|Premier of Tasmania|
|Appointer||Governor of Tasmania|
|Term length||At the Governor's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||William Champ|
|Formation||1 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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.||Premier||Portrait||Party||Term of office||Time in office|
|1||William Champ||1 November 1856||26 February 1857||117 days|
|2||Thomas Gregson||26 February 1857||25 April 1857||58 days|
|3||William Weston||25 April 1857||12 May 1857||17 days|
|4||Francis Smith||12 May 1857||1 November 1860||3 years, 173 days|
|—||William Weston||1 November 1860||2 August 1861||274 days|
|5||Thomas Chapman||2 August 1861||20 January 1863||1 year, 171 days|
|6||James Whyte||20 January 1863||24 November 1866||3 years, 308 days|
|7||Sir Richard Dry||24 November 1866||4 August 1869||2 years, 253 days|
|8||James Wilson||4 August 1869||4 November 1872||3 years, 92 days|
|9||Frederick Innes||4 November 1872||4 August 1873||273 days|
|10||Alfred Kennerley||4 August 1873||20 July 1876||2 years, 351 days|
|11||Thomas Reibey||20 July 1876||9 August 1877||1 year, 20 days|
|12||Philip Fysh||9 August 1877||5 March 1878||208 days|
|13||William Giblin||5 March 1878||20 December 1878||290 days|
|14||William Crowther||20 December 1878||30 October 1879||314 days|
|—||William Giblin||30 October 1879||15 August 1884||4 years, 290 days|
|15||Adye Douglas||15 August 1884||8 March 1886||1 year, 205 days|
|16||James Agnew||8 March 1886||29 March 1887||1 year, 21 days|
|—||Philip Fysh||Protectionist||29 March 1887||17 August 1892||5 years, 141 days|
|17||Henry Dobson||Free Trade||17 August 1892||14 April 1894||1 year, 240 days|
|18||Sir Edward Braddon||Free Trade||14 April 1894||12 October 1899||5 years, 181 days|
|19||Elliott Lewis||Free Trade||12 October 1899||9 April 1903||3 years, 179 days|
|20||William Propsting||Protectionist||9 April 1903||12 July 1904||1 year, 94 days|
|21||John Evans||Anti-Socialist||12 July 1904||19 June 1909||4 years, 342 days|
|—||Sir Elliott Lewis||Liberal League||19 June 1909||20 October 1909||123 days|
|22||John Earle||Labor||20 October 1909||27 October 1909||7 days|
|—||Sir Elliott Lewis||Liberal League||27 October 1909||14 June 1912||2 years, 231 days|
|23||Albert Solomon||14 June 1912||6 April 1914||1 year, 296 days|
|—||John Earle||Labor||6 April 1914||15 April 1916||2 years, 9 days|
|24||Walter Lee||Liberal League||15 April 1916||12 August 1922||2 years, 9 days|
|25||John Hayes||Nationalist||12 August 1922||14 August 1923||1 year, 2 days|
|—||Sir Walter Lee||14 August 1923||25 October 1923||72 days|
|26||Joseph Lyons||Labor||25 October 1923||15 June 1928||4 years, 234 days|
|27||John McPhee||Nationalist||15 June 1928||15 March 1934||5 years, 273 days|
|—||Sir Walter Lee||15 March 1934||22 June 1934||99 days|
|28||Albert Ogilvie||Labor||22 June 1934||10 June 1939||4 years, 354 days|
|29||Edmund Dwyer-Gray||11 June 1939||18 December 1939||190 days|
|30||Robert Cosgrove||18 December 1939||18 December 1947||8 years, 0 days|
|31||Edward Brooker||18 December 1947||25 February 1948||69 days|
|—||Robert Cosgrove||25 February 1948||26 August 1958||10 years, 182 days|
|32||Eric Reece||26 August 1958||26 May 1969||10 years, 273 days|
|33||Angus Bethune||Liberal||26 May 1969||3 May 1972||2 years, 343 days|
|—||Eric Reece||Labor||3 May 1972||31 March 1975||2 years, 332 days|
|34||Bill Neilson||31 March 1975||1 December 1977||2 years, 245 days|
|35||Doug Lowe||1 December 1977||11 November 1981||3 years, 345 days|
|36||Harry Holgate||11 November 1981||26 May 1982||196 days|
|37||Robin Gray||Liberal||26 May 1982||29 June 1989||7 years, 34 days|
|38||Michael Field||Labor||29 June 1989||17 February 1992||2 years, 233 days|
|39||Ray Groom||Liberal||17 February 1992||18 March 1996||4 years, 30 days|
|40||Tony Rundle||18 March 1996||14 September 1998||2 years, 180 days|
|41||Jim Bacon||Labor||14 September 1998||21 March 2004||5 years, 189 days|
|42||Paul Lennon||21 March 2004||26 May 2008||4 years, 66 days|
|43||David Bartlett||26 May 2008||24 January 2011||2 years, 243 days|
|44||Lara Giddings||24 January 2011||31 March 2014||3 years, 66 days|
|45||Will Hodgman||Liberal||31 March 2014||present||5 years, 81 days|
As of 24 January 2011, eight former premiers are alive, the oldest being Tony Rundle (1996–98, born 1939). The most recent premier to die was Sir Angus Bethune (1969–72), on 27 August 2004. The most recently serving premier to die was Jim Bacon (1998–2004), 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.
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.
|Name||Term as premier||Date of birth|
|Doug Lowe||1977–1981||15 May 1942|
|Robin Gray||1982–1989||1 March 1940|
|Michael Field||1989–1992||28 May 1948|
|Ray Groom||1992–1996||3 September 1944|
|Tony Rundle||1996–1998||5 March 1939|
|Paul Lennon||2004–2008||8 October 1955|
|David Bartlett||2008–2011||19 January 1968|
|Lara Giddings||2011–2014||14 November 1972|
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