Premier of Tasmania

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Premier of Tasmania
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Will Hodgman

since 31 March 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of Tasmania
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Inaugural holder William Champ
Formation1 November 1856

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]

Government of Tasmania state government of Tasmania, Australia

The Government of Tasmania, also referred to as the Tasmanian Government, is the executive authority of the state of Tasmania, Australia. The leader of the party or coalition with the confidence of the Tasmanian House of Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament of Tasmania, is invited by the Governor of Tasmania to form the Government of Tasmania. The head of the Government is the Premier of Tasmania.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

Tasmania island state of Australia

Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 km (150 mi) to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of around 526,700 as of March 2018. Just over forty percent of the population resides in the Greater Hobart precinct, which forms the metropolitan area of the state capital and largest city, Hobart.


Since the 2014 election, the Premier of Tasmania has been Will Hodgman, leader of the Liberal Party. Hodgman won a second term at the 2018 election, and now holds 13 of the 25 seats in the House of Assembly.

Will Hodgman Australian politician, 45th Premier of Tasmania

William Edward Felix Hodgman is an Australian politician who is the 45th and current Premier of Tasmania. He has been a member for the Division of Franklin in the Tasmanian House of Assembly since the 2002 state election. He became premier following the 2014 state election, having been Leader of the Opposition since 2006. He was re-elected to a second term in government following victory in the 2018 state election. In March 2018, he succeeded Angus Bethune as the longest-serving leader in the history of the Tasmanian Liberals. Hodgman is from Hobart and was educated at the University of Tasmania. Hodgman's father, uncle, and grandfather also served in the Parliament of Tasmania.

Liberal Party of Australia (Tasmanian Division) state division of the Liberal Party of Australia

The Liberal Party of Australia , commonly known as the Tasmanian Liberals, is the state division of the Liberal Party of Australia in Tasmania. The party currently governs in Tasmania. The party is part of the federal Liberal Party of Australia which governs nationally in Coalition with the National Party of Australia.

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]

Tasmanian Legislative Council upper house of the Parliament of Tasmania

The Tasmanian Legislative Council is the upper house of the Parliament of Tasmania in Australia. It is one of the two chambers of the Parliament, the other being the House of Assembly. Both houses sit in Parliament House in the state capital, Hobart. Members of the Legislative Council are often referred to as MLCs.

No.PremierPortraitPartyTerm of officeTime in office
1 William Champ WTN Champ.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 Unidentified participant at the Australasian Federal Convention, 4.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 Unidentified participant at the Australasian Federal Convention, 4.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 No image.png Labor 14 September 199821 March 20045 years, 189 days
42 Paul Lennon No image.png 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 2014present5 years, 81 days

Graphical timeline

Premier of Tasmania

Living former premiers

As of 24 January 2011, eight 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.

Anthony Maxwell Rundle AO was the Premier of the Australian State of Tasmania from 18 March 1996 to 14 September 1998. He succeeded Ray Groom and was succeeded himself by Jim Bacon. He is a Liberal who held the seat of Braddon between 1986 and 2002. A former journalist, he is married to Caroline Watt. He has twin daughters from his first marriage.

Angus Bethune (politician) Australian politician

Sir Walter Angus Bethune was an Australian politician and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. He was Premier of Tasmania from 26 May 1969 to 3 May 1972.

James Alexander Bacon, AC was Premier of Tasmania from 1998 to 2004.

NameTerm as premierDate of birth
Doug Lowe 1977198115 May 1942 (age 77)
Robin Gray 198219891 March 1940 (age 79)
Michael Field 1989199228 May 1948 (age 71)
Ray Groom 199219963 September 1944 (age 74)
Tony Rundle 199619985 March 1939 (age 80)
Paul Lennon 200420088 October 1955 (age 63)
David Bartlett 2008201119 January 1968 (age 51)
Lara Giddings 2011201414 November 1972 (age 46)

See also

Leader of the Opposition (Tasmania) parliamentary position of the House of Assembly of Tasmania, Australia

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Governor of Tasmania vice-regal representative of the Australian monarch in Tasmania

The Governor of Tasmania is the representative in the Australian state of Tasmania of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The Governor performs the same constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level as the Governor-General of Australia does at the national level.


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

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