SA parliament: Vickie Chapman risks sparking major constitutional crisis

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As the South Australian parliament sits for the first time under a new government, a major “constitutional crisis” is brewing.

South Australia’s parliament will sit for the first time since Labor formed government in the March election as questions surround former deputy premier Vickie Chapman’s position.

Ms Chapman is expected to return to parliament on Tuesday despite announcing her intention to resign on May 31.

Speaker Dan Cregan wrote to Ms Chapman over the weekend, advising her she was no longer an MP.

He said under the state’s constitution, it did not allow members to set their own retirement date, so he considered her resignation to be immediate.

However, Ms Chapman opposed Mr Cregan’s interpretation.

“If Ms Chapman attends parliament this week, then the issue may be addressed at that time,’’ he told The Advertiser.

Manager of Government Business Tom Koutsantonis said Liberal Leader David Speirs needed to use his authority to direct Ms Chapman to “do the right thing”.

He said the former deputy premier could spark a “constitutional crisis” and risked putting the Chief Justice in an awkward position if she attended parliament.

“How many more times can Vickie Chapman damage David Speirs and the Liberal Party?” Mr Koutsantonis asked.

“Only (he) as Liberal Leader can intervene before parliament sits to end this fiasco.”

As he arrived to Parliament House, Premier Peter Malinauskas told waiting reporters he wasn’t concerned about the “chaos” involving Ms Chapman.

“That’s David Speirs’ problem,” he said.

Ms Chapman was seen leaving her inner eastern suburbs home dressed a yellow suit jacket and black dress this morning.

Five senior members of the Liberal Opposition will be absent from the sitting as they’re all in Covid isolation.

Mr Speirs and deputy Liberal leader John Gardner both tested positive to Covid-19 last week while health spokeswoman Ashton Hurn, former health Minister Stephen Wade and South-East MP Nick Mc­Bride since contracting the virus.

During the sitting, Mr Cregan will be presented to Governor Frances Adamson before she opens the parliament.

Labor formed a majority government after March 19 and holds 27 seats in the House of Assembly while the Liberal have 16 and independents hold four.

Originally published as ‘Fiasco’: South Australian MP risks sparking constitutional crisis


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