Premier of Tasmania

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Premier of Tasmania
Tasmania Coat of Arms.svg
Flag of Tasmania.svg
Jeremy-Rockliff.jpg
Incumbent
Jeremy Rockliff

since 8 April 2022
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Style
Status Head of government
Member of
Reports to Parliament
Seat Executive Building
15 Murray Street, Hobart
Appointer Governor of Tasmania
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the House of Assembly
Term length At 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 holder William Champ
Deputy Deputy Premier of Tasmania
SalaryA$301,397 [1]
Website www.premier.tas.gov.au

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]

Contents

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.PortraitNameElectionTerm of officePolitical partyConstituency
Took of officeLeft officeTime in office
1 William-Champ-1856.jpg William Champ 1856 1 November 185626 February 1857117 days Independent Launceston
2 Thomas Gregson.jpg Thomas Gregson 26 February 185725 April 185758 days Independent Richmond
3 William Weston Premier.jpg William Weston 25 April 185712 May 185717 days Independent Ringwood
4 Sir Francis Smith.jpg Francis Smith 12 May 18571 November 18603 years,

173 days

Independent Fingal
(3) William Weston Premier.jpg William Weston 1 November 18602 August 1861274 days Independent Longford
5 Thomas Chapman.jpg Thomas Chapman 1861 2 August 186120 January 18631 year,

171 days

Independent Queensborough
Campbell Town
6 James Whyte.jpg James Whyte 1862 20 January 186324 November 18663 years,

308 days

Independent Pembroke
7 Sir Richard Dry.jpg Sir Richard Dry 1866 24 November 18664 August 18692 years,

253 days

Independent Tamar
8 James Milne Wilson.jpg James Wilson 1871 4 August 18694 November 18723 years,

92 days

Independent Hobart
9 Frederick Innes.jpg Frederick Innes 1872 4 November 18724 August 1873273 days Independent Selby
10 Alfred Kennerley.jpg Alfred Kennerley 4 August 187320 July 18762 years,

351 days

Independent Hobart
11 Thomas Reiby.jpg Thomas Reibey 20 July 18769 August 18771 year,

20 days

Independent Westbury
12 Philip Fysh 1898.jpg Philip Fysh 1877 9 August 18775 March 1878208 days Independent East Hobart
13 WRGiblinsmall.jpg William Giblin 5 March 187820 December 1878290 days Independent Wellington
14 William Crowther.jpg William Crowther 20 December 187830 October 1879314 days Independent Queensborough
(13) WRGiblinsmall.jpg William Giblin 1882 30 October 187915 August 18844 years,

290 days

Independent Wellington
15 AdyeDouglas.jpg Adye Douglas 15 August 18848 March 18861 year,

205 days

Independent South Esk
16 James Agnew.jpg James Agnew 1886 8 March 188629 March 18871 year,

21 days

Independent Macquarie
(12) Philip Fysh 1898.jpg Philip Fysh 1891 29 March 188717 August 18925 years,

141 days

Protectionist Buckingham
17 Henry Dobson (1898).jpg Henry Dobson 1893 17 August 189214 April 18941 year,

240 days

Free Trade Brighton
18 Edwardbraddon.jpg Sir Edward Braddon 1897 14 April 189412 October 18995 years,

181 days

Free Trade West Devon
19 N.E. Lewis (1898).jpg Elliott Lewis 1900 12 October 18999 April 19033 years,

179 days

Free Trade Richmond
20 William Propsting.jpg William Propsting 1903 9 April 190312 July 19041 year,

94 days

Protectionist North Hobart
21 Sir John William Evans.jpg John Evans 1906
1909
12 July 190419 June 19094 years,

342 days

Anti-Socialist Kingborough
Franklin
(19) N.E. Lewis (1898).jpg Sir Elliott Lewis 19 June 190920 October 1909123 days Liberal League Denison
22 John Earle (Australian politician).jpg John Earle 20 October 190927 October 19097 days Labor Franklin
(19) N.E. Lewis (1898).jpg Sir Elliott Lewis 1912 27 October 190914 June 19122 years,

