|40th Leader of the Opposition (SA)
8 July 2009 – 31 January 2013
|Deputy||Steven Griffiths (2009-2010),
Martin Hamilton-Smith (2010),
Mitch Williams (2010-2012),
Steven Marshall (2012-2013)
|Preceded by||Martin Hamilton-Smith|
|Succeeded by||Steven Marshall|
|Deputy Leader of the Opposition (SA)|
4 July 2009 – 8 July 2009
|Preceded by||Vickie Chapman|
|Succeeded by||Steven Griffiths|
|Member of the South Australian Parliament
9 February 2002
|Preceded by||David Wotton|
|Born||Isobel Mary Redmond
8 April 1953
Heathcote, New South Wales
|Political party||Liberal Party|
Isobel Mary Redmond (born 8 April 1953) was the parliamentary leader of the South Australian division of the Liberal Party of Australia and the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of South Australia between 2009 an 2013. The Redmond Liberals won 18 of 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly at the 2010 election, a gain of three since the previous election. Redmond has been the member for the electoral district of Heysen in the House of Assembly since 2002. She resigned as leader of the Liberal Party on 31 January 2013.
In the late 70s Redmond and her husband Jim moved to Stirling, South Australia in the Adelaide Hills. After receiving the winnings of a lotto ticket from her parents she set up her own legal firm. She also worked with Jay Weatherill and Patrick Conlon at Duncan Basheer in the early 90s.
Redmond was elected to the electoral district of Heysen in the South Australian House of Assembly at the 2002 state election and from 2004 held various shadow ministries. Redmond is linked to the conservative Evans family faction within the Liberal Party's South Australian division.
Redmond became deputy leader of the Liberal Party on 4 July 2009 after party leader Martin Hamilton-Smith called a leadership and deputy leadership spill. Hamilton-Smith retained the leadership, with Redmond replacing Vickie Chapman as deputy leader. Hamilton-Smith called a second leadership spill after a close 11 to 10 vote, and a few days later did not nominate himself for the leadership position. On 8 July 2009, Redmond was elected leader against Chapman by 13 votes to 9. Steven Griffiths was elected deputy leader, 8 votes to 6 against Mitch Williams. He stepped down from the deputy leadership after the 2010 election to be replaced by Hamilton-Smith.
The dodgy documents affair, known as "Dodgy-gate", which ultimately saw the downfall of Hamilton-Smith, resurfaced with revelations that Redmond was "a central figure in a strategy meeting in Mr. Hamilton-Smith's office the day the documents were used against the government", and that she was shown the documents and the accompanying questions, and was asked for and subsequently gave approval, based on being told the documents came from a Labor source, which Hamilton-Smith later admitted not to be true.
In the 47-member South Australian House of Assembly, the 2010 election saw the Redmond Liberals win only 18 of 47 seats despite winning the two party preferred vote, compared to 15 seats under the leadership of Rob Kerin at the 2006 election.
Redmond on behalf of the SA Liberals backed Mike Rann's support for same-sex marriage in October 2011. She joined all state Labor leaders and, later on a personal basis only, the LNP's Campbell Newman, in support of marriage equality.
Redmond has come under mounting internal party and media pressure over issues such as her performance during the 2010 election, dwindling approval polling during the Weatherill government, and Redmond's confirmations that she: answered a question that the best way to deal with workplace gender discrimination was to ignore it, backed unsuccessful candidate and SA Liberal Party director Bev Barber to replace Senator Mary Jo Fisher, considered replacing Fisher herself in the Senate, threatened to sue the Liberal Party in 2006 over a five percent levy on Liberal MP salaries introduced by Iain Evans to fund election campaigns, announced the cutting of a quarter of the public service which she subsequently said was not Liberal Party policy, and refusing to confirm speculation that Redmond was willing to offer the state Liberal leadership to former federal Liberal leader Alexander Downer.
On 19 October 2012, predecessor Martin Hamilton-Smith announced he would be challenging Redmond for the parliamentary leadership of the South Australian Liberal Party. Deputy leader Mitch Williams was challenged by Steven Marshall. The leadership ballot was called for 23 October, Redmond retained the leadership by one vote, however Marshall was elected to the deputy leadership.
Redmond resigned as the leader of the Liberal Party on 31 January 2013, citing the need to end "ongoing leadership speculation and disunity" as the primary factor in her decision. The Liberal Party chose Steven Marshall as her replacement.
Redmond is married to American teacher Jim Redmond with whom she raised three children, now all adults. She resides in the town of Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.
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Wills, Daniel (22 August 2012). "SA at risk of becoming an economic minnow like Tasmania, says Tony Abbott". Adelaide Now.
Wills, Daniel (14 September 2012). "Liberals all at sea in election rip tide as evidenced by Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond's gaffe". The Advertiser.
Martin, Sarah (15 September 2012). "Redmond says plan to axe public jobs a mistake". The Australian.
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Owen, Michael (22 September 2012). "Party proxies in place for leadership spill". The Australian.
Couch(sic), Brad (23 September 2012). "Time running out for Isobel Redmond to secure support from MPs". Sunday Mail (SA).
Debell, Penelope (13 October 2012). "Claims Isobel Redmond would step aside in favour of Alexander Downer". Sunday Mail (SA).
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- Wills, Daniel (23 October 2012). "Daniel Wills analysis - Isobel Redmond wins battle against Martin Hamilton-Smith, but at what price?". Adelaide Now.
|Parliament of South Australia|
|Member of Parliament
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Liberal Party in South Australia
2009 – 2013
|Leader of the Opposition of South Australia
2009 – 2013
|Deputy Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
2009 – 2009