Former parliamentary speaker Josh Teague will be sworn in as South Australia's new attorney-general, taking the role from the embattled Vickie Chapman who is facing an ombudsman's inquiry.
Mr Teague is scheduled to become the state's chief law officer in a ceremony at Government House on Tuesday after being selected for the role by Premier Steven Marshall.
It comes after Ms Chapman stood aside from her cabinet positions and from her role as deputy premier on Monday amid ongoing conflict of interest claims and a no-confidence motion in parliament last week.
The motion came after a parliamentary committee found she had, on at least three occasions, misled the house over a rejected Kangaroo Island development.
Despite repeatedly maintaining she had done nothing wrong, Ms Chapman said she would stand aside to allow SA Ombudsman Wayne Lines to conduct an "independent" investigation into her rejection in August of the application to build a $40 million port on the island's north coast.
It was recently revealed her family owned property near a timber plantation that would have been logged and trucked to the proposed port.
"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," she said in a statement on Monday.
Mr Marshall "very reluctantly" accepted Ms Chapman's decision to stand aside and said the choice of the new attorney-general was a reasonably easy one given Mr Teague's background as a lawyer.
He said a meeting of the lower house Liberal partyroom would then vote on a new deputy premier, possibly later this week or early next week.
The premier said while he did not want to pre-judge the ombudsman's report, Ms Chapman continued to have his full support and he looked forward to her returning to cabinet.
"I've looked at all of the evidence presented to the select committee but it doesn't move me one single solitary inch from the position that I've always had," he said.
"I strongly support Vickie Chapman."
Australian Associated Press
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