ID 0095

State Government of Queensland beginning 19 August 1983 - period in office of Premier Bjelke-Peterson, Johannes ending on 1 December 1987

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

Bjelke-Peterson, Johannes
Date of beginning of period in office
19 August 1983
Date of end of period in office
1 December 1987 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of partisan support for premier/PM 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
National 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
22 October 1983
Gain in parliamentary support
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
QLD 1 November 1986Johannes Bjelke-PetersonNational PartyJohannes Bjelke-PetersonNational Party
QLD 22 October 1983Johannes Bjelke-PetersonNational PartyJohannes Bjelke-PetersonNational Party
QLD 29 November 1980Johannes Bjelke-PetersonNational PartyJohannes Bjelke-PetersonNational Party
QLD 12 November 1977Johannes Bjelke-PetersonNational PartyJohannes Bjelke-PetersonNational Party
QLD 7 December 1974Johannes Bjelke-PetersonNational PartyJohannes Bjelke-PetersonNational Party
QLD 27 May 1972Johannes Bjelke-PetersonCountry PartyJohannes Bjelke-PetersonCountry Party
QLD 17 May 1969Johannes Bjelke-PetersonCountry PartyJohannes Bjelke-PetersonCountry Party

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The Bjelke Peterson National Party and Liberal Party coalition government was replaced by a Bjelke Peterson National Party minority government on 19 August 1983. After the election of 22 October 1983, two former Liberal Party ministers joined the National Party to give the National Party a majority in the Legislative Assembly (Hughes 1986, 8).


Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986 (ISBN 0 08 033038 X).

There are small discrepancies in calculating the total valid vote given by Hughes (1986), and differences between these figures and those given by Jaensch (1986).