Premier of Tasmania

The premier of Tasmania is the head of the executive government in the Australian state of Tasmania. By convention, the leader of the party or political grouping which has majority support in the House of Assembly is invited by the governor of Tasmania to be premier and principal adviser.[2]

Premier of Tasmania
Tasmanian coat of arms
Incumbent
Jeremy Rockliff
since 8 April 2022
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Style
StatusHead of government
Member of
Reports toParliament
SeatExecutive Building
15 Murray Street, Hobart
AppointerGovernor of Tasmania
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the House of Assembly
Term lengthAt the Governor's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the lower house of Parliament
Constituting instrumentNone (constitutional convention)
Formation1 November 1856
First holderWilliam Champ
DeputyDeputy Premier of Tasmania
SalaryA$301,397[1]
Websitewww.premier.tas.gov.au

Since 8 April 2022, the premier of Tasmania has been Jeremy Rockliff, leader of the Liberal Party, which holds 13 of the 25 seats in the House of Assembly.

List of premiers of Tasmania

Before the 1890s, there was no formal party system in Tasmania. Party labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. The current convention of appointing the premier from the House of Assembly was not generally applied prior to 1920, with premiers often appointed from the Legislative Council.[2]

No. Portrait Name Election Term of office Political party Constituency
Took office Left office Time in office
1 William Champ 1856 1 November 1856 26 February 1857 117 days Independent Launceston
2 Thomas Gregson 26 February 1857 25 April 1857 58 days Independent Richmond
3 William Weston 25 April 1857 12 May 1857 17 days Independent Ringwood
4 Francis Smith 12 May 1857 1 November 1860 3 years,

173 days

Independent Fingal
(3) William Weston 1 November 1860 2 August 1861 274 days Independent Longford
5 Thomas Chapman 1861 2 August 1861 20 January 1863 1 year,

171 days

Independent Queensborough
Campbell Town
6 James Whyte 1862 20 January 1863 24 November 1866 3 years,

308 days

Independent Pembroke
7 Sir Richard Dry 1866 24 November 1866 4 August 1869 2 years,

253 days

Independent Tamar
8 James Wilson 1871 4 August 1869 4 November 1872 3 years,

92 days

Independent Hobart
9 Frederick Innes 1872 4 November 1872 4 August 1873 273 days Independent Selby
10 Alfred Kennerley 4 August 1873 20 July 1876 2 years,

351 days

Independent Hobart
11 Thomas Reibey 20 July 1876 9 August 1877 1 year,

20 days

Independent Westbury
12 Philip Fysh 1877 9 August 1877 5 March 1878 208 days Independent East Hobart
13 William Giblin 5 March 1878 20 December 1878 290 days Independent Wellington
14 William Crowther 20 December 1878 30 October 1879 314 days Independent Queensborough
(13) William Giblin 1882 30 October 1879 15 August 1884 4 years,

290 days

Independent Wellington
15 Adye Douglas 15 August 1884 8 March 1886 1 year,

205 days

Independent South Esk
16 James Agnew 1886 8 March 1886 29 March 1887 1 year,

21 days

Independent Macquarie
(12) Philip Fysh 1891 29 March 1887 17 August 1892 5 years,

141 days

Protectionist Buckingham
17 Henry Dobson 1893 17 August 1892 14 April 1894 1 year,

240 days

Free Trade Brighton
18 Sir Edward Braddon 1897 14 April 1894 12 October 1899 5 years,

181 days

Free Trade West Devon
19 Elliott Lewis 1900 12 October 1899 9 April 1903 3 years,

179 days

Free Trade Richmond
20 William Propsting 1903 9 April 1903 12 July 1904 1 year,

94 days

Protectionist North Hobart
21 John Evans 1906
1909
12 July 1904 19 June 1909 4 years,

