Vickie Chapman: South Australian’s deputy premier steps aside as minister

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Powerful Australian politician steps aside as a minister after losing historic no confidence vote

  • SA Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, has resigned
  • Ms Chapman received a ‘vote of no confidence’ last Thursday
  • Vote is a result of failed $40 million Kangaroo Island development application
  • Parliamentary committee recommended her suspension over conflict of interest


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South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Attorney-General will stand aside from her roles after state parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the cabinet minister.

Vickie Chapman has been engulfed by conflict of interest claims after a parliamentary inquiry last week found she had repeatedly misled parliament over a rejected Kangaroo Island development application.

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Ms Chapman told The Advertiser she’s standing aside to allow SA Ombudsman Wayne Lines to conduct an ‘independent’ investigation into her rejection in August of the application to build a timber port on the island.

South Australia's Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman (pictured), has resigned after inquiry into failed Kangaroo Island development application

South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman (pictured), has resigned after inquiry into failed Kangaroo Island development application

‘I maintain that I have made the right decision in respect of the KI seaport proposal and that I had no conflict of interest, actual or perceived,’ Ms Chapman told The Advertiser on Monday.

On Thursday, MPs voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against Ms Chapman by 23 votes to 22 against.

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It was the first time in SA political history a no-confidence motion against a sitting minister had passed in the state’s lower house.

The development application proposed a timber port be built on Kangaroo Island (pictured), near where Ms Chapman owns a rental property

The development application proposed a timber port be built on Kangaroo Island (pictured), near where Ms Chapman owns a rental property

The vote came after a parliamentary committee earlier that day tabled its report on the $40 million Kangaroo Island development application.

Ms Chapman’s family owns a rental property on the island near the rejected development and she was accused of having a conflict of interest when she made that decision.

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She had told the committee she had no personal interest in any business or industry on the island.

A parliamentary inquiry into the proposal found Ms Chapman (pictured) had a conflict of interest and recommended her suspension

A parliamentary inquiry into the proposal found Ms Chapman (pictured) had a conflict of interest and recommended her suspension

But the committee found otherwise and recommended she be suspended from parliament for nine days and make a public apology for misleading statements about the application.

Premier Steven Marshall continues to stand by Ms Chapman, telling The Advertiser Ms Chapman had advised him on Sunday of her decision.

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‘I look forward to the conclusion of the inquiry and welcoming her back into Cabinet soon,’ Mr Marshall said.

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