Jack Snelling

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The Honourable
Jack Snelling
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Treasurer of South Australia
In office
8 February 2011 – 21 January 2013
Premier Mike Rann
Jay Weatherill
Preceded by Kevin Foley
Succeeded by Jay Weatherill
32nd Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly
In office
27 April 2006 – 25 March 2010
Preceded by Bob Such
Succeeded by Lyn Breuer
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Playford
Assumed office
11 October 1997
Preceded by John Quirke
Personal details
Born John James Snelling
(1972-11-08) 8 November 1972 (age 44)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party (SA)

John James "Jack" Snelling (born 8 November 1972) is an Australian politician in the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party who has been the member in the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Playford since the 1997 election.


Prior to his election into politics, Snelling was an electoral officer, and a staffer in the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA).[1] Snelling was a supporter of the work of Christopher Pearson.[2]


Entering parliament in 1997 at the age of 24, he was the youngest member of the House of Assembly at the time. He was Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly for the Mike Rann Labor government from 2006 to 2010. He also served as Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees. He is aligned with Labor's right faction.[3]

A consequence of the major 2016 electoral redistribution was that two thirds of the voters in Snelling's electorate of Playford will be moved to Florey. On 15 March 2017 he won Labor preselection to be the candidate for Florey at the 2018 election. The incumbent member for Florey, Frances Bedford, had also nominated for pre-selection.[4] On 28 March 2017, Bedford resigned from the party after they endorsed Snelling for the seat.[5] As with the rest of the crossbench, Bedford will continue to provide confidence and supply support to the incumbent Labor government. She has not decided if she will re-contest Florey as an independent.[6] A ReachTEL poll conducted on 2 March 2017 of 606 voters in post-redistribution Florey indicated a 33.4 percent primary vote for Bedford running as an independent which would likely see Snelling defeated after preferences.[7]


Following the 2010 election, Snelling was appointed as the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, Science, Information Economy, Veterans Affairs and Road Safety.[8]

Following the parliamentary resignation of Kevin Foley, Snelling was sworn in as the Treasurer of South Australia on 8 February 2011.[9]

Following the 2014 election, Snelling was appointed as the Minister for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Health Industries in the Weatherill Labor cabinet.

Current portfolios[edit]

In addition to Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, Snelling represents the following portfolios in the Cabinet of South Australia:[10]

  • Minister for Health
  • Minister for the Arts
  • Minister for Health Industries

Personal life[edit]

Jack Snelling is married to Lucia, and has six children. He met his wife through the Young Labor movement.[11]


  1. ^ Mayne, Stephen (25 January 2006). "Tracking the unionists in parliament". Crikey. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.spectator.co.uk/australia/australia-features/8935301/a-gift-for-friendship-2/
  3. ^ Owen, Michael (2010-03-23). "Left MP Tony Piccolo refuses to back move on Right's Kevin Foley". The Australian. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  4. ^ Richardson, Tom (16 March 2017). "“Labor needs to get back to its roots”: Friendless Frances takes Snelling to task". InDaily. Solstice Media. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Frances Bedford points finger at Labor's 'faceless men' as she quits the party". ABC News (Australia). 28 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Bedford bombshell "won't make much difference", Jay insists". InDaily. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Labor polling shows boundary redraw appeal loss means Jack Snelling could lose to veteran party MP Frances Bedford: The Advertiser 10 March 2017
  8. ^ Brett Williamson (25 March 2010). "Rann's reign continues as Labor Government sworn in". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Michael Owen (19 January 2010). "South Australia's Right faction to seal deputy role for Rau". The Australian. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Cabinet of South Australia: Premier.sa.gov.au
  11. ^ Swallow, Julian (2012-05-30). "The mum who runs Jack Snelling household". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Foley
Treasurer of South Australia
Succeeded by
Jay Weatherill
Preceded by
John Hill
Minister for Health and Ageing
Succeeded by
Zoe Bettison
as Minister for Ageing
as Minister for Health
as Minister for Health and Ageing
Minister for Health
New title Minister for Health Industries
Preceded by
Jay Weatherill
Minister for the Arts
Parliament of South Australia
New district Member for Playford
Preceded by
Bob Such
Speaker of the
South Australian House of Assembly

Succeeded by
Lyn Breuer