|38th Premier of South Australia|
Elections: 1977, 1979, 1982
18 September 1979 – 10 November 1982
|Preceded by||Des Corcoran|
|Succeeded by||John Bannon|
|Member of the South Australian Parliament|
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||Graham Ingerson|
|Born||20 July 1929|
Adelaide, South Australia
|Died||2 October 2000|
Mengler Hill, South Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
Dr David Oliver Tonkin AO (20 July 1929 – 2 October 2000) was the 38th Premier of South Australia, from 18 September 1979 to 10 November 1982. He was elected to the South Australian parliament in the 1970 election. He became the state's leader of the Liberal Party in 1975. His party won the state elections in 1979, after Don Dunstan of the Labor Party had resigned as premier.
Tonkin's government focused on the economy while also continuing the socially progressive ideas of the previous government. He developed copper and uranium mining in the state, and made laws against discrimination. He also passed a land rights act through parliament that gave the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people ownership over most of their homeland in South Australia.
References[change | change source]
- Jory, R. (2000) "Gentleman politician with music in his soul", Adelaide Advertiser, p 18, 4 October 2000.
| Premier of South Australia
1979 – 1982