Paul Whalan

Paul Russell Whalan (born 10 July 1941) is an Australian political lobbyist, former politician and member of the first Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, representing Canberra for the Labor Party. Whalan was elected in 1989 and resigned from the Assembly on 30 April 1990.[1] During his short term in the Assembly, Whalan served as the first Deputy Chief Minister and the first Minister with responsibilities for industry, employment and education in the first ACT Government led by Rosemary Follett.[2]

Prior to entering politics, Whalan served as the ACT secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association and as Senior Adviser to five Ministers in the Hawke Labor federal government.[3] Whalan now runs his own political lobbying business in Canberra.[4][5]


  1. "Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly" (PDF). ACT Legislative Assembly. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  2. "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1989 No 1" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1989–01. 16 May 1989. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  3. "Whelan, Paul (profile)". Endeavour Consulting Group. 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  4. "Paul Whalan & Associates Pty Ltd". Lobbyist Register. Queensland Integrity Commissioner. 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  5. "Union man gets Assembly post". The Canberra Times. 51 (14, 609). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 14 February 1977. p. 1. Retrieved 6 January 2018 via National Library of Australia.