Former South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to step down

Former South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to step down

The former South Australian premier Steven Marshall defended his political legacy as he prepares to relinquish the role of state liberal leader at a partyroom meeting today.

Since last month's election defeat to Labor, Marshall has maintained a low public profile, but this morning issued words of encouragement to parliamentary colleagues as they prepare to anoint a successor.

The former environment minister David Speirs, ex-speaker Josh Teague and south-east MP Nick McBride are all expected to contest today's ballot to replace Mr Marshall.

John Gardner, Vincent Tarzia and Tim Whetstone have been mooted as potential deputy leaders.

In 2013, Marshall acceded to the Liberal leadership and replaced Isobel Redmond.

He announced his intention to leave the role the day after the recent March 19 election.

Marshall said that he had been the greatest privilege to serve South Australians over his nine years as a Liberal leader and four years as a Premier.

He said that he looked forward to the future and watched the Liberal Party progress further under the direction of a new leader.

I am confident that the Liberal Party will return to government in 2026 to achieve the best outcomes for South Australians.

I am excited to take a step back and spend more time with my children while I continue to represent the people of Dunstan. Marshall said he and his colleagues could hold their heads high when reflecting on their record in office.

Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, we worked tirelessly to make sure South Australia emerges stronger than ever from the epidemic, he said.

I am proud of what we were able to achieve to make our state a better place including record employment, Adelaide being recognised as the third most liveable city in the world and establishing South Australia as our nation's space and defence state.