231 days

Liberal League Denison
23 Albert Edgar Solomon.jpg Albert Solomon 1913 14 June 19126 April 19141 year,

296 days

Liberal League Bass
(22) John Earle (Australian politician).jpg John Earle 6 April 191415 April 19162 years,

9 days

Labor Franklin
24 Sir Walter Lee.jpg Walter Lee 1916 15 April 191612 August 19226 years,

119 days

Liberal League Wilmot
1919
1922
Nationalist
25 John Blyth Hayes.jpg John Hayes 12 August 192214 August 19231 year,

2 days

Nationalist Bass
(24) Sir Walter Lee.jpg Sir Walter Lee 14 August 192325 October 192372 days Nationalist Wilmot
26 Joseph Lyons.jpg Joseph Lyons 1925 25 October 192315 June 19284 years,

234 days

Labor Wilmot
27 Sir John McPhee.jpg John McPhee 1928
1931
15 June 192815 March 19345 years,

273 days

Nationalist Denison
(24) Sir Walter Lee.jpg Sir Walter Lee 15 March 193422 June 193499 days Nationalist Wilmot
28 Albert Ogilvie.jpg Albert Ogilvie 1934
1937
22 June 193410 June 19394 years,

354 days

Labor Franklin
29 Edmund Dwyer Gray TasGovPhoto.jpg Edmund Dwyer-Gray 11 June 193918 December 1939190 days Labor Denison
30 Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg Robert Cosgrove 1941
1946
18 December 193918 December 19478 years Labor Denison
31 Edward Brooker.jpg Edward Brooker 18 December 194725 February 194869 days Labor Franklin
(30) Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg Robert Cosgrove 1948
1950
1955
1956
25 February 194826 August 195810 years,

182 days

Labor Denison
32 Eric Reece.jpg Eric Reece 1959
1964
26 August 195826 May 196910 years,

273 days

Labor Braddon
33 Angus Bethune.jpg Angus Bethune 1969 26 May 19693 May 19722 years,

343 days

Liberal Wilmot
(32) Eric Reece.jpg Eric Reece 1972 3 May 197231 March 19752 years,

332 days

Labor Braddon
34 Bill Neilson.jpg Bill Neilson 1976 31 March 19751 December 19772 years,

245 days

Labor Franklin
35 Doug Lowe premier.jpg Doug Lowe 1979 1 December 197711 November 19813 years,

345 days

Labor Franklin
36 No image.png Harry Holgate 11 November 198126 May 1982196 days Labor Bass
37 No image.png Robin Gray 1982
1986
26 May 198229 June 19897 years,

34 days

Liberal Wilmot
Lyons
38 No image.png Michael Field 1989 29 June 198917 February 19922 years,

233 days

Labor Braddon
39 No image.png Ray Groom 1992
1996
17 February 199218 March 19964 years,

30 days

Liberal Denison
40 No image.png Tony Rundle 18 March 199614 September 19982 years,

180 days

Liberal Braddon
41 No image.png Jim Bacon 1998
2002
14 September 199821 March 20045 years,

189 days

Labor Denison
42 No image.png Paul Lennon 2006 21 March 200426 May 20084 years,

66 days

Labor Franklin
43 DavidBartlettW1.JPG David Bartlett 2010 26 May 200824 January 20112 years,

243 days

Labor Denison
44 Lara Giddings.jpg Lara Giddings 24 January 201131 March 20143 years,

66 days

Labor Franklin
45 Will Hodgman apples cropped.jpg Will Hodgman 2014
2018
31 March 201420 January 20205 years,

295 days

Liberal Franklin
46 Peter Gutwein.jpg Peter Gutwein 2021 20 January 20208 April 20222 years,

78 days

Liberal Bass
47 Jeremy-Rockliff.jpg Jeremy Rockliff 8 April 2022Incumbent175 days Liberal Braddon

Statistics

The median age of a premier on the first day of their first term is roughly 50 years, and 24 days which falls between John McPhee and Henry Dobson. The youngest person to assume the office was Doug Lowe at 35 years and 200 days. The oldest person to assume office was James Agnew at 70 years and 157 days.

