Premier of Tasmania

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Premier of Tasmania
Tasmania Coat of Arms.svg
Flag of Tasmania.svg
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Peter Gutwein

since 20 January 2020
Department of Premier and Cabinet
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

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. [1]


Since 20 January 2020, the Premier of Tasmania has been Peter Gutwein, 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. [1]

No.PremierPortraitPartyTerm of officeTime in office
1 William Champ William-Champ-1856.jpg 1 November 185626 February 1857117 days
2 Thomas Gregson Thomas Gregson.jpg 26 February 185725 April 185758 days
3 William Weston William Weston Premier.jpg 25 April 185712 May 185717 days
4 Francis Smith Sir Francis Smith.jpg 12 May 18571 November 18603 years, 173 days
William Weston William Weston Premier.jpg 1 November 18602 August 1861274 days
5 Thomas Chapman Thomas Chapman.jpg 2 August 186120 January 18631 year, 171 days
6 James Whyte James Whyte.jpg 20 January 186324 November 18663 years, 308 days
7 Sir Richard Dry Sir Richard Dry.jpg 24 November 18664 August 18692 years, 253 days
8 James Wilson James Milne Wilson.jpg 4 August 18694 November 18723 years, 92 days
9 Frederick Innes Frederick Innes.jpg 4 November 18724 August 1873273 days
10 Alfred Kennerley Alfred Kennerley.jpg 4 August 187320 July 18762 years, 351 days
11 Thomas Reibey Thomas Reiby.jpg 20 July 18769 August 18771 year, 20 days
12 Philip Fysh Philip Fysh 1898.jpg 9 August 18775 March 1878208 days
13 William Giblin WRGiblinsmall.jpg 5 March 187820 December 1878290 days
14 William Crowther William Crowther.jpg 20 December 187830 October 1879314 days
William Giblin WRGiblinsmall.jpg 30 October 187915 August 18844 years, 290 days
15 Adye Douglas AdyeDouglas.jpg 15 August 18848 March 18861 year, 205 days
16 James Agnew James Agnew.jpg 8 March 188629 March 18871 year, 21 days
Philip Fysh Philip Fysh 1898.jpg Protectionist 29 March 188717 August 18925 years, 141 days
17 Henry Dobson Henry Dobson (1898).jpg Free Trade 17 August 189214 April 18941 year, 240 days
18 Sir Edward Braddon Edwardbraddon.jpg Free Trade 14 April 189412 October 18995 years, 181 days
19 Elliott Lewis N.E. Lewis (1898).jpg Free Trade 12 October 18999 April 19033 years, 179 days
20 William Propsting William Propsting.jpg Protectionist 9 April 190312 July 19041 year, 94 days
21 John Evans Sir John William Evans.jpg Anti-Socialist 12 July 190419 June 19094 years, 342 days
Sir Elliott Lewis N.E. Lewis (1898).jpg Liberal League 19 June 190920 October 1909123 days
22 John Earle John Earle (Australian politician).jpg Labor 20 October 190927 October 19097 days
Sir Elliott Lewis N.E. Lewis (1898).jpg Liberal League 27 October 190914 June 19122 years, 231 days
23 Albert Solomon Albert Edgar Solomon.jpg 14 June 19126 April 19141 year, 296 days
John Earle John Earle (Australian politician).jpg Labor 6 April 191415 April 19162 years, 9 days
24 Walter Lee Sir Walter Lee.jpg Liberal League 15 April 191612 August 19222 years, 9 days
25 John Hayes John Blyth Hayes.jpg Nationalist 12 August 192214 August 19231 year, 2 days
Sir Walter Lee Sir Walter Lee.jpg 14 August 192325 October 192372 days
26 Joseph Lyons Joseph Lyons.jpg Labor 25 October 192315 June 19284 years, 234 days
27 John McPhee Sir John McPhee.jpg Nationalist 15 June 192815 March 19345 years, 273 days
Sir Walter Lee Sir Walter Lee.jpg 15 March 193422 June 193499 days
28 Albert Ogilvie Albert Ogilvie.jpg Labor 22 June 193410 June 19394 years, 354 days
29 Edmund Dwyer-Gray Edmund Dwyer Gray TasGovPhoto.jpg 11 June 193918 December 1939190 days
30 Robert Cosgrove Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg 18 December 193918 December 19478 years, 0 days
31 Edward Brooker Edward Brooker.jpg 18 December 194725 February 194869 days
Robert Cosgrove Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg 25 February 194826 August 195810 years, 182 days
32 Eric Reece Eric Reece.jpg 26 August 195826 May 196910 years, 273 days
33 Angus Bethune Angus Bethune.jpg Liberal 26 May 19693 May 19722 years, 343 days
Eric Reece Eric Reece.jpg Labor 3 May 197231 March 19752 years, 332 days
34 Bill Neilson Bill Neilson.jpg 31 March 19751 December 19772 years, 245 days
35 Doug Lowe Doug Lowe premier.jpg 1 December 197711 November 19813 years, 345 days
36 Harry Holgate No image.png 11 November 198126 May 1982196 days
37 Robin Gray No image.png Liberal 26 May 198229 June 19897 years, 34 days
38 Michael Field No image.png Labor 29 June 198917 February 19922 years, 233 days
39 Ray Groom No image.png Liberal 17 February 199218 March 19964 years, 30 days
40 Tony Rundle No image.png 18 March 199614 September 19982 years, 180 days
41 Jim Bacon JimBaconAU.jpg Labor 14 September 199821 March 20045 years, 189 days
42 Paul Lennon 21 March 200426 May 20084 years, 66 days
43 David Bartlett DavidBartlettW1.JPG 26 May 200824 January 20112 years, 243 days
44 Lara Giddings Lara Giddings.jpg 24 January 201131 March 20143 years, 66 days
45 Will Hodgman Will Hodgman apples cropped.jpg Liberal 31 March 201420 January 20205 years, 295 days
46 Peter Gutwein Peter Gutwein.jpg 20 January 2020Incumbent1 year, 119 days

Graphical timeline

Premier of Tasmania

Living former premiers

As of 20 January 2020, nine former premiers are alive, the oldest being Tony Rundle (199698, born 1939). The most recent premier to die was Sir Angus Bethune (196972), on 27 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 79)
Robin Gray 198219891 March 1940 (age 81)
Michael Field 1989199228 May 1948 (age 72)
Ray Groom 199219963 September 1944 (age 76)
Tony Rundle 199619985 March 1939 (age 82)
Paul Lennon 200420088 October 1955 (age 65)
David Bartlett 2008201119 January 1968 (age 53)
Lara Giddings 2011201414 November 1972 (age 48)
Will Hodgman 2014202020 April 1969 (age 52)

See also


  1. 1 2 Premier and Leader of the Opposition, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

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