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Labor Governments Rare In Victoria

Steve Bracks will become a member of a small group of Labor Premiers of Victoria when he takes the oath of office on October 20.

Only 6 people – five men and one woman – have been Labor Premiers since Victoria achieved responsible government in 1856.

Labor governments have taken office in Victoria for a total of only 19 years, 3 months and 14 days during this century.

Of that period, over half was during the Cain-Kirner years of the 1980s and early 1990s.

Labor Governments in Victoria
Premier Commenced Left Length
George Elmslie
9 Dec 1913
22 Dec 1913
13 days
George Prendergast
18 July 1924
18 Nov 1924
4 months
Edmond Hogan
20 May 1927
22 Nov 1928
1 year, 6 months, 2 days
Edmond Hogan
12 Dec 1929
19 May 1932
2 years, 5 months, 7 days
John Cain, snr
14 Sept 1943
18 Sept 1943
4 days
John Cain, snr
21 Nov 1945
20 Nov 1947
2 years
John Cain, snr
17 Dec 1952
7 June 1955
2 years, 5 months, 21 days
John Cain, jnr
8 April 1982
10 Aug 1990
8 years, 4 months, 2 days
Joan Kirner
10 Aug 1990
6 Oct 1992
2 years, 1 month, 26 days


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