Mitch Williams (politician)
|Deputy Leader of the Opposition (SA)|
6 April 2010 – 23 October 2012
|Preceded by||Martin Hamilton-Smith|
|Succeeded by||Steven Marshall|
|Member of the South Australian Parliament
11 October 1997
|Preceded by||Dale Baker|
|Born||Michael Richard Williams
27 June 1953
|Political party||Liberal Party|
Michael Richard "Mitch" Williams (born 27 June 1953) is a South Australian Liberal politician and farmer. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
In 2014, Williams personally advocated for reform of the Freedom of Information Act. Williams believes that current legislation allows Ministers unprecedented power to block the release of documents outright. He has drawn attention to more progressive legislation implemented in New Zealand as a potential future model for South Australia. Williams believes that the New Zealand analog favours release over suppression, and points out that it assumes that all government documents are in the public interest and fit for release unless proven otherwise. As of September 2014, Williams has not formally presented a call for FoI reform to his party.
- "Mitch Williams MP State Member for Mackillop". Liberal Party of South Australia. 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
- ECSA: 1997 MacKillop results
- "No ballot needed for SA Liberal deputy". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 6 April 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- Ex SA Liberal leader wants top job back: ABC 19 October 2012
- Daniel Wills analysis - Isobel Redmond wins battle against Martin Hamilton-Smith, but at what price?: AdelaideNow 23 October 2012
- Royal, Simon (2014-09-20). "New Zealand Freedom of Information (FoI) model urged for South Australia". Retrieved 2014-09-22.
- "Profile: Mr. Mitch Williams". Parliament of South Australia (website). Government of South Australia.
- Richard Farmer (2006). "Mitch Williams". Richard Farmer's Political & Legislative Review.
|Deputy Leader of the Opposition
in South Australia
2010 – 2012
|Parliament of South Australia|
|Member for MacKillop
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