later became involved with indigenous advocacy groups, serving at various times as a policy coordinator for the Western Australian Aboriginal Native Title Working Group, as CEO of the Yamatji Marlpa Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation, and as government relations manager for the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.[1] From 2004 to 2008, he was state manager of CPR, a public relations firm which is closely associated with the Labor Party.[5]


At the 2008 state election, Cook won the seat of Kwinana in a tightly fought contest, winning by 300 votes from independent candidate Carol Adams, the mayor of the Town of Kwinana.[5] Adams had unsuccessfully attempted to gain Labor pre-selection, and later accused Alan Carpenter of "parachuting" Cook into the seat.[6] On 16 September, ten days after the election, Cook was elected to the position of deputy leader of the Labor Party under Eric Ripper.[7] He is a member of the Labor Left faction, backed by the United Voice trade union (previously known as the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union).[6] After Ripper was replaced by Mark McGowan as leader of the opposition in January 2012, Cook maintained his position as deputy leader.[8] He was re-elected at the 2013 state election in a rematch with Adams, winning an increased majority.[2]

However, Kwinana was a very safe Labor seat in a "traditional" two-party matchup with the Liberals; Cook would have won it in both 2008 and 2013 with majorities of well over 10 percent in a traditional contest with a Liberal candidate. Proving this, Cook was easily reelected in 2017 amid the massive Labor wave that swept through Perth, taking over 68 percent of the two-party vote, a "traditional" two-party swing of seven percent.


Cook has held the following portfolios since his election in 2008:[2]

  • 26 September 2008 - 27 January 2012: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health; Shadow Minister for Mental Health; Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs
  • 27 January 2012 - 9 April 2013: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health
  • 9 April 2013 - 26 June 2015: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health; Shadow Minister for Science
  • 26 June 2015 - 17 March 2017: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health
  • 17 March 2017 - present: Minister for Health and Minister for Mental Health[9]


  1. ^ a b Roger Hugh Cook, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Mr Roger Hugh Cook MLA BA, GradDipBus (PR) - Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  3. ^ Senate minutes 22 June 1987 - Murdoch University. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  4. ^ About Roger - Roger Cook official website. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Murray, Paul (11 September 2008). "Labor's plight a child of several dead-beat dads". Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b van Schoubroeck, Lesley (2010). The Lure of Politics: Geoff Gallop's Government, 2001-2006. Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing. p. 251. ISBN 978-1-74258-069-2.
  7. ^ "Ripper elected WA Labor Leader". ABC News. 16 September 2008. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Trenwith, Courtney (23 January 2012). "McGowan officially elected Labor leader". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ ABC WA election: McGowan unveils Labor 'cabinet for the times' with Cook as deputy, Wyatt named treasurer 16 March 2017
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
New seat Member for Kwinana
Political offices
Preceded by
John Day
Minister for Health
Preceded by
Andrea Mitchell
Minister for Mental Health

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