|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|TAS 22 April 1972||Walter Angus Bethune||Liberal Party||Eric Elliott Reece||Australian Labor Party|
|TAS 10 May 1969||Eric Elliott Reece||Australian Labor Party||Walter Angus Bethune||Liberal Party|
|TAS 2 May 1964||Eric Elliott Reece||Australian Labor Party||Eric Elliott Reece||Australian Labor Party|
|TAS 2 May 1959||Eric Elliott Reece||Australian Labor Party||Eric Elliott Reece||Australian Labor Party|
Loss of general election: Beginning of Reece's second period in office: The withdrawal of the Centre Party member, K O Lyons, from the coalition with the Liberal Party, prompted Bethune to request a dissolution for a general election of the House of Assembly on 22 April 1972 at which the Australian Labor Party won a substantial majority of seats. Reece became Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government; see W A Townsley, 'Tasmania', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, January-April 1972, 18 (2) August 1972: 261-301 at 288-291.
Change of party leader: At the annul state conference of the Australian Labor Party in Launceston in February 1975, a motion was passed that no member would be eligible for preselection as a Labor candidate if he or she were to exceed the age of 65 during the term of office for which he or she was being endorsed. Premier Reece who turned 66 in 1975, interpreted this motion as an expression of the party's unwillingness for him to continue as leader, and he resigned the following month. Caucus chose Neilson as the new leader and Neilson became Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government. For discussion on this transition, see Townsley, pp 317-334, particularly pp 333-334, (see 'References', below).
References: Terry Newman, Tasmanian Premiers 1856-1988: A Biographical Handbook, (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, ); For background on politics in Tasmania during this period, see W A Townsley, Tasmania: Microcosm of the Federation or Vassal State, 1945-1983, pp 301-346, (Hobart: St David's Park Publishing, 1994). For a survey of Labor Party politics in this period, see Richard Davis, Eighty Years' Labor: The ALP in Tasmania, 1903-1983, pp 57-84 (Hobart: Sassafras Books and the History Department, University of Tasmania, 1983, ISBN 0859012212).
For a brief survey of Reece's career, see Jillian Koshin, 'Reece, Eric Elliot AC (1909-99)', in Alison Alexander (editor), The Companion to Tasmanian History, p. 303, (Hobart: Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies, University of Tasmania, 2005, ISBN 186295223X), online at: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/
'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, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politcs 1965-1974, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1977, ISBN 0708113400), and the website of the Parliament of Tasmania, http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/