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The governor of South Australia is the representative in the
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South Australia
of
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. The governor performs the same constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level as does the
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at the national level. In accordance with the conventions of the
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of parliamentary government, the governor nearly always acts solely on the advice of the head of the elected government, the
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. Nevertheless, the governor retains the
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of the Crown, and has the right to dismiss the Premier. As from June 2014, the Queen, upon the recommendation of the Premier, accorded all current, future and living former governors the title 'The Honourable' for life. The first six governors oversaw the colony from
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in 1836, until
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and an elected
Parliament of South Australia The Parliament of South Australia is the bicameral legislature of the Australian state of South Australia. It consists of the 47-seat South Australian House of Assembly, House of Assembly (lower house) and the 22-seat South Australian Legislativ ...
was granted in the year prior to the inaugural 1857 election. The first Australian-born governor of South Australia was Major-General Sir James Harrison (appointed 1968), and most subsequent governors have been Australian-born. The first South Australian-born governor was Sir
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(appointed 1971), and the first
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governor was Sir Douglas Nicholls (appointed 1976). The current governor is diplomat
Frances Adamson Frances Jennifer Adamson, (born 20 April 1961) is an Australian public servant and diplomat who is the 36th Governor of South Australia, in office since 7 October 2021. Early life and education Adamson was born in Adelaide, South Australia, th ...

Frances Adamson
who was sworn in at
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on 7 October 2021,Frances Adamson announced as South Australia's new governor, replacing Hieu Van Le - ABC News
''ABC News'', 19 May 2021
replacing
Hieu Van Le Hieu Van Le, ( vi, Lê Văn Hiếu; born 1 January 1954) was the 35th governor of South Australia, in office from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2021. He served as the state's Lieutenant-Governor (Australia), lieutenant-governor from 2007 to 201 ...
,Former refugee Hieu Van Le sworn in as South Australia's governor during official ceremony
''ABC News'', 1 September 2014.
who held the role from 2014 to 2021. The governor's official residence is
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, in
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Adelaide
, the state's capital.


Role

Prior to self-government, the governor was responsible to the
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and was charged with implementing laws and policy. Currently, the governor is responsible for safeguarding the
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and facilitating the work of the Parliament and state government. The governor exercises power on the advice of ministers, conveyed through the Executive Council. Constitutional powers bestowed upon the governor and used with the consent and advice of the Executive Council include: * to appoint and dismiss ministers. * exercising the prerogative of mercy. * issuing regulations and proclamations under existing laws. * giving royal assent to bills passed by Parliament. * appointing judges, royal commissioners and senior public servants. * dissolving Parliament and issuing writs for elections. The governor additionally maintains 'reserve powers' which can be used without the consent of the Executive Council. These powers relate to the appointment and dismissal of ministers and Parliament.


Governor's standard

The governor standard of South Australia is the same design as the British blue ensign with the Union Flag at the upper left quarter. On the right side, the State Badge of South Australia, comprising a piping shrike in a golden disc, is surmounted by the St. Edward's crown. If the standard is flying at Government House, on a vehicle or at an event, this indicates that the governor is present. ;Past and present standards of the governor File: Flag of the Governor of South Australia (1870-1876).svg, 1870–1876 File: Flag of the Governor of South Australia (1876–1904).svg, 1876-1904 File: Flag of the Governor of South Australia (1904–1975).svg, 1904-1975 File: Flag of the Governor of South Australia.svg , 1975 -present


List of governors of South Australia


Administrators and lieutenant-governors

These people administered the government in the absence of the official governor.


External links


The Official Website of the Governor of South Australia



References

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South Australia South Australia (abbreviated as SA) is a States and territories of Australia, state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. With a total land area of , it is the fourth-largest of Austral ...
Parliament of South Australia South Australia-related lists 1836 establishments in Australia