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Joe Berinson

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The Honourable

Joe Berinson


Australian Minister for the Environment

In office

14 July 1975 – 11 November 1975

Prime Minister

Gough Whitlam

Preceded by

Gough Whitlam

Succeeded by

Andrew Peacock

Attorney-General of Western Australia

In office



Brian Burke

Peter Dowding

Carmen Lawrence

Member of the Australian Parliament

for Perth

In office

25 October 1969 – 13 December 1975

Preceded by

Fred Chaney

Succeeded by

Ross McLean

Member of the Western Australian Parliament

for North Metropolitan

In office


Serving with Graham Edwards

Sam Piantadosi

Bob Pike

Reg Davies

Max Evans

George Cash

Member of the Western Australian Parliament

for North Central Metropolitan

In office


Serving with Sam Piantadosi

Member of the Western Australian Parliament

for North-East Metropolitan

In office


Serving with Lyla Elliott

Personal details


Joseph Max Berinson

7 January 1932 (age 82)



Political party

Australian Labor Party

Alma mater

University of Western Australia






Joseph Max "Joe" Berinson (born 7 January 1932) is an Australian former politician who represented the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in the Australian House of Representatives and the Western Australian Legislative Council. He was Environment Minister in the Whitlam government for several months in 1975, later serving a decade as Attorney General of Western Australia.


  1. 11 Early life

  2. 22 Federal politics

  3. 33 Legal career

  4. 44 State politics

  5. 55 Retirement

  6. 66 Notes

Early life

Berinson was born to parents from Safed, Palestine. His father, Shulem, emigrated to Australia around 1913. His mother Rivka (Rebecca) née Finkelstein arrived in Australia in about 1923. Berinson had two older sisters, Goola (born 1924) and Ethel (born 1925).[2]

Berinson worked from the 1950s as a pharmacist before entering politics.[1]

Federal politics

Berinson was elected to the Australian House of Representatives representing the electorate of Perth at the 1969 federal election. He was Environment Minister between July and November 1975, losing his seat in the 1975 election in December 1975

Legal career

After Berinson's defeat in 1975, he was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1977.[3]

State politics

In 1980 Berinson was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council representing the Council electorates of North-East Metropolitan (1980–83), North Central Metropolitan (1983–89) and North Metropolitan (1989–1993}.

With the election of Brian Burke as Premier of Western Australia in 1983, Berinson was appointed Attorney General. He served in this role under successive premiers Burke, Peter Dowding and Carmen Lawrence. While Attorney General, he was appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1988.[4] In 1991, he was identified as one of the five members of the government most associated with WA Inc transactions.[5]


Berinson retired from the ministry and from the Legislative Council in 1993. He subsequently served as President of the Jewish Community Council of Western Australia between 2001 and 2005.[3]


  1. 1^ Jump up to:
    a b Crisp, L.F.; Atkinson, Barbara (November 1981). "Australian Labour Party - Federal Parliamentarians - 1901 - 1981". Australian National University. p. 5. Retrieved 1 March 2013.

  2. 2Jump up
    "Ethel Bercove". Northbridge History Project. The Government of Western Australia. Retrieved March 2, 2013.

  3. 3^ Jump up to:
    a b "Alumni - Graduates - 1970s - Joe Berinson (1971)". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2013.

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    "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Australian Parliament House. Retrieved 1 March 2013.

  5. 5Jump up
    O'Brien P. The Origins and Development of WA's Executive State, in The Executive State —WA Inc & The Constitution, (Perth 1991), p. 132. The other main players were Burke, Dowding, deputy premier David Parker and industrial development minister Julian Grill.

Political offices

Preceded by

Gough Whitlam

Minister for the Environment


Succeeded by

Andrew Peacock

Parliament of Australia

Preceded by

Fred Chaney

Member for Perth


Succeeded by

Ross McLean

  1. 1Categories: 1932 birthsLiving people1975 Australian constitutional crisisAustralian Labor Party politiciansMembers of the Australian House of RepresentativesMembers of the Australian House of Representatives for PerthMembers of the Cabinet of AustraliaMembers of the Western Australian Legislative CouncilAttorneys-General of Western Australia