Jack Snelling

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The Honourable
Jack Snelling
Minister for Health and Ageing
Assumed office
21 January 2013
Premier Jay Weatherill
Preceded by John Hill
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 42)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party

John James "Jack" Snelling (born 8 November 1972) is an Australian politician who has been the sitting Labor member for the electoral district of Playford in the South Australian House of Assembly 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] 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.

Following the 2010 election, Snelling was appointed as the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, Science, Information Economy, Veterans Affairs and Road Safety.[2]

Following the parliamentary resignation of Kevin Foley, Snelling was sworn in as the Treasurer of South Australia on 8 February 2011.[3]

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.

Snelling is an admirer of the work of the late Christopher Pearson,[4] and has written an introduction for a selection of Pearson's works (edited by Nick Cater and Helen Baxendale, with another introduction by Tony Abbott) to be published under the title A Better Class of Sunset.[5]

2009 Delegation to Areva, France[edit]

Areva's nuclear industrial facilities at La Hague, France
Areva's nuclear industrial facilities at La Hague, France

While serving as the Speaker of the Rann government in South Australia, Jack Snelling undertook a parliamentary tour to established nuclear industrial facilities in France. It included visits made to a spent fuel reprocessing facility in La_Hague and a Nuclear_power_plant at Flamanville. Snelling returned to South Australia impressed by what his hosts Areva had shown him, and wrote in his report:

"It was clear to me that a nuclear industry can exist side-by-side agricultural and environmental industries. Normandy, where we visited, exports high-end foods around the world. It is not affected by its high dependence on nuclear power and the processing of spent fuel rods. South Australia's uranium deposits have the potential to transform our state economically. It is clear that the demand for electricity in the region will continue to grow and South Australia is well placed to take advantage of this."[6]

Snelling's report showed his sympathy for the nuclear industry. He stated:

"The nuclear industry is one which is often maligned through the promulgation of out-dated and incorrect information, particularly those associated with the environmental and health effects of nuclear power and reprocessing. Criticism of nuclear energy is also often fuelled in emotive terms that avoid discussion on current nuclear generation."[6]

Snelling ultimately recommended "that South Australia continues to expand uranium mining and exploration in this State and that we consider new ways of taking advantage of the increasing use of nuclear energy in the Asian region." He also met with Bill Muirhead, the Agent General for South Australia in London on the same tour.[6]


  1. ^ Mayne, Stephen (25 January 2006). "Tracking the unionists in parliament". Crikey. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Brett Williamson (25 March 2010). "Rann's reign continues as Labor Government sworn in". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Michael Owen (19 January 2010). "South Australia's Right faction to seal deputy role for Rau". The Australian. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.spectator.co.uk/australia/australia-features/8935301/a-gift-for-friendship-2/
  5. ^ http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=298
  6. ^ a b c Snelling, Jack (2009). Travel Report, Hon Jack Snelling MP, 18 May — 2 June 2009 (PDF). Adelaide, South Australia: Parliament of South Australia. pp. 4–6, 33–46. 

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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
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