342 days

Anti-Socialist Kingborough
Franklin
(19) Sir Elliott Lewis 19 June 1909 20 October 1909 123 days Liberal League Denison
22 John Earle 20 October 1909 27 October 1909 7 days Labor Franklin
(19) Sir Elliott Lewis 1912 27 October 1909 14 June 1912 2 years,

231 days

Liberal League Denison
23 Albert Solomon 1913 14 June 1912 6 April 1914 1 year,

296 days

Liberal League Bass
(22) John Earle 6 April 1914 15 April 1916 2 years,

9 days

Labor Franklin
24 Walter Lee 1916 15 April 1916 12 August 1922 6 years,

119 days

Liberal League Wilmot
1919
1922
Nationalist
25 John Hayes 12 August 1922 14 August 1923 1 year,

2 days

Nationalist Bass
(24) Sir Walter Lee 14 August 1923 25 October 1923 72 days Nationalist Wilmot
26 Joseph Lyons 1925 25 October 1923 15 June 1928 4 years,

234 days

Labor Wilmot
27 John McPhee 1928
1931
15 June 1928 15 March 1934 5 years,

273 days

Nationalist Denison
(24) Sir Walter Lee 15 March 1934 22 June 1934 99 days Nationalist Wilmot
28 Albert Ogilvie 1934
1937
22 June 1934 10 June 1939 4 years,

354 days

Labor Franklin
29 Edmund Dwyer-Gray 11 June 1939 18 December 1939 190 days Labor Denison
30 Robert Cosgrove 1941
1946
18 December 1939 18 December 1947 8 years Labor Denison
31 Edward Brooker 18 December 1947 25 February 1948 69 days Labor Franklin
(30) Robert Cosgrove 1948
1950
1955
1956
25 February 1948 26 August 1958 10 years,

182 days

Labor Denison
32 Eric Reece 1959
1964
26 August 1958 26 May 1969 10 years,

273 days

Labor Braddon
33 Angus Bethune 1969 26 May 1969 3 May 1972 2 years,

343 days

Liberal Wilmot
(32) Eric Reece 1972 3 May 1972 31 March 1975 2 years,

332 days

Labor Braddon
34 Bill Neilson 1976 31 March 1975 1 December 1977 2 years,

245 days

Labor Franklin
35 Doug Lowe 1979 1 December 1977 11 November 1981 3 years,

345 days

Labor Franklin
36 Harry Holgate 11 November 1981 26 May 1982 196 days Labor Bass
37 Robin Gray 1982
1986
26 May 1982 29 June 1989 7 years,

34 days

Liberal Wilmot
Lyons
38 Michael Field 1989 29 June 1989 17 February 1992 2 years,

233 days

Labor Braddon
39 Ray Groom 1992
1996
17 February 1992 18 March 1996 4 years,

30 days

Liberal Denison
40 Tony Rundle 18 March 1996 14 September 1998 2 years,

180 days

Liberal Braddon
41 Jim Bacon 1998
2002
14 September 1998 21 March 2004 5 years,

189 days

Labor Denison
42 Paul Lennon 2006 21 March 2004 26 May 2008 4 years,

66 days

Labor Franklin
43 David Bartlett 2010 26 May 2008 24 January 2011 2 years,

243 days

Labor Denison
44 Lara Giddings 24 January 2011 31 March 2014 3 years,

66 days

Labor Franklin
45 Will Hodgman 2014
2018
31 March 2014 20 January 2020 5 years,

295 days

Liberal Franklin
46 Peter Gutwein 2021 20 January 2020 8 April 2022 2 years,

78 days

Liberal Bass
47 Jeremy Rockliff 8 April 2022 Incumbent 299 days Liberal Braddon

Graphical timeline

See also

Notes

  1. Tyeson, Cam (1 June 2021). "Here's How Much Every State Premier Gets Paid If You Wanna Get Boomer-Tier Mad About Yr Taxes". Pedestrian. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  2. Premier and Leader of the Opposition, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.
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