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On 17 March 2018, after 16 years in office, the Labor party was finally ousted from government by the Liberal party. Steven Marshall, the 46th Premier took two elections to beat Jay Weatherill's Labor government, and now seeks to recalibrate state politics. Labor's electoral record is formidable, winning office from back-to-back elections in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, before finally succumbing in 2018. Strikingly, Labor only won the popular vote in 2006 during its period in office, which ironically might well partly explain its longevity. The factors that shaped Labor's 2014 win and 2018 loss are examined in this chapter. We are at the end a period of rather uncertain social democracy in the state and beginning of a period of liberal governing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSouth Australia
Subtitle of host publicationState of Transformation
EditorsJohn Spoehr
Place of PublicationSouth Australia
PublisherWakefield Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781743056233
ISBN (Print)9781743056059
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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