The oldest living former premier is Tony Rundle, born 5 March 1939 (age 83 years, 209 days). The youngest living premier is Lara Giddings, born 14 November 1972, (age 49 years, 320 days).

The longest-lived premier was Angus Bethune who died on 22 August 2004 aged 95 years and 347 days. Adye Douglas was the second longest-lived premier, aged 90 years and 314 days, 5 years and 33 days short of Bethune. Bethune surpassed Douglas' lifespan on 21 July 1999. The oldest living premier, Tony Rundle, will tie Douglas if he lives to 13 January 2030, and tie Bethune if he lives to 22 February 2035. The shortest-lived premier was William Giblin who died at the age of 46 years and 74 days on 17 January 1887.

The premier with the longest retirement is Francis Smith. He left office on 1 November 1860, and died 48 years and 77 days later on 17 January 1909. Doug Lowe left office on 11 November 1981. If he's still alive on 28 December 2029, he will surpass Smith's record, and become the premier with the longest retirement. The premier with the shortest retirement is Jim Bacon, who died on 20 June 2004, 91 days after leaving office on 21 March 2004.

#PremierBornTook officeAgeLeft officeAgeDiedLength of retirementLifespan
1 William Champ 15 April 18081 November 185648 years, 200 days26 February 185748 years, 317 days25 August 189235 years, 181 days84 years, 132 days
2 Thomas Gregson 7 February 179626 February 185761 years, 19 days25 April 185761 years, 77 days4 January 187416 years, 254 days77 years, 331 days
3 William Weston 28 November 180425 April 185752 years, 148 days2 August 186156 years, 247 days21 February 188826 years, 203 days83 years, 85 days
4 Francis Smith 13 February 181912 May 185738 years, 88 days1 November 186041 years, 262 days17 January 190948 years, 77 days89 years, 339 days
5 Thomas Chapman 31 October 18152 August 186145 years, 275 days20 January 186347 years, 81 days17 February 188421 years, 28 days68 years, 109 days
6 James Whyte 30 March 182020 January 186342 years, 296 days24 November 186646 years, 239 days20 August 188215 years, 269 days62 years, 143 days
7 Richard Dry 20 September 181524 November 186651 years, 65 days1 August 1869 [3] 53 years, 315 days1 August 186953 years, 315 days
8 James Milne Wilson 29 February 18124 August 186957 years, 157 days4 November 187260 years, 249 days29 February 18807 years, 117 days68 years, 0 days
9 Frederick Innes 11 August 18164 November 187256 years, 85 days4 August 187356 years, 358 days11 May 18828 years, 280 days65 years, 273 days
10 Alfred Kennerley 10 October 18104 August 187362 years, 298 days20 July 187665 years, 284 days15 November 189721 years, 118 days87 years, 36 days
11 Thomas Reibey 24 September 182120 July 187654 years, 300 days9 August 187755 years, 319 days10 February 191234 years, 185 days90 years, 139 days
12 Philip Fysh 1 March 18359 August 187742 years, 161 days17 August 189257 years, 169 days20 December 191927 years, 125 days84 years, 294 days
13 William Giblin 4 November 18405 March 187837 years, 121 days15 August 188443 years, 285 days17 January 18872 years, 155 days46 years, 74 days
14 William Crowther 15 April 181720 December 187861 years, 249 days30 October 187962 years, 198 days12 April 18855 years, 164 days67 years, 362 days
15 Adye Douglas 31 May 181515 August 188469 years, 76 days8 March 188670 years, 281 days10 April 190620 years, 33 days90 years, 314 days
16 James Agnew 2 October 18158 March 188670 years, 157 days29 March 188771 years, 178 days8 November 190114 years, 224 days86 years, 37 days
17 Henry Dobson 24 December 184117 August 189250 years, 237 days14 April 189452 years, 111 days10 October 191824 years, 179 days76 years, 290 days
18 Edward Braddon 11 June 182914 April 189464 years, 307 days12 October 189970 years, 123 days2 February 19044 years, 113 days74 years, 236 days
19 Elliott Lewis 27 October 185812 October 189940 years, 350 days14 June 191253 years, 231 days22 September 193523 years, 100 days76 years, 330 days
