Schubert MP Stephan Knoll is poised to make history later this week when Steven Marshall swears in his new Cabinet.
For the past 14 months, Mr Knoll has held Opposition spokesperson duties for police, emergency and correctional services. He is expected to continue his work in these folios at the very least when the newly minted Premier names his ministerial line-up this week.
If Mr Knoll – who has been re-elected to a second term as the region’s member – is named in the Marshall Government’s Cabinet, he will be the Barossa’s first minister in 80 years. The last member of parliament to represent the Barossa and hold a ministerial position was Angas MP Reginald John Rudall, a member of the Liberal and Country League party, who was immediately elevated to Cabinet when Sir Thomas Playford became Premier in 1938.
Mr Knoll is one of a number of fresh faced Liberal MPs preparing to step into government following a state election which ended 16 years of continuous Labor government and dismissed the challenge of Nick Xenophon’s SA Best party.
Mr Marshall’s Liberal Party pulled off a largely unpredicted victory, where they are likely to secure at least 24 seats in the 47-seat House of Assembly, a majority which gives them the ability to govern in their own right.
When the Herald spoke to Mr Knoll earlier this week, he refrained from commenting on his potential ministerial duties until Cabinet was confirmed by the Premier.
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