Dale Baker

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Dale Baker
34th Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
12 January 1990 – 11 May 1992
Preceded by John Olsen
Succeeded by Dean Brown
Member for Victoria
In office
1985–1993
Preceded by Allan Rodda
Succeeded by seat abolished
Member for MacKillop
In office
1993–1997
Preceded by new seat
Succeeded by Mitch Williams
Personal details
Born (1939-01-30)30 January 1939
Died 27 March 2012(2012-03-27) (aged 73)
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Dale Spehr Baker (30 January 1939 – 27 March 2012) was an Australian politician, and was leader of the South Australian division of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1990 to 1992. Liberal leader John Olsen resigned following the 1989 election loss, Baker succeeded him, however he did not lead the Liberals to an election, resigning from the leadership in 1992, to be succeeded by Dean Brown.

Baker was the member for the south-eastern rural seat of Victoria (renamed MacKillop in 1993) from 1985 until 1997, when he unexpectedly lost his seat to independent Mitch Williams, who joined the Liberal Party in 1999.[1]

Baker had motor neurone disease (ALS) and was a supporter of voluntary euthanasia.[2] Baker died on 27 March 2012 from motor neurone disease.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Olsen
Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Dean Brown
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Allan Rodda
Member for Victoria/MacKillop
1985–1997
Succeeded by
Mitch Williams
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Olsen
Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (SA division)
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Dean Brown