Stephen Baker (Australian politician)

Stephen John Baker (born 30 May 1946) was an Australian politician and 7th Deputy Premier of South Australia from 1993 to 1996. Baker represented the Liberal Party in the electoral district of Waite, formerly Mitcham in the House of Assembly.


Stephen Baker
7th Deputy Premier of South Australia
In office
14 December 1993 – 28 November 1996
PremierDean Brown
Preceded byFrank Blevins
Succeeded byGraham Ingerson
Treasurer of South Australia
In office
14 December 1993 – 10 October 1997
PremierDean Brown
John Olsen
Preceded byFrank Blevins
Succeeded byRob Lucas
Member for Waite
In office
11 December 1993 – 10 October 1997
Preceded byNew Division
Succeeded byMartin Hamilton-Smith
Member for Mitcham
In office
6 November 1982 – 11 December 1993
Personal details
Born (1946-05-30) 30 May 1946 (age 73)
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal Party

Hailing from the moderate faction in his party, he won the seat of Mitcham at the 1982 state election from Democrat MP Heather Southcott, the only single-member lower house seat anywhere in Australia to be held by a Democrat. Baker became Deputy Premier and Treasurer in the government of fellow moderate Dean Brown after the 1993 state election, but was deposed as deputy leader in favour of Graham Ingerson when John Olsen was successful in a November 1996 leadership coup. Baker announced his retirement two months before the 1997 state election, which some interpreted as an act of revenge. The hastily conducted preselection resulted in a win for the conservative faction, whose candidate Martin Hamilton-Smith defeated moderate Robert Lawson, which prompted Brown to complain of interference by federal conservative MPs Nick Minchin, Grant Chapman and Andrew Southcott.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Parkin, Andrew (June 1998). "Australian Political Chronicle: July–December 1997". Australian Journal of Politics and History. 4 (2): 286–287. ISSN 0004-9522.
  2. ^ The Poll Bludger - electoral district of Waite Archived 10 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Blevins
Deputy Premier of South Australia
1993 – 1996
Succeeded by
Graham Ingerson
Treasurer of South Australia
1993 – 1997
Succeeded by
Rob Lucas
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Heather Southcott
Member for Mitcham
1982 – 1993
District abolished
New division Member for Waite
1993 – 1997
Succeeded by
Martin Hamilton-Smith