Alan John Carpenter
(born 4 January 1957) is a former Australian
politician. He was the 28th Premier of Western Australia
, serving from 2006 to 2008. He took office following the resignation of Dr Geoff Gallop
. His government was defeated at the 2008 election
Carpenter was a Labor
member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
from 1996 to 2009, representing the district of Willagee
. Prior to becoming Premier he was Minister for Education and Indigenous Affairs (2001–2003), Minister for Education and Training (2003–2005), and Minister for State Development and Minister for Energy (2005–2006).
Carpenter was born in Albany
, Western Australia
,was educated at Lockyer Primary School then Albany Senior High School
. After graduating in 1974, he travelled Australia, working a variety of different jobs before returning in 1977 to study political science
at the University of Western Australia
and graduated in 1979.
Carpenter began working for the Albany Advertiser
as a journalist. In 1982 he travelled overseas, spending 11 months in Asia and then moving to Europe, where he worked in various jobs for three years. He returned to Australia in 1986, and began working for the Perth
television station TVW-7
as a reporter on politics within the state. In 1990 Carpenter moved to the ABC
, continuing his role as state political reporter in his new job. He moved up through the ranks in the ABC, becoming the Western Australian presenter of The 7.30......