Lynn Arnold

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The Honourable Rev Dr
Lynn Arnold
40th Premier of South Australia
Elections: 1993
In office
4 September 1992 – 14 December 1993
Deputy Frank Blevins
Preceded by John Bannon
Succeeded by Dean Brown
Personal details
Born (1949-01-27) 27 January 1949 (age 65)
Political party Australian Labor Party

Lynn Maurice Ferguson Arnold, AO (born 27 January 1949) is an Anglican deacon and a former Australian politician, who was the Labor Premier of South Australia between 4 September 1992 and 14 December 1993.

After leaving politics, Arnold worked for World Vision from 1997 to 2007, and for Anglicare SA since March 2008. In November 2013 he was ordained a deacon of the Anglican Church.

Political career[edit]

Entering in Parliament as member for Salisbury on 15 September 1979,[1] he became a Minister with the election of the John Bannon Labor Government in 1982. He served as Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Agriculture and State Development. Arnold held the seat of Salisbury until it was abolished on 6 December 1985, he then represented Ramsay from 7 December 1985 to 11 December 1993.[1][2]

Arnold was elected Labor leader and Premier of South Australia upon the resignation of John Bannon, after the $3.1 billion collapse of the State Bank of South Australia. However, this did not appease voter anger at Labor, and Arnold's government lost in a landslide to the Liberal Party led by Dean Brown at the 1993 state election. Labor suffered a 14-seat swing and was knocked down to only 39 percent of the two-party vote, though Arnold himself was elected in the newly created seat of Taylor. Most commentators believe the landslide would have occurred regardless of the leader.

Almost a year after the election, Arnold resigned as Labor leader, and left politics. He was succeeded as Labor leader by his deputy, Mike Rann. His resignation sparked a by-election for Taylor on 5 November 1994, in which Trish White retained the seat for Labor.

Life after politics[edit]

In August 2003 Lynn Arnold received a PhD from the University of Adelaide. Dr Arnold conducted his research at the University's Graduate School of Education for his PhD in sociolinguistics and languages policies of Spain, especially Bable in the Asturias.[3]

Dr Arnold was Chief Executive of the humanitarian organisation World Vision Australia from 1997 until 2003. In 2003 he was appointed Regional Vice President of World Vision International for the Asia Pacific Region.[4] based in Bangkok, Thailand. In October 2006 he was appointed Senior Director (Board Development & Peer Review) for World Vision International, heading a team assisting World Vision boards and advisory councils in the development of their governance capacity and also for administering Peer Review programs in World Vision partnerships.

On 8 December 2007 the Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide, the Most Revd Jeffrey Driver, announced Dr Arnold's appointment as Chief Executive of Anglicare SA.[5] He was in this role from 18 March 2008.[6] to 30 June 2012, after which date he was exploring ordination to the Anglican priesthood.[7] He was succeeded at Anglicare SA by the Reverend Peter Sandeman.[8] He was ordained deacon in Adelaide in November 2013.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Hon Dr Lynn Arnold AO". Former Member of Parliament Details. Parliament of South Australia. 
  2. ^ SA Votes 2014: Ramsay
  3. ^ "Lynn Arnold to receive doctorate". The University of Adelaide (press release). 5 August 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Lynn Arnold, Vice President Asia Pacific Region". World Vision. 
  5. ^ "Anglicare SA appoints new chief executive". Anglicare SA (press release). 8 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Lynn Arnold pits Anglicare against ‘dead-end options’". Anglicare SA (press release). 18 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  7. ^ Dr Lynn Arnold announces resignation as CEO, (16 April 2012), Media Release, Anglicare SA accessed 10 May 2013
  8. ^ New CEO of Anglicare SA announced, (12 August 12), Media Release, Anglicare SA accessed 10 May 2013
  9. ^ "Former SA premier Lynn Arnold ordained as deacon by Anglican Church". ABC News. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Bannon
Premier of South Australia
1992 – 1993
Succeeded by
Dean Brown
Preceded by
Dean Brown
Leader of the Opposition
in South Australia

1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Mike Rann
Parliament of South Australia
New division Member for Ramsay
1985 – 1993
Succeeded by
Mike Rann
New division Member for Taylor
1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Trish White
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Bannon
Leader of the Australian Labor Party
(SA division)

1992 – 1994
Succeeded by
Mike Rann