ID 0262

State Government of Tasmania beginning 21 March 2004 - period in office of Premier Lennon, Paul Anthony ending on 26 May 2008



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

Premier
Lennon, Paul Anthony
Date of beginning of period in office
21 March 2004
Date of end of period in office
26 May 2008 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office
1,527 

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
Majority
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

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

Total number of ministers
9
Number from party of premier
9
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
1
Number who are women
3

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
TAS 18 March 2006Paul Anthony LennonAustralian Labor PartyPaul Anthony LennonAustralian Labor Party

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Notes

Change of party leader (Bacon): Beginning of Lennon's period in office: 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.

Change of party leader (Lennon): Lennon resigned as Premier, and Bartlett was chosen by the Labor caucus as leader. Bartlett was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government. For a survey of the political context of this change of party leader, see Richard Herr, 'Tasmania', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, January-June 2008, 54 (4) December 2008: 646-651.

References: For Lennon'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), Yes Premier: Labor Leadership in Australia's States and Territories, pp 224-252, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2005 ISBN 0868408409).

Sources

The website of the Parliament of Tasmania, http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/

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