20 William Propsting 4 June 18619 April 190341 years, 309 days12 July 190443 years, 38 days3 December 193733 years, 144 days76 years, 182 days
21 John Evans 1 December 185512 July 190448 years, 224 days19 June 190953 years, 200 days2 October 194334 years, 105 days87 years, 305 days
22 John Earle 15 November 186520 October 190943 years, 339 days15 April 191650 years, 152 days6 February 193215 years, 297 days66 years, 83 days
23 Albert Solomon 7 March 187614 June 191236 years, 99 days6 April 191438 years, 30 days5 October 1914182 days38 years, 212 days
24 Walter Lee 27 April 187415 April 191641 years, 354 days22 June 193460 years, 56 days1 June 196328 years, 344 days89 years, 35 days
25 John Hayes 21 April 186812 August 192254 years, 113 days14 August 192355 years, 115 days12 July 195632 years, 333 days88 years, 82 days
26 Joseph Lyons 15 September 187925 October 192344 years, 40 days15 June 192848 years, 274 days7 April 193910 years, 296 days59 years, 204 days
27 John McPhee 4 July 187815 June 192849 years, 347 days15 March 193455 years, 254 days14 September 195218 years, 183 days74 years, 72 days
28 Albert Ogilvie 10 March 189022 June 193444 years, 104 days10 June 1939 [3] 49 years, 92 days10 June 193949 years, 92 days
29 Edmund Dwyer-Gray 2 April 187011 June 193969 years, 70 days18 December 193969 years, 260 days6 December 19455 years, 353 days75 years, 248 days
30 Robert Cosgrove 28 December 188418 December 193954 years, 355 days26 August 195873 years, 241 days25 August 196910 years, 364 days84 years, 240 days
31 Edward Brooker 4 January 189118 December 194756 years, 348 days25 February 194857 years, 52 days18 June 1948114 days57 years, 166 days
32 Eric Reece 6 July 190926 August 195849 years, 51 days31 March 197565 years, 268 days23 October 199924 years, 206 days90 years, 109 days
33 Angus Bethune 10 September 190826 May 196960 years, 258 days3 May 197263 years, 236 days22 August 200432 years, 111 days95 years, 347 days
34 Bill Neilson 27 August 192531 March 197549 years, 216 days1 December 197752 years, 96 days9 November 198911 years, 343 days64 years, 74 days
35 Doug Lowe 15 May 19421 December 197735 years, 200 days11 November 198139 years, 180 days40 years, 323 days80 years, 138 days
36 Harry Holgate 5 December 193311 November 198147 years, 341 days26 May 198248 years, 172 days16 March 199714 years, 294 days63 years, 101 days
37 Robin Gray 1 March 194026 May 198242 years, 86 days29 June 198949 years, 120 days33 years, 93 days82 years, 213 days
38 Michael Field 28 May 194829 June 198941 years, 32 days17 February 199243 years, 265 days30 years, 225 days74 years, 125 days
39 Ray Groom 3 September 194417 February 199247 years, 167 days18 March 199651 years, 197 days26 years, 196 days78 years, 27 days
40 Tony Rundle 5 March 193918 March 199657 years, 13 days14 September 199859 years, 193 days24 years, 16 days83 years, 209 days
41 Jim Bacon 15 May 195014 September 199848 years, 122 days21 March 200453 years, 311 days20 June 200491 days54 years, 36 days
42 Paul Lennon 8 October 195521 March 200448 years, 165 days26 May 200852 years, 231 days14 years, 127 days66 years, 357 days
43 David Bartlett 19 January 196826 May 200840 years, 128 days24 January 201143 years, 5 days11 years, 249 days54 years, 254 days
44 Lara Giddings 14 November 197224 January 201138 years, 71 days31 March 201441 years, 137 days8 years, 183 days49 years, 320 days
45 Will Hodgman 20 April 196931 March 201444 years, 345 days20 January 202050 years, 275 days2 years, 253 days53 years, 163 days
46 Peter Gutwein 21 December 196420 January 202055 years, 30 days8 April 202257 years, 108 days175 days57 years, 283 days
47 Jeremy Rockliff 5 February 19708 April 202252 years, 62 daysIncumbentIncumbentIncumbent52 years, 237 days

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Living former premiers

As of 30 September 2022, ten former premiers are alive, the oldest being Tony Rundle (199698, born 1939). The most recent premier to die was Sir Angus Bethune (196972), on 22 August 2004. The most recently serving premier to die was Jim Bacon (19982004), on 20 June 2004.

