Kris Hanna

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Kris Hanna
Member for Mitchell in the South Australian House of Assembly
In office
11 October 1997 – 20 March 2010
Preceded by Colin Caudell
Succeeded by Alan Sibbons
Constituency Mitchell
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 51–52)
Nationality Australian Australia
Political party Labor 1997-2003
Greens 2003-2006
Independent 2006-2010

Kris Hanna (born 1962) was an Australian politician, and member for Mitchell in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1997 until 2010. Originally elected as a member of the Australian Labor Party, Hanna joined the SA Greens in 2003 before becoming an independent member in 2006.

Before entering Parliament, Hanna practised law, primarily in the areas of injury litigation and criminal defence. Hanna also served as a Councillor for the City of Marion from 1995 to 1997. He has since returned to practicing law since 2010.

Hanna is currently on the Boards of Victim Support Service, Reynella Neighbourhood Centre and Friends of Glenthorne (as President). He was formerly the Patron of Marion Cricket Club and South Adelaide Basketball Club, previously the longest-serving member of the Seaview High School Council and the former President of the Reynella Business & Tourism Association.[1]

While initially elected at the 1997 and 2002 elections as a member of the Labor Party, he defected to the Greens in early 2003. He ultimately resigned from the Greens on 8 February 2006 and ran in the 2006 election as an independent and won. His chances of retaining his seat in 2006 had been essentially written off by most commentators after his decision to become an independent, but he won a narrow victory after a very low Liberal primary vote and an endorsement from popular independent Nick Xenophon. He lost at the 2010 election despite receiving a swing, due to finishing third by a narrow margin after all non-major party preferences had been distributed.

Hanna sought to have his 2010 election loss overturned by the Supreme Court of South Australia, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, saying he fell victim to "misleading and defamatory" leaflets and posters distributed by the Labor Party. The court ruled the leaflets - labelling Hanna "soft on crime" - were defamatory and not factual, yet there was a right to express such opinions. The court dismissed Hanna's case.[2]

Hanna unsuccessfully re-contested the seat of Mitchell at the 2014 election.[3]

Some of the local issues Hanna was known to campaign for were: upgrading the Oaklands rail crossing, making Glenthorne a forested recreational park, and turning the old O’Halloran Hill TAFE site into a high school.[4] Hanna supports tougher sentences for violent offenders and major electoral and parliamentary reforms for State MPs.[5]

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