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Deputy Premier of South Australia

Deputy Premier of South Australia
Coat of arms of South Australia
Incumbent
John Rau
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of South Australia
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Formation 26 March 1968
First holder Des Corcoran

The Deputy Premier of South Australia is the second-most senior officer in the Government of South Australia. The Deputy Premiership is a ministerial portfolio, and the Deputy Premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.

The current Deputy Premier is the Australian Labor Party's John Rau. He is also a minister, holding the position of Attorney-General.

History

The office of Deputy Premier was created in March 1968, for Des Corcoran, the deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party. Prior to that time the term was sometimes used unofficially for the second-highest ranking minister in the government, usually the Treasurer.

In both Labor and Liberal governments, the Deputy Premier is usually the party's deputy leader.

Two Deputy Premiers have subsequently become Premier in their own right: Des Corcoran and Rob Kerin. This last happened in 2001, when Rob Kerin became premier after John Olsen's resignation. Dean Brown did the reverse, becoming Deputy Premier to Rob Kerin, 5 years after his own premiership ended at the hands of John Olsen.

South Australia's longest-serving Deputy Premier is Kevin Foley, who served in the position from March 2002 to February 2011.

Duties

The duties of the Deputy Premier are to act on behalf of the Premier in his or her absence overseas or on leave. The Deputy Premier has always been a member of the Cabinet, and has always held at least one substantive portfolio (It would be technically possible for a minister to hold only the portfolio of Deputy Premier, but this

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