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Premier of Tasmania
Incumbent
Jeremy Rockliff
since 8 April 2022
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Style
StatusHead of government
Member of
Reports toParliament
SeatExecutive Building
15 Murray Street, Hobart
AppointerGovernor of Tasmania
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the House of Assembly
Term lengthAt the Governor's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the lower house of Parliament
Constituting instrumentNone (constitutional convention)
Formation1 November 1856
First holderWilliam Champ
DeputyDeputy Premier of Tasmania
SalaryA$301,397[1]
Websitewww.premier.tas.gov.au

The premier of Tasmania is the head of the executive government in the Australian state of Tasmania. By convention, the leader of the party or political grouping which has majority support in the House of Assembly is invited by the governor of Tasmania to be premier and principal adviser.[2]

Since 8 April 2022, the premier of Tasmania has been Jeremy Rockliff, leader of the Liberal Party, which holds 13 of the 25 seats in the House of Assembly.

List of premiers of Tasmania

Before the 1890s, there was no formal party system in Tasmania. Party labels before that time indicate a general tendency only. The current convention of appointing the premier from the House of Assembly did not develop until the late 19th century, with eight premiers appointed from the Legislative Council (the last being Philip Fysh from 1887 to 1892).[2]

No. Portrait Name
Electoral division
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Election Party Monarch
Term start Term end Time in office
1 William Champ
MHA for Launceston
(1808–1892)
1 November
1856
26 February
1857
117 days 1856 Independent Victoria
(1837–1901)
Governor:
2 Thomas Gregson
MHA for Richmond
(1796–1874)
26 February
1857
25 April
1857
58 days Independent
3 William Weston
MHA for Ringwood
(1804–1888)
25 April
1857
12 May
1857
17 days Independent
4 Francis Smith
MHA for Fingal
(1819–1909)
12 May
1857
1 November
1860
3 years, 173 days Independent
(3) William Weston
MLC for Longford
(1804–1888)
1 November
1860
2 August
1861
274 days Independent
5 Thomas Chapman
MHA for Queensborough
(until 1862)
MHA for Campbell Town
(from 1862)

(1815–1884)
2 August
1861
20 January
1863
1 year, 171 days 1861 Independent
6 James Whyte
MLC for Pembroke
(1820–1882)
20 January
1863
24 November
1866
3 years, 308 days 1862 Independent
7 Sir Richard Dry
MLC for Tamar
(1815–1869)
24 November
1866
4 August
1869
2 years, 253 days 1866 Independent
8 James Milne Wilson
MLC for Hobart
(1812–1880)
4 August
1869
4 November
1872
3 years, 92 days Independent
1871
9 Frederick Innes
MHA for Selby
(1816–1882)
4 November
1872
4 August
1873
273 days 1872 Independent
10 Alfred Kennerley
MLC for Hobart
(1810–1897)
4 August
1873
20 July
1876
2 years, 351 days Independent
11 Thomas Reibey
MHA for Westbury
(1821–1912)
20 July
1876
9 August
1877
1 year, 20 days Independent
12 Philip Fysh
MHA for East Hobart
(1835–1919)
9 August
1877
5 March
1878
208 days 1877 Independent
13 William Giblin
MHA for Wellington
(1840–1887)
5 March
1878
20 December
1878
290 days Independent
14 William Crowther
MHA for Queensborough
(1817–1885)
20 December
1878
30 October
1879
314 days Independent
(13) William Giblin
MHA for Wellington
(1840–1887)
30 October
1879
15 August
1884
4 years, 290 days Independent
1882
15 Adye Douglas
MLC for South Esk
(1815–1906)
15 August
1884
8 March
1886
1 year, 205 days Independent
16 James Agnew
MLC for Macquarie
(1815–1901)
8 March
1886
29 March
1887
1 year, 21 days Independent
1886
(12) Philip Fysh
MLC for Buckingham
(1835–1919)
29 March
1887
27 August
1892
5 years, 141 days Protectionist
1891
17 Henry Dobson
MHA for Brighton
(1841–1918)
27 August
1892
14 April
1894
1 year, 240 days Free Trade
1893
18 Sir Edward Braddon
MHA for West Devon
(1829–1904)
14 April
1894
12 October
1899
5 years, 181 days Free Trade
1897
19 Sir Elliott Lewis
MHA for Richmond
(1858–1935)
12 October
1899
9 April
1903
3 years, 179 days Free Trade
1900
Edward VII
(1901–1910)
Governor:
20 William Propsting
MHA for North Hobart
(1861–1937)
9 April
1903
12 July
1904
1 year, 94 days 1903 Protectionist
21 John Evans
MHA for Kingborough
(until 1909)
MHA for Franklin
(from 1909)

