Leader of the Opposition (Tasmania)

The Leader of the Opposition in Tasmania is the title of the leader of the largest minority party in the state lower house, the Tasmanian House of Assembly. He or she acts as the public face of the opposition, leads the opposition on the floor of parliament. They thus act as a chief critic of the government and ultimately attempt to portray the opposition as a feasible alternate government. They are also given certain additional rights under parliamentary standing orders, such as extended time limits for speeches. Should the opposition win an election, the Leader of the Opposition will usually be nominated to become the Premier of Tasmania.

The position of Leader of the Opposition was essentially informal throughout the nineteenth century, with formal recognition only being granted in the early twentieth century. As there was no party system until 1909, the loose ideological blocs in parliament tended to change regularly, and few people lasted in the position for more than one or two years at a time. The development of a party system gave the role greater significance, and it was subsequently given greater formal recognition, with an additional salary payment being accommodated for in 1927 and formal recognition in the parliamentary standing orders in 1937.

The current Leader of the Opposition is Rebecca White of the Labor Party. She has been in the role since 17 March 2017, having been elected unopposed after the resignation of Bryan Green.

Leader of the Opposition
Rebecca White MP
Rebecca White

since 17 March 2017
Term lengthWhile leader of the largest political party not in government
Inaugural holderThomas Gregson
FormationNovember 1856
DeputyMichelle O'Byrne

List of Leaders of the Opposition in Tasmania

No. Name Portrait Term of office Party
1 Thomas Gregson Thomas Gregson November 1856 February 1857
2 William Champ WTN Champ February 1857 April 1857
(1) Thomas Gregson Thomas Gregson April 1857 July 1862
3 Charles Meredith CharlesMeredith July 1862 January 1863
4 Thomas Chapman Thomas Chapman February 1863 June 1864
5 Sir William Dobson William Lambert Dobson June 1864 November 1866
(3) Charles Meredith CharlesMeredith November 1866 November 1872
6 William Giblin WRGiblinsmall November 1872 August 1873
7 Frederick Innes Frederick Innes August 1873 March 1875
8 Thomas Reibey Thomas Reiby August 1875 July 1876
(6) William Giblin WRGiblinsmall July 1876 June 1877
9 Philip Fysh Unidentified participant at the Australasian Federal Convention, 4 July 1877 August 1877
(8) Thomas Reibey Thomas Reiby September 1877 December 1878
(6) William Giblin WRGiblinsmall January 1879 October 1879
9 Alfred Dobson No image October 1882 July 1885
(8) Thomas Reibey Thomas Reiby July 1885 August 1886
10 Sir Edward Braddon Edwardbraddon August 1886 March 1887
11 Nicholas Brown Nicholas J. Brown (1898) July 1887 July 1889
12 William Burgess No image July 1889 August 1891
13 Henry Dobson Henry Dobson (1898) September 1891 August 1892
14 Stafford Bird Nla.obj-136644329-1 August 1892 February 1894
(10) Sir Edward Braddon Edwardbraddon February 1894 April 1894
15 Sir Elliott Lewis N.E. Lewis (1898) May 1894 November 1897
16 Andrew Clark Aeclark November 1897 May 1898
(14) Stafford Bird Nla.obj-136644329-1 June 1898 October 1899
(10) Sir Edward Braddon Edwardbraddon October 1899 March 1901 Free Trade
(8) Sir Thomas Reibey Thomas Reiby May 1901 October 1901 Protectionist
17 William Propsting William Propsting October 1901 April 1903 Protectionist
18 Robert Patterson No image May 1903 March 1904 Anti-Socialist
19 Sir John Evans Sir John William Evans March 1904 July 1904 Anti-Socialist
(17) William Propsting William Propsting July 1904 December 1905 Protectionist
20 Herbert Nicholls No image May 1906 January 1909 Protectionist
21 John Earle John Earle (Australian politician) June 1909 October 1909 Labor
(15) Sir Elliot Lewis N.E. Lewis (1898) October 1909 October 1909 Anti-Socialist
(21) John Earle John Earle (Australian politician) October 1909 April 1914 Labor
22 Albert Solomon Albert Edgar Solomon April 1914 October 1914 Liberal
23 Norman Ewing Norman Ewing - Swiss Studios (cropped) October 1914 September 1915 Liberal
24 Sir Walter Lee Sir Walter Lee September 1915 April 1916 Liberal
(21) John Earle John Earle (Australian politician) April 1916 November 1916 Labor
25 Joseph Lyons Joseph Lyons - Minister for Railways November 1916 October 1923 Labor
26 Edward Hobbs No image October 1923 November 1923 Country
27 James Newton No image November 1923 October 1924 Nationalist
(26) Edward Hobbs No image October 1924 July 1925 Country
28 Sir John McPhee Sir John McPhee July 1925 June 1928 Nationalist
(25) Joseph Lyons Joseph Lyons - Minister for Railways July 1928 September 1929 Labor
29 Benjamin Watkins No image September 1929 October 1929 Labor
30 Albert Ogilvie Albert Ogilvie October 1929 June 1934 Labor
(24) Sir Walter Lee Sir Walter Lee July 1934 July 1936 Nationalist
31 Henry Baker No image July 1936 February 1945 Nationalist
32 Neil Campbell Neil Campbell February 1945 February 1950 Liberal
33 Reginald Townley Reginald Townley 6 February 1950 26 June 1956 Liberal
34 Tim Jackson William Jackson Tasmania 26 June 1956 March 1960 Liberal
35 Sir Angus Bethune Angus Bethune 19 March 1960 27 May 1969 Liberal
36 Eric Reece Eric Reece 27 May 1969 4 May 1972 Labor
37 Max Bingham No image 4 May 1972 7 August 1979 Liberal
38 Geoff Pearsall No image 7 August 1979 11 November 1981 Liberal
39 Robin Gray No image 11 November 1981 27 May 1982 Liberal
40 Ken Wriedt No image 27 May 1982 19 February 1986 Liberal
41 Neil Batt No image 19 February 1986 14 December 1988 Liberal
42 Michael Field No image 14 December 1988 29 June 1989 Labor
43 Robin Gray No image 29 June 1989 17 December 1991 Liberal
44 Ray Groom No image 17 December 1991 17 February 1992 Liberal
45 Michael Field No image 17 February 1992 14 April 1997 Labor
46 Jim Bacon No image 14 April 1997 14 September 1998 Labor
47 Tony Rundle No image 14 September 1998 2 July 1999 Liberal
48 Sue Napier No image 2 July 1999 20 August 2001 Liberal
49 Bob Cheek No image 20 August 2001 6 August 2002 Liberal
50 Rene Hidding No image 6 August 2002 30 March 2006 Liberal
51 Will Hodgman Will Hodgman apples cropped 30 March 2006 31 March 2014 Liberal
52 Bryan Green No image 31 March 2014 17 March 2017 Labor
53 Rebecca White Rebecca White MP 17 March 2017 present Labor

