Brian Thomas Burke, AC (b. 1947)

Mr Burke began his career in journalism as a cadet at the West Australian Newspaper before venturing into radio and television journalism. He entered parliament in 1973 and became Leader of the Opposition in 1981 before becoming Premier of Western Australia in 1983.

His other ministerial appointments include Minister for Cabinet, Treasurer, Minister for Coordinating Economic and Social Development. After resigning from parliament Mr Burke served as Australia's Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and the Holy See.

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