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SA Liberals elect David Speirs as their new Leader
Former South Australian environment minister David Speirs has promised to
“rebuild the Liberal Party,” after being elected its new leader at a joint partyroom
meeting this morning.
Mr Speirs has replaced former premier Steven Marshall, who resigned as party
leader after last month’s state election loss.
”It is an honour to be elected as the leader of the South Australian Liberal Party
and I look forward to immediately getting to work and developing a new vision
for this great state,” Mr Speirs said.
“We represent a fresh, diverse, unified team which will rebuild the Liberal Party,
will cast an alternative vision for the state of South Australia, and will provide a
fresh approach to what leadership looks like – not just in our party, but in our
Former education minister John Gardner has been elected Deputy Leader.
Former Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman to quit
Voters in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs will go to the polls for a third time in just a
few months, with former deputy premier Vickie Chapman set to quit politics.
Ms Chapman told colleagues of her plan to quit on the same day they met to
elect former environment minister David Speirs as the party’s new leader.
Ms Chapman is taking leave interstate and was a notable absentee from the
Mr Speirs said he did not believe the timing of her decision was personal.
“I’ve never had a cross word with Vickie,” he said.
“We’ve obviously had policy discussions behind the closed doors of cabinet
where we haven’t necessarily been on the same page but those would be few
and far between.”
He said he was “sad to see her go”.
“I respect that decision but we must move forward and try and heal any divisions
that do remain in the party,” he said.
According to the ABC network, Ms Chapman will not formally tender her
resignation until after parliament resumes on May 3, meaning a by-election in
her safe seat of Bragg cannot be held on the same day as the federal election on
Adelaide, South Australia