Dean Brown

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The Honourable
Dean Brown
MHA
41st Premier of South Australia
Elections: 1993
In office
14 December 1993 – 28 November 1996
Deputy Stephen Baker
Preceded by Lynn Arnold
Succeeded by John Olsen
Deputy Premier of South Australia
In office
22 October 2001 – 5 March 2002
Preceded by Rob Kerin
Succeeded by Kevin Foley
Deputy Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
6 March 2002 – 21 November 2005
Preceded by Annette Hurley
Succeeded by Iain Evans
Member for Finniss
In office
11 December 1993 – 18 March 2006
Preceded by New District
Succeeded by Michael Pengilly
Personal details
Born (1943-04-05) 5 April 1943 (age 71)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Dean Craig Brown, AO (born 5 April 1943) was the Liberal Premier of South Australia between 14 December 1993 and 28 November 1996, and Deputy Premier of South Australia between 22 October 2001 and 5 March 2002 to Rob Kerin.

Political career[edit]

Dean Brown's political career was marked by his rivalry with John Olsen, the two representing the moderate and conservative wings of the South Australian Liberal Party respectively. He was first elected to Parliament in the seat of Davenport on 10 March 1973, and joined the Liberal Movement faction of the party. He served in the ministry of the government of David Tonkin from 1979 to 1982. In 1982, after the electoral defeat and retirement of David Tonkin, Olsen defeated Brown for the State Liberal Party leadership. For the 1985 election, an electoral redistribution left both Brown and Stan Evans vying for Liberal preselection for the safe Liberal seat of Davenport. Brown won preselection, but Evans stood as an Independent Liberal and won the seat.

Dean Brown returned to politics in 1992. The Labor government of John Bannon was embarrassed by the losses of the State Bank of South Australia, but the existing Liberal leader (Dale Baker) was failing to capitalise. The moderate and conservative wings of the Liberal party each convinced a sitting member to give up his safe seat (Ted Chapman giving up Alexandra for Brown, Roger Goldsworthy giving up Kavel for Olsen), allowing both Brown and Olsen to re-enter parliament at by-elections on the same day, the 1992 Kavel by-election and 1992 Alexandra by-election respectively, and contest the Liberal leadership. In the ensuing ballot, Brown narrowly defeated Olsen.

Brown became premier after leading the Liberals to a landslide electoral win at the 1993 South Australian election. The Liberals took 14 seats from Labor and won 61 percent of the two-party vote. With a 17-seat majority, Brown seemed to be in a formidable position. However, in 1996 Olsen successfully challenged for the leadership.

After Olsen resigned as premier in 2001, Brown sought to regain the top job that he had lost to Olsen in 1996 but lost out to Rob Kerin. As a concession to Brown, Kerin named Brown deputy premier. After the Liberal Party lost government at the 2002 State election, Brown became Deputy Opposition Leader until 2005 when he announced that he would leave politics at the 2006 election, and resigned the deputy leadership.

In October 2007, Brown was appointed special drought adviser to South Australian Premier Mike Rann.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Former Lib premier takes Labor support role, ABC Online, 17 October 2007

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lynn Arnold
Premier of South Australia
1993–1996
Succeeded by
John Olsen
Preceded by
Rob Kerin
Deputy Premier of South Australia
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Kevin Foley
Preceded by
Dale Baker
Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
1992 – 1993
Succeeded by
Lynn Arnold
Preceded by
Annette Hurley
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
2002 – 2005
Succeeded by
Iain Evans
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Joyce Steele
Member for Davenport
1973–1985
Succeeded by
Stan Evans
Preceded by
Ted Chapman
Member for Alexandra
1992–1993
District abolished
New district Member for Finniss
1993–2006
Succeeded by
Michael Pengilly
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dale Baker
Leader of the Liberal Party in South Australia
1992–1996
Succeeded by
John Olsen