NameTerm as premierDate of birth
Doug Lowe 1977198115 May 1942 (age 80)
Robin Gray 198219891 March 1940 (age 82)
Michael Field 1989199228 May 1948 (age 74)
Ray Groom 199219963 September 1944 (age 78)
Tony Rundle 199619985 March 1939 (age 83)
Paul Lennon 200420088 October 1955 (age 66)
David Bartlett 2008201119 January 1968 (age 54)
Lara Giddings 2011201414 November 1972 (age 49)
Will Hodgman 2014202020 April 1969 (age 53)
Peter Gutwein 2020202221 December 1964 (age 57)

Oldest living premiers of Tasmania

Not all premiers live to become the oldest of their time. Of the 36 deceased premiers, 13 eventually became the oldest of their time, while 23 did not (including both premiers who died in office, and 21 others). Angus Bethune became the oldest living premier when Robert Cosgrove died in 1969 and remained so until his death in 2004 for a record 34 years and 363 days. Francis Smith became the oldest living premier when Adye Douglas died in 1906, but he survived Douglas by only 2 years and 282 days.

On one occasion the oldest living premier lost this distinction not by his death, but due to the appointment of a premier who was older. William Champ lost this distinction when Thomas Gregson was appointed, but when William Weston died in 1888, Champ regained it again until his own death in 1892 for a total period of 4 years and 303 days.

Thomas Reibey was the oldest to acquire this distinction at the age of 87 years and 115 days. Eric Reece, who was aged 90 years and 109 days when he died, on 23 October 1999 was the oldest premier to die without ever acquiring this distinction. Jim Bacon who died on 20 June 2004 aged 54 years and 36 days is the most recent premier to die without ever acquiring this distinction.

PremierPeriod when oldest living premierAgeDuration
Start dateEnd dateat startat end
William Champ 1 November 185626 February 185748 years, 200 days48 years, 317 days117 days
Thomas Gregson 26 February 18574 January 187461 years, 19 days77 years, 331 days16 years, 312 days
William Weston 4 January 187421 February 188869 years, 37 days83 years, 85 days14 years, 48 days
William Champ 21 February 188825 August 189279 years, 312 days84 years, 132 days4 years, 186 days
Alfred Kennerley 25 August 189215 November 189781 years, 320 days87 years, 36 days5 years, 82 days
Adye Douglas 15 November 189710 April 190682 years, 168 days90 years, 314 days8 years, 146 days
Francis Smith 10 April 190617 January 190987 years, 56 days89 years, 339 days2 years, 282 days
Thomas Reibey 17 January 190910 February 191287 years, 115 days90 years, 139 days3 years, 24 days
Philip Fysh 10 February 191220 December 191976 years, 346 days84 years, 294 days7 years, 313 days
John Evans 20 December 19192 October 194364 years, 19 days87 years, 305 days23 years, 286 days
John Hayes 2 October 194312 July 195675 years, 164 days88 years, 82 days12 years, 284 days
Walter Lee 12 July 19561 June 196382 years, 76 days89 years, 35 days6 years, 324 days
Robert Cosgrove 1 June 196325 August 196978 years, 155 days84 years, 240 days6 years, 85 days
Angus Bethune 25 August 196922 August 200460 years, 349 days95 years, 347 days34 years, 363 days
Tony Rundle 22 August 2004Current oldest living premier65 years, 170 daysCurrent oldest living premier18 years, 39 days
PremierStart dateEnd dateAge at startAge at endDuration

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Graphical timeline

Premier of Tasmania

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. 1 2 Premier and Leader of the Opposition, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.
  3. 1 2 Died in office on this date.
  4. 1 2 Updated daily according to UTC.

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