Burke, Brian

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Burke, Brian Gender: M
Brian Thomas Burke
born on 25 February 1947 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Subiaco, Australia, 31s57, 115e49
Timezone AWST h8e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Sutton
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 05°20' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 19°52 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 26°22'


Australian politician, formerly a journalist before entering state politics as a Labour MLA in 1973. On 19 February 1983, Burke was elected Premier of Western Australia and his government soon formed strong ties with high-profile businessmen Alan Bond and Laurie Connell. When the stock market crashed in October 1987, a decade of extravagant expansion burst along with Bond's business. Connell organized a rescue package which included a $150 million state guarantee - but only after all resources had been expended. Premier Burke justified risking taxpayers' funds by arguing that many small depositors in Connell's merchant bank would have been hurt.

On 25 February 1988, Burke resigned as Premier to become ambassador to Ireland and the Vatican, but in 1991 he was forced to return to Australia to appear before the Royal Commission. Two years later, he was charged with stealing from his parliamentary travel account and the ALP. In July 1994, Burke was found guilty of using a parliamentary account for personal purposes and sentences to two years in prison. He served seven months in jail in 1994 for travel expense rorts before being released on parole. In March 1997, he was sentenced to three years' jail for stealing $122,585 in campaign donations. He served six months before the convictions were quashed on appeal. In 1995, he was stripped of his 1988 honour as a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Burke became active as a consultant and lobbyist for Western Australian business interests. Burke stood trial on five charges of telling lies to the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) inquiry and on 1 April 2010 was found guilty of deliberately giving false testimony and fined $25,000. An attempted appeal to the High Court against the conviction failed. Soon after, Burke was found not guilty of a separate charge of disclosing official secrets.

On 19 June 2013, Burke was charged with four counts of insider trading relating to the ASX-listed telecommunications company AMCOM, all of which were dropped on 18 February 2014.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : New Job 1973 (Labour MLA)
  • Work : Gain social status 19 February 1983 (Elected Premier of West Australia)
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 25 February 1988 (Resigned as Premier)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 1991 (Appeared before the Royal Commission)
  • Crime : Trial dates 1994 (Guilty of embezzlement of government funds for personal purposes)

Source Notes

Dennis Sutton quotes Susan Alexander from Burke, given in Sutton's 50 Australian charts, published 1996. Sy Scholfield quotes same data in Burkie: A Biography of Brian Burke (St George's Books, 1988), p. 18.


  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Two year sentence plus another three years)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (Misuse of parliamentary account)
  • Vocation : Business : Consultant
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (Ambassador to Ireland)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Labor)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Labour MLA and 23rd Premier of Western Australia, 1983-1988)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Journalist initially)