Mitch Williams (politician)

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The Honourable
Mitch Williams
Deputy Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
6 April 2010 – 23 October 2012
Preceded by Martin Hamilton-Smith
Succeeded by Steven Marshall
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Mackillop
Assumed office
11 October 1997
Preceded by Dale Baker
Personal details
Born Michael Richard Williams
(1953-06-27) 27 June 1953 (age 61)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party

Michael Richard "Mitch" Williams (born 27 June 1953) is a South Australian Liberal politician and farmer.[1] He resigned from the Liberal Party and was elected to the safe Liberal seat of MacKillop in the state's south east at the 1997 election as an independent, but re-joined the Liberal Party in 1999. He was re-elected in MacKillop as a Liberal at the 2002, 2006, 2010 and the 2014 state elections.

Political career[edit]

Williams was a member of the Liberal Party when he resigned in 1997 to run against Dale Baker as an independent. Williams took advantage of a public backlash against Mr Baker who was accused of impropriety over a forestry land deal. At the 1997 election Williams halved Mr Baker's primary vote and subsequently won the seat.[2]

Williams rejoined the Liberal Party in December 1999. He was re-elected in MacKillop at subsequent elections.

Williams was elected unopposed as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in South Australia on 6 April 2010.[3]

On 19 October 2012, Martin Hamilton-Smith announced he would be challenging Isobel Redmond for the parliamentary leadership of the South Australian Liberal Party, with Steven Marshall challenging Williams for the deputy leadership.[4] A partyroom ballot occurred on 23 October 2012, Redmond retained the leadership by one vote, however Marshall was elected to the deputy leadership after Williams withdrew at the last minute.[5]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Hamilton-Smith
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
in South Australia

2010 – 2012
Succeeded by
Steven Marshall
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Dale Baker
Member for MacKillop