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Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory


Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory

Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
Katy Gallagher
Style The Honourable
Appointer Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Inaugural holder Rosemary Follett
Formation 11 May 1989

The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory is the head of government of the Australian Capital Territory. The leader of party with the largest representation of seats in the unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly usually takes on the role. Unlike in other states and territories, the Chief Minister of the ACT is not nominally appointed by an Administrator or Vice-Regal, but elected directly by the Assembly.[1] Since there are no local governments in the territory, the Chief Minister's role is not only roughly equivalent to that of the Premiers of the states of Australia, but also that of the mayor of a local council.

The current Chief Minister is Katy Gallagher of the Australian Labor Party, who was elected by the Assembly on 16 May 2011 following the resignation of Jon Stanhope on 12 May 2011.[2]

On 5 December 2014 Gallagher announced she would shortly resign as Chief Minister and from the territory parliament, and run to replace Kate Lundy in the Australian Senate. It is speculated that Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr will assume the position of Chief Minister.[3]

List of Chief Ministers

# Name Party Term Start Term End Timespan
1 Rosemary Follett Labor 11 May 1989 5 December 19891 0 years, 208 days
2 Trevor Kaine Liberal 5 December 1989 6 June 19912 1 year, 183 days
(1) Rosemary Follett Labor 6 June 1991 2 March 1995 3 years, 269 days
3 Kate Carnell Liberal 2 March 1995 18 October 20003 5 years, 230 days
4 Gary Humphries Liberal 18 October 2000 5 November 2001 1 year, 18 days
5 Jon Stanhope Labor 5 November 2001 12 May 20114 9 years, 188 days
6 Katy Gallagher Labor 16 May 2011 Incumbent 3 years, 280 days

1 Lost a no confidence vote in the Assembly originating from allegations made on a television program that the Follett led Labor Government had sought to secure by persuasion the vote of David Prowse, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, for the Business Franchise ("X" Videos) Bill.[4]
2 Lost a no confidence vote in the Assembly following unpopular decisions to close schools, close the Royal Canberra Hospital and amend planning laws that led to the collapse of the Kaine led Liberal Alliance Government with Residents Rally.[5]
3 Resigned when faced with a no confidence vote due to the high costs of the Bruce Stadium renovations; and was replaced by Gary Humphries without the motion being put to the Assembly.[6]
4 Resigned on 12 May 2011 for personal reasons; was replaced by his deputy Katy Gallagher on 16 May 2011 by vote of the Assembly.[7]

Graphical timeline

See also


  1. ^ "Assembly Debate".  
  2. ^ "Minutes of Proceedings - Monday, 16 May 2011". Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  3. ^ ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher to resign, run for the Senate: ABC 5 December 2014
  4. ^ "Assembly Debate".  
  5. ^ "Assembly Debate".  
  6. ^ "Assembly Debate".  
  7. ^ Shane Rattenbury, Speaker (16 May 2011). .  
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