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Bryan Green

Bryan Alexander Green (born 30 June 1957) is a former Australian politician. He was the leader of the parliamentary Labor Party in Tasmania from 2014 to 2017, and a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Braddon from 1998 to 2017.

Federation of Australia

The Federation of Australia was the process by which the six separate British self-governing colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia agreed to unite and form the Commonwealth of Australia, establishing a system of federalism in Australia. Fiji and New Zealand were originally part of this process, but they decided not to join the federation. Following federation, the six colonies that united to form the Commonwealth of Australia as states kept the systems of government (and the bicameral legislatures) that they had developed as separate colonies, but they also agreed to have a federal government that was responsible for matters concerning the whole nation. When the Constitution of Australia came into force, on 1 January 1901, the colonies collectively became states of the Commonwealth of Australia.

The efforts to bring about federation in the mid-19th century were dogged by the lack of popular support for the movement. A number of conventions were held during the 1890s to develop a constitution for the Commonwealth. Sir Henry Parkes, Premier of New South Wales, was instrumental in this process. Sir Edmund Barton, second only to Parkes in the length of his commitment to the federation cause, was the caretaker Prime Minister of Australia at the inaugural national election in 1901 in March 1901. The election returned Barton as prime minister, though without a majority.

This period has lent its name to an architectural style prevalent in Australia at that time, known as Federation architecture, or Federation style.

Herbert Nicholls

Sir Herbert Nicholls (11 August 1868 – 11 November 1940) was an Australian judge and politician, who was Chief Justice of Tasmania from 1914 to 1937, and as an independent member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1900 to 1909. In parliament, he served as Attorney-General (1903 to 1904) and Leader of the Opposition (1906 to 1909).

Leader of the Opposition

The Leader of the Opposition is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in a Westminster System of parliamentary government. The Leader of the Opposition is seen as the alternative Prime Minister, Premier or Chief Minister to the incumbent and heads a rival alternative government known as the Shadow Cabinet or Opposition Front Bench.

In many Commonwealth realms the full title is Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal opposition.

Max Bingham

Sir Eardley Max Bingham QC, known as Max Bingham, (born 18 March 1927) is a former Deputy Premier and Opposition Leader of Tasmania, who represented the electorate of Denison for the Liberal Party in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1969 to 1984.

Premier of Tasmania

The Premier of Tasmania is the head of the executive government in the Australian state of Tasmania. By convention, the leader of the party or political grouping which has majority support in the House of Assembly is invited by the Governor of Tasmania to be Premier and principal adviser.Since the 2014 election, the Premier of Tasmania has been Will Hodgman, leader of the Liberal Party. Hodgman won a second term at the 2018 election, and now holds 13 of the 25 seats in the House of Assembly.

Rebecca White

Rebecca Peta White (born 4 February 1983) is an Australian politician, who has served as the Leader of the Opposition in Tasmania and Leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party in Tasmania since March 2017. She has been a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Lyons since the 2010 state election. Before she was leader, White served as Shadow Minister for Health and Human Services, and Opposition Spokesperson for Children.

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