Vickie Chapman

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Vickie Chapman

13th Deputy Premier of South Australia
Assumed office
19 March 2018
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded byJohn Rau
49th Attorney-General of South Australia
Assumed office
19 March 2018 (2018-03-19)
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded byJohn Rau
Deputy Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
4 February 2013 – 19 March 2018
LeaderSteven Marshall
Preceded bySteven Marshall
Succeeded byJohn Rau
In office
30 March 2006 – 4 July 2009
LeaderIain Evans
Martin Hamilton-Smith
Preceded byIain Evans
Succeeded byIsobel Redmond
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Bragg
Assumed office
9 February 2002
Preceded byGraham Ingerson
Personal details
Vickie Ann Chapman

(1957-06-21) 21 June 1957 (age 62)
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)
RelationsTed Chapman (father)
EducationUniversity of Adelaide

Vickie Ann Chapman (born 21 June 1957) is an Australian politician, representing the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Bragg for the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2002 election. Chapman has served as the Deputy Premier of South Australia and Attorney-General since 19 March 2018 in the Marshall government.[1]

Chapman has previously served as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition between 30 March 2006 and 4 July 2009, and again between 4 February 2013 and 19 March 2018, she was also the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for State Development, having gained the extra portfolio of State Development in a cabinet reshuffle on 13 January 2016.

Early life[edit]

Chapman was born on Kangaroo Island. One of seven children, Chapman attended the Kangaroo Island Parndana Area School, and following the death of her mother at age 12, she later attended Pembroke School in Adelaide, she studied a law degree at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 1979 as a barrister.

Chapman's father, Ted, was a member of the Liberal and Country League and then the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia in the South Australian House of Assembly. A Liberal moderate, Ted was a member of the Steele Hall-led Liberal Movement faction in the 1970s and Agriculture Minister in the David Tonkin government; as a young girl, Chapman assisted her father in Liberal campaigns for office.


At one stage the Liberal Party state president, Chapman attempted to win Liberal preselection for the federal division of Barker in 1998, her husband, David, died in 2001 and she moved from Wayville to Tusmore with her two children. She again tried to win preselection, this time for the safest Liberal seat in the metropolitan area, Bragg, located in Adelaide's wealthy eastern suburbs; when sitting member Graham Ingerson resigned, Chapman contested preselection against Liberal minister Michael Armitage, who was seeking to move from his marginal seat of Adelaide. Chapman easily gained preselection and retained Bragg with a slight 0.4-point two-party swing at the 2002 state election when the Liberals lost government. However, she won 61.9 percent of the primary vote, easily enough to retain the seat outright.

Chapman immediately joined the front bench, assuming the shadow portfolios of Education and Children's Services, she was soon touted by some quarters, within her party and in the media, as a future Liberal leader. In other quarters, however, Chapman was seen as a continuation of the factional battles that have long plagued the SA Liberals.

The Liberals were cut down to only 15 seats at the 2006 election landslide. Chapman herself suffered a substantial 6.8-point two-party swing, but still retained Bragg with a comfortable majority of 12.6 percent, leaving Bragg as the only safe Liberal seat in Adelaide and one of only four safe Liberal seats statewide. Chapman was elected as deputy Liberal leader, and hence Deputy Leader of the Opposition, in an unexpected joint ticket with factional rival Iain Evans. Strong backing was received from federal Sturt MP Christopher Pyne, a longtime factional ally of Chapman, as well as another prominent boss of the SA Liberals' moderate faction, former Premier Dean Brown,[2] she retained the deputy's post when Martin Hamilton-Smith ousted Evans as leader in 2007.

Hamilton-Smith called a leadership and deputy leadership spill for 4 July 2009. Chapman ran against Hamilton-Smith for the leadership, but received only 10 votes, against Hamilton-Smith's 11, with Evans abstaining. Conservative Isobel Redmond was elected to the deputy leadership to replace Chapman.[3] Hamilton-Smith called another leadership spill to take place on 8 July 2009, in an attempt to gain a more decisive mandate, but two days prior to the spill, he announced he would not run. Chapman again ran for the leadership but received only 9 votes, against Redmond's 13. Steven Griffiths was elected deputy leader 8 votes to 6 for Mitch Williams.[4]

Despite having attempted to previously oust Hamilton-Smith as leader and having attempted to later defeat Redmond in a leadership ballot, Chapman voted for Hamilton-Smith in his successful bid as deputy leader on 31 March 2010 in a vote held after the third consecutive Liberal loss at the 2010 election where Chapman gained a substantial 9.1-point two-party swing. Voting for Hamilton-Smith as deputy meant not voting for Evans.[5] Chapman drew headlines in the last week before the 2010 election for not being willing to publicly refuse challenging Redmond for the leadership and faced accusations, particularly by Hamilton-Smith, of derailing the Liberal campaign, with "Chapman Could Challenge" posters hung beneath many of the Liberal "Redmond is Ready" posters.[6]

Chapman was reappointed deputy opposition leader on 4 February 2013, and chose to announce she would rule out challenging new leader Steven Marshall.[7]

Upon the fourth consecutive Liberal loss at the 2014 election, Chapman suffered a 1.5-point two-party swing but still retained Bragg with a comfortably safe 68.7 percent two-party vote.

Personal life[edit]

One of her children is Channel 7 reporter Alex Hart [8]


  1. ^ "The South Australian Government Gazette, 19 March 2018, No. 18, Supplementary Gazette" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ South Australia’s 10 most poisonous political feuds: The Advertiser 21 May 2014
  3. ^ Emmerson, Russell (8 July 2009). "Second Liberal Party vote narrows". The Advertiser.
  4. ^ Kelton, Greg (9 July 2009). "Isobel Redmond wins South Australia Liberals leadership". The Advertiser.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Martin Hamilton-Smith blames Vickie Chapman for Liberals' SA State Election 2010 loss: The Advertiser 27 March 2010
  7. ^ Wills, Daniel; Novak, Lauren; Crouch, Brad (4 February 2013). "New state Liberals leader Steven Marshall safe from Vickie Chapman challenge". The Australian. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  8. ^,%20MR%20PETER.pdf

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Liberal leadership; The Advertiser (Adelaide). 12 October 2005.
  • Vickie's island in the suburbs. Sunday Mail (Adelaide). 2 January 2005.
  • Vickie Chapman: The woman most likely. The Advertiser (Adelaide). 26 October 2002.
  • Chapman in the front line. The Advertiser (Adelaide). 25 April 2002.
  • Libs line up in battle for blue-ribbon seat of Bragg. The Advertiser (Adelaide) 15 January 2001.
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Graham Ingerson
Member for Bragg
Political offices
Preceded by
Iain Evans
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
Succeeded by
Isobel Redmond
Preceded by
Steven Marshall
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
Succeeded by
Susan Close
Preceded by
John Rau
Deputy Premier of South Australia
Attorney-General of South Australia
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steven Marshall
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia
(South Australian Division)