(1855–1943)
12 July
1904
19 June
1909
4 years, 342 days Anti-Socialist
1906
1909
(19) Sir Elliott Lewis
MHA for Denison
(1858–1935)
19 June
1909
20 October
1909
123 days Liberal League
22 John Earle
MHA for Franklin
(1865–1932)
20 October
1909
27 October
1909
7 days Labor
(19) Sir Elliott Lewis
MHA for Denison
(1858–1935)
27 October
1909
14 June
1912
2 years, 231 days Liberal League
George V
(1910–1936)
Governor:
1912
23 Albert Solomon
MHA for Bass
(1876–1914)
14 June
1912
6 April
1914
1 year, 296 days Liberal League
1913
(22) John Earle
MHA for Franklin
(1865–1932)
6 April
1914
15 April
1916
2 years, 9 days Labor
24 Sir Walter Lee
MHA for Wilmot
(1874–1963)
15 April
1916
12 August
1922
6 years, 119 days 1916 Liberal League
(until 1917)
Nationalist
(from 1917)
1919
1922
25 John Hayes
MHA for Bass
(1868–1956)
12 August
1922
14 August
1923
1 year, 2 days Nationalist
(24) Sir Walter Lee
MHA for Wilmot
(1874–1963)
14 August
1923
25 October
1923
1 year, 72 days Nationalist
26 Joseph Lyons
MHA for Wilmot
(1879–1939)
25 October
1923
15 June
1928
4 years, 234 days Labor
1925
27 John McPhee
MHA for Denison
(1879–1939)
15 June
1928
15 March
1934
5 years, 273 days 1928 Nationalist
1931
(24) Sir Walter Lee
MHA for Wilmot
(1874–1963)
15 March
1934
22 June
1934
99 days Nationalist
28 Albert Ogilvie
MHA for Franklin
(1890–1939)
22 June
1934
10 June
1939
4 years, 353 days 1934 Labor
Edward VIII
(1936)
Governor:
George VI
(1936–1952)
Governor:
1937
29 Edmund Dwyer-Gray
MHA for Denison
(1870–1945)
11 June
1939
18 December
1939
190 days Labor
30 Robert Cosgrove
MHA for Denison
(1884–1969)
18 December
1939
18 December
1947
8 years, 0 days Labor
1941
1946
31 Edward Brooker
MHA for Franklin
(1891–1948)
18 December
1947
25 February
1948
69 days Labor
(30) Robert Cosgrove
MHA for Denison
(1884–1969)
25 February
1948
26 August
1958
10 years, 182 days Labor
1948
1950
Elizabeth II
(1952–2022)
Governor:
1955
1956
32 Eric Reece
MHA for Braddon
(1909–1999)
26 August
1958
26 May
1969
10 years, 273 days Labor
1959
1964
33 Angus Bethune
MHA for Wilmot
(1908–2004)
26 May
1969
3 May
1972
2 years, 343 days 1969 Liberal
(32) Eric Reece
MHA for Braddon
(1909–1999)
3 May
1972
31 March
1975
2 years, 332 days 1972 Labor
34 Bill Neilson
MHA for Franklin
(1925–1989)
31 March
1975
1 December
1977
2 years, 245 days Labor
1976
35 Doug Lowe
MHA for Franklin
(born 1942)
1 December
1977
11 November
1981
3 years, 345 days Labor
1979
36 Harry Holgate
MHA for Bass
(1933–1997)
11 November
1981
26 May
1982
196 days Labor
37 Robin Gray
MHA for Wilmot
(until 1984)
MHA for Lyons
(from 1984)

(born 1940)
26 May
1982
29 June
1989
7 years, 34 days 1982 Liberal
1986
38 Michael Field
MHA for Braddon
(born 1948)
29 June
1989
17 February
1992
2 years, 233 days 1989 Labor
39 Ray Groom
MHA for Denison
(born 1944)
17 February
1992
18 March
1996
4 years, 30 days 1992 Liberal
1996
40 Tony Rundle
MHA for Braddon
(born 1939)
18 March
1996
14 September
1998
2 years, 180 days Liberal
41 Jim Bacon
MHA for Denison
(1950–2004)
14 September
1998
21 March
2004
5 years, 189 days 1998 Labor
2002
42 Paul Lennon
MHA for Franklin
(born 1955)
21 March
2004
26 May
2008
4 years, 66 days Labor
2006
43 David Bartlett
MHA for Denison
(born 1968)
26 May
2008
24 January
2011
2 years, 243 days Labor
2010
44 Lara Giddings
MHA for Franklin
(born 1972)
24 January
2011
31 March
2014
3 years, 66 days Labor
45 Will Hodgman
MHA for Franklin
(born 1969)
31 March
2014
20 January
2020
5 years, 295 days 2014 Liberal
2018
46 Peter Gutwein
MHA for Bass
(born 1964)
20 January
2020
8 April
2022
2 years, 78 days Liberal
2021
47 Jeremy Rockliff
MHA for Braddon
(born 1970)
8 April
2022
Incumbent 1 year, 328 days Liberal
Charles III
(2022–present)
Governor:

Graphical timeline

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Tyeson, Cam (1 June 2021). "Here's How Much Every State Premier Gets Paid If You Wanna Get Boomer-Tier Mad About Yr Taxes". Pedestrian. Archived from the original on 8 April 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b Premier and Leader of the Opposition Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

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