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State Government of Queensland beginning 13 June 1998 - period in office of Premier Beattie, Peter Douglas ending on 13 September 2007



Period in office of premier (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Premier
Beattie, Peter Douglas
Date of beginning of period in office
13 June 1998
Date of end of period in office
13 September 2007 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office
3,379 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
--none--
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Minority
If change in parliamentary support during period
5 December 1998
Majority
Gain at by-election
If further change during period
--none--  

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
18
Number from party of premier
18
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
0
Number who are women
4

Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
QLD 9 September 2006Peter Douglas BeattieAustralian Labor PartyPeter Douglas BeattieAustralian Labor Party
QLD 7 February 2004Peter Douglas BeattieAustralian Labor PartyPeter Douglas BeattieAustralian Labor Party
QLD 17 February 2001Peter Douglas BeattieAustralian Labor PartyPeter Douglas BeattieAustralian Labor Party
QLD 13 June 1998Robert Edward BorbidgeNational PartyPeter Douglas BeattieAustralian Labor Party

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Notes

Loss of general election: Beginning of Beattie's period in office: On the defeat of the Borbidge National Party and Liberal Party coalition minority government at the general election held on 13 June 1998, Beattie was commissioned as Premier of a minority Australian Labor Party government supported by the Independent Peter Wellington (electoral district of Nicklin).

Change in parliamentary support: A by-election was held on 2 December 1998 for the electoral district of Mulgrave which had become vacant as a consequence of the resignation of Charles Rappolt, the sitting One Nation member. The Labor candidate, Warren Pitt, won the seat, giving the Beattie government a majority of the floor of the Legislative Assembly; for details, see John Wanna, 'Queensland', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, July December 1998, 45 (2) June 1999: 271-276 at pp 275-276.

Change of party leader: Beattie resigned as Premier, and Bligh was elected unopposed by the Labor caucus as leader. Bligh was then commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government. For a survey of the political context of this change of party leader, see Paul D Williams, 'Queensland', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, July-December 2007, 54 (2) June 2008: 308-314.

References: For survey of Beattie's period in office published two years before his resignation as Premier, see John Wanna and Paul Williams, 'Peter Beattie: The "Boy from Atherton" Made Good', in John Wanna and Paul Williams (editors), Yes, Premier: Labor Leadership in Australia's States and Territories, pp 61-88 (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2005).

Sources

Queensland Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)

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