Loss of general election: Beginning of Bacon's period in office: On 13 July 1998 '... Premier Rundle called a snap state election for 29 August 1998. The Government's term of could have extended until May 2000. Clearly disillusioned with the complexities and frustration of minority government, Premier Rundle declared that: "This hung parliament has reached its use-by date. It has done a lot but can do no more" (Mercury, 14 July 1998). ... In a move aimed directly at his minority government supporters, the Greens, the Premier also announced that he would recall parliament on 22 July so that the Labor party parliamentary reform model could be passed. This legislation would cut the number of members in the House of Assembly from 35 to 25 and the Legislative Council from 19 to 15', Tony McCall, 'Tasmania', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, July-December 1998, 45 (2) June 1998: 292-300 at 292. The legislation was passed with the support of both the Liberal Party and the opposition Australian Labor Party, and brought into effect for the August general election for the House of Assembly at which the Australian Labor Party won 14 of the 25 seats. Bacon was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.
Change of party leader: Bacon resigned as Premier in March 2004 for health reasons, and Lennon was chosen by the Labor caucus to be leader of the party. Lennon was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government. For a survey of this transition, see Richard Herr, 'Tasmania', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, January-June 2004, 50 (4) December 2004: 623-629.
References: For Bacon's period in office, note that the Australian Journal of Politics and History has provided brief surveys of Tasmanian politics since 1956 in the 'Political Chronicle' section of the journal in issues of each annual volume. This publication can be viewed online through Wiley-Blackwell Journals at subscribing libraries. See also Tony McCall and Peter Hay, 'Jim Bacon/Paul Lennon: The Changing of the Guard -- From "the Emperor" to "Big Red" ', in John Wanna and Paul Williams (editors), (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2005 ISBN 0868408409).
For a brief survey of Bacon's career, see Wendy Rimon, 'Bacon, James Alexander (Jim) (1950-2004)', in Alison Alexander (editor), The Companion to Tasmanian History, p. 36, (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); the website of the Parliament of Tasmania, http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/