Dale Baker

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Dale Baker
33rd 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 (SA)

Dale Spehr Baker (30 January 1939 – 27 March 2012) was an Australian politician, and was South Australian Opposition Leader and Leader of the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1990 to 1992.

Parliament[edit]

Baker was elected member for the south-eastern rural seat of Victoria from the 1985 state election. Liberal leader John Olsen resigned following the 1989 state election loss with Baker succeeding him as Liberal leader two months later in 1990.

On just 23 percent, Baker recorded the lowest Newspoll approval rating for a South Australian Opposition Leader in history.[1][2]

Baker did not lead the Liberals to an election, resigning from the leadership in 1992, to be succeeded by Dean Brown. Baker's seat of Victoria was renamed to MacKillop from the 1993 state election. Baker remained in parliament until the 1997 state election where he unexpectedly lost his seat to independent Mitch Williams, who joined the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia in 1999.[3]

Later life[edit]

Baker had motor neurone disease (ALS) and was a supporter of voluntary euthanasia.[4] Baker died on 27 March 2012 from motor neurone disease.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Olsen
Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Dean Brown
Preceded by
Frank Blevins
as Minister for Mineral Resources
Minister for Mines and Energy
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Stephen Baker
Preceded by
Terry Groom
Minister for Primary Industries
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Rob Kerin
Vacant
Title last held by
Frank Blevins (1992)
Minister for Finance
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Stephen Baker
Preceded by
Stephen Baker
as Minister for Mines and Energy
Minister for Mines
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Rob Kerin
as Minister for Primary Industries,
Natural Resources and Regional Development
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Allan Rodda
Member for Victoria
1985–1993
Seat abolished
New seat Member for MacKillop
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Mitch Williams
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Olsen
Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division)
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Dean Brown