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State Government of South Australia beginning 26 March 2014 - period in office of Premier Weatherill, Jay Wilson ending on 18 March 2018

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

Weatherill, Jay Wilson
Date of beginning of period in office
26 March 2014
Date of end of period in office
18 March 2018 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of partisan support for premier/PM 
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
Independent (Brock)
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
28 May 2014
Gain in parliamentary support
If further change during period
6 December 2014
Gain at by-election

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
SA 17 March 2018Jay Wilson WeatherillAustralian Labor PartySteven Spence MarshallLiberal Party
SA 15 March 2014Jay Wilson WeatherillAustralian Labor PartyJay Wilson WeatherillAustralian Labor Party

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Change of partisan support for premier: Beginning of Weatherill's second period in office; After the March 2014 general election for the House of Assembly, the Weatherill Australian Labor Party government lost its majority, winning only 23 of the 47 Assembly seats in the chamber. The Liberal Party won 22 seats, and two seats were won by Independents. After negotiations with the leaders of the Labor and Liberal parties, Independent member Geoff Brock agreed to support the Labor Party and become a minister in a Labor Party and Independent coalition government with a majority of 1 on the floor of the Assembly (note the difference between a coalition government and a minority government .

This change in the party composition of the parliamentary support for the premier meant that a second period in office had commenced for Weatherill (see previous period in office).

Further change of partisan support for premier: On 27 May 2014, Martin Hamilton-Smith, a member elected to the House of Assembly as a Liberal Party candidate and a former leader of the Liberal Party in South Australia, agreed to become a minister in the Weatherill ministry as an Independent. This gave the Weatherill Labor Party and Independent (Brock) coalition government an additional Independent member and ensured a comfortable working majority for the government. For details and commentary on this move, see Verity Edwards, 'Martin Hamilton-Smith’s ‘act of treachery and betrayal’ ensures survival of last Labor holdout', The Australian, 28 May 2014, online for subscribers: here [accessed 29 March 2018].

Shortly after the Assembly general election in March 2014, Independent member Bob Such had taken medical leave from parliament and died in October 2014. At the by-election for his seat of Fisher held in December 2014, an Australian Labor Party candidate was elected. This gave Premier Weatherill a Labor Party majority in the Assembly but he chose to continue his coalition government with the two Independents.