|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 25 March 1916||John Earle||Australian Labor Party||Walter Henry Lee||Liberal Party|
Defeat in parliament: Beginning of Earle's second period in office: 'Labor won the Denison by-election in January 1914, and thereafter the House was equally divided 15-15. Evans, the Liberal Speaker, resigned in March and the Labor Party supplied a new Speaker, Woods. Earle then moved a motion of no confidence which was carried 15-14 on 1 April, the Independent member, Whitsitt [formerly a member of the Liberal Party], now voting with Labor. Solomon sought a dissolution which was refused and then resigned on 3 April', Hughes and Graham, p. 257 (see 'Sources', below). Earle was then commissioned as premier.
Loss of election: 'The Earle Government lost one seat to the Liberals at the March 1916 election. Earle immediately indicated that he would resign; the Liberal parliamentary party met on 10 April and confirmed Lee as its leader; Earle then resigned...', Hughes and Graham, p. 257 (see 'Sources', below).
References: For a description of the style of parliamentary government in this period, see John Reynolds, 'Premiers and Political Leaders', in F C Green (editor), Tasmania: A Century of Responsible Government 1856-1956, pp 208-215, (Hobart: L G Shea, Government Printer, ), and note Terry Newman, Tasmanian Premiers 1856-1988: A Biographical Handbook, (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, ), and note, R P Davis, 'Tasmania', in D J Murphy (editor), Labor in Politics: The State Labor Parties in Australia 1880-1920, pp 389-445, (St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1975, ISBN 0702209392). For a survey of Labor Party politics in this period, see Richard Davis, Eighty Years' Labor: The ALP in Tasmania, 1903-1983, pp 8-12 (Hobart: Sassafras Books and the History Department, University of Tasmania, 1983, ISBN 0859012212).
For a survey of Earle's career, see Marilyn Lake, 'Earle, John (1865 - 1932)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, pp 401-402 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), on line at: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A080425b.htm
'Ministries: Names of the Members of Successive Ministries which have held Office in Tasmania since the inauguration of Responsible Government, together with the Dates of Appointment and Retirement', Journal of House of Assembly, Second Session of the Forty-Fifth Parliament of Tasmania, Anno LIII and LV Eliz II; Session 2 of the 45th Parliament, Volume 251, 2004-2006, (Hobart: Government Printer, Tasmania); Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700), and the website of the Parliament of Tasmania, http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/