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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN STATE ELECTION
Massive Labor victory
27 March 2022
Labor has claimed a swift and decisive victory in South Australia’s 2022 state
The result represents an electoral disaster for the SA Liberals, and the worst
performance since the 2006 Rannslide. Key ministers have lost their seats. Labor
won a total of 27 seats and the Liberals 16. Four seats were won by
The leader of the Labor Party in SA, Peter Malinauskas has claimed victory,
promising to deliver a “fairer, better society and more opportunity for those who
need it most”.
Last week, Mr Malinauskas was sworn in as South Australia’s 47th Premier by
Governor Frances Adamson.
Susan Close was sworn in as the Deputy Premier, Minister for Industry,
Innovation and Science, Defence and Space Industries, Climate, Environment and
Water. Stephen Mullighan is the state’s new Treasurer.
Soon after he was sworn in as Premier, Mr Malinauskas met with Police
Commissioner Grant Stevens and Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier to
discuss the state’s management of COVID-19.
Following the discussions, quarantine for household close contacts has been
reduced from 14 days to seven days. Mask rules are expected to ease on April
“This is about bringing South Australia into line with the rest of the nation,”
Premier Peter Malinauskas said.
Steven Marshall resigns as leader
A day after the election, Mr Marshall announced he is stepping down as the
leader of the SA Liberal Party.
Mr Marshall will continue to serve as the Member for Dunstan in Adelaide’s
New Ministers appointed
The state’s new Attorney-General, will be Mr Kyam Maher. He will also hold the
portfolio of Industrial Relations and Public Sector and Aboriginal Affairs.
Independent Member for Stuart Geoff Brock has been sworn in as Minister for
Local Government, and Veterans Affairs.
Labor MP Nick Champion, who resigned from Federal Parliament to focus on
South Australia, has been given the portfolio for Trade, Investment, Housing,
Urban Development and Planning.
Labor’s longest serving MP Tom Koutsantonis retained his shadow roles of
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and Minister for Energy and Mining.
Joe Szakacs is the new Minister for Police, Emergency and Correctional Services.
Chris Picton is the new Minister for Health, Zoe Bettison is the Minister for
Tourism and Multicultural Affairs, and Nat Cook will be the Human Services
Blair Boyer is the new Minister for Education, Training and Skills, while Ms
Hildyard is now the Minister for Child Protection, Women, Prevention of
Domestic Violence, and Recreation, Sport and Racing.
Ms Scriven is the state’s new Primary Industries and Regional Development
Minister, and will also take on the Forest Industries portfolio.
Ms Michaels is the Minister for Small and Family Business, Consumer and
Business Affairs, and the Arts.
MLC Emily Bourke will serve as an assistant minister to the Premier, while the
newly-elected Member for King, Rhiannon Pearce will be assistant minister to the
Six of the 15 cabinet ministers are women.
Adelaide, South Australia