ID 0292

State Government of Victoria beginning 30 July 2007 - period in office of Premier Brumby, John Mansfield ending on 2 December 2010

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

Brumby, John Mansfield
Date of beginning of period in office
30 July 2007
Date of end of period in office
2 December 2010 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

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

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

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
VIC 27 November 2010John Mansfield BrumbyAustralian Labor PartyEdward Norman BaillieuLiberal Party

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Change of party leader (Bracks): Beginning of Brumby's period in office; Premier Bracks resigned unexpectedly from both the premiership and the Legislative Assembly in July 1999. His resignation was widely attributed to the death of his son in a car accident and '... the intersection of his family life with the demands of politics.' Economou, p.303 (see, 'References', below). The Treasurer, Brumby, was elected by the Labor caucus unopposed as leader of the Labor Party on 29 July 1999, and commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government on 30 July 1999. A summary of the transition to the new government is provided by Economou, 2008, pp 303-305, (see 'References', below).

Loss of general election (Brumby): At the Legislative Assembly election held in November 2010, the Brumby government was only narrowly defeated even though its first preference vote share had fallen by almost 7 percent since the the previous Assembly general election in 2006. Brumby indicated his intention to resign from the leadership of the Australian Labor Party, and resigned from the Assembly later in the year.

References: The context of Bracks's resignation and Brumby's choice as leader are covered in Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicle, July to December 2007, 54 (2) June 2008: 302-308. For a detailed study of the election after which Bumby resigned, see Bella Lesman, Rachel Macreadie and Greg Gardiner, The 2010 Victorian State Election, Research Paper No.1, April 2011 (Melbourne: Research Services, Parliamentary Library, Department of Parliamentary Services, Parliament of Victoria, 2011, ISSN 1836-7941 Print, 1836-795X). A briefer survey and analysis can be found in Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, 57 (2) June 2011: 296-303.

The Australian Journal of Politics and History has given brief summaries of Victorian politics and government 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.