John James "Jack" Snelling (born 8 November 1972) is a former Australian politician. He was the Labor member for the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Playford from the 1997 election until his retirement in 2018.
|Treasurer of South Australia|
8 February 2011 – 21 January 2013
|Preceded by||Kevin Foley|
|Succeeded by||Jay Weatherill|
|32nd Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly|
27 April 2006 – 25 March 2010
|Preceded by||Bob Such|
|Succeeded by||Lyn Breuer|
|Member of the South Australian Parliament|
11 October 1997 – 17 March 2018
|Preceded by||John Quirke|
|Succeeded by||Michael Brown|
John James Snelling
8 November 1972
North Adelaide, South Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party (SA)|
Prior to his election into politics, Snelling was an electoral officer, and a staffer in the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA). Snelling was a supporter of the work of Christopher Pearson.
Entering parliament in 1997 at the age of 24, he was the youngest member of the House of Assembly at the time. He was Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly for the Rann Labor government from 2006 to 2010. He also served as Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees. He is aligned with Labor's right faction.
A consequence of the major 2016 electoral redistribution was that two thirds of the voters in Snelling's electorate of Playford will be moved to Florey. On 15 March 2017 he won Labor preselection to be the candidate for Florey at the 2018 election. The incumbent member for Florey, Frances Bedford, had also nominated for pre-selection. On 28 March 2017, Bedford resigned from the party after they endorsed Snelling for the seat. A ReachTEL poll conducted on 2 March 2017 of 606 voters in post-redistribution Florey indicated a 33.4 percent primary vote for Bedford running as an independent which would likely see Snelling defeated after preferences. Snelling withdrew from the pre-selection on 17 September 2017.
Once the ALP had retained power (though dependent on an independent parliamentarian's support) at the 2014 election, Snelling was appointed as the Minister for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Health Industries in the Weatherill Labor cabinet. He resigned from Cabinet on 17 September 2017, and announced that he would not be contesting the 2018 election, for which he had been preselected to the seat of Florey. He also served as Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly until 2017.
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| Treasurer of South Australia
| Minister for Health and Ageing
as Minister for Ageing
as Minister for Health
as Minister for Health and Ageing
| Minister for Health
|New title|| Minister for Health Industries
| Minister for the Arts
|Parliament of South Australia|
| Member for Playford
| Speaker of the
South Australian House of Assembly