Rob Kerin

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The Honourable
Rob Kerin
43rd Premier of South Australia
Elections: 2002, 2006
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Sir Eric Neal
Marjorie Jackson
Deputy Dean Brown (2001-2002)
Preceded by John Olsen
Succeeded by Mike Rann
Deputy Premier of South Australia
In office
7 July 1998 – 22 October 2001
Preceded by Graham Ingerson
Succeeded by Dean Brown
38th Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
5 April 2002 – 18 March 2006
Preceded by Mike Rann
Succeeded by Iain Evans
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Frome
In office
11 December 1993 – 17 January 2008
Preceded by seat created
Succeeded by Geoff Brock
Personal details
Born Robert Gerard Kerin
(1954-01-04) 4 January 1954 (age 61)
Crystal Brook, South Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Robert Gerard Kerin (born 4 January 1954) was the Liberal Premier of South Australia from 22 October 2001 to 5 March 2002. He also served as Deputy Premier of South Australia to John Olsen from 7 July 1998 until he became premier upon Olsen's resignation.

Born to parents Maurice and Molly Kerin in Crystal Brook, Kerin attended the Adelaide Catholic secondary school, Sacred Heart College Senior. He was elected to parliament in 1993 as the member for the mid-north rural electoral district of Frome. Between 1995 and 2001 he held various ministries in the Dean Brown and John Olsen governments: Primary Industries, Natural Resources and Regional Development, Minerals and Energy, State Development, Tourism and Multicultural Affairs.

Kerin became Liberal leader and premier after Olsen's forced resignation, less than six months before the 2002 state election. The election resulted in a hung parliament. While Labor came up only one seat short of a majority, the Liberals won a bare majority of the two-party vote. Kerin looked set to return as premier due to the support of a number of conservative independents for the Liberal Party. In a surprise move, former Liberal candidate Peter Lewis, who had successfully run for election as an independent after quitting the Liberal Party, announced he would support Labor in return for becoming Speaker of the House of Assembly, making Labor leader Mike Rann the premier-elect of South Australia. Kerin, however, claimed that since the Liberals had won a majority of the two-party vote, he still had a mandate to stay in office unless Rann demonstrated he had enough support on the floor of the House to govern. Three weeks of political limbo ended on 5 March, when Kerin moved a motion of confidence in his government. The motion was defeated, leaving Kerin with no choice but to resign.[1]

Kerin remained Liberal leader, and hence Leader of the Opposition. His approach to leadership and parliamentary tactics was more congenial than usual; this led to both praise from those who saw him as a 'nice guy' and criticism from those who believed his style was ineffective compared to the media savvy and aggressive parliamentary tactics of the Rann government.

At the 2006 state election the Liberals were soundly defeated, suffering a statewide swing against them of about 7.7 percent. Following that loss, Kerin stood down as Liberal leader, but remained in parliament. He was succeeded as Liberal leader by Iain Evans.

In 2007, Kerin announced he would not be seeking re-election at the 2010 election.[2] Kerin announced on 11 November 2008 that he would resign from parliament immediately rather than at the next election.[3] This triggered a January 2009 by-election. Independent Geoff Brock won the seat in a very close contest.


  1. ^ Barker, Ann: Premier crowned in Sth Australia, The 7.30 Report (ABC), 5 March 2002.
  2. ^ Kelton, Greg: Ex-premier Kerin to quit, The Advertiser, 18 April 2007.
  3. ^ Greg Kelton, "Kero calls it quits", The Advertiser, 11 November 2008
Political offices
Preceded by
John Olsen
Premier of South Australia
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Mike Rann
Preceded by
Graham Ingerson
Deputy Premier of South Australia
1998 – 2001
Succeeded by
Dean Brown
Preceded by
Mike Rann
Leader of the Opposition in South Australia
2002 – 2006
Succeeded by
Iain Evans
Parliament of South Australia
New division Member for Frome
1993 – 2008
Succeeded by
Geoff Brock
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Olsen
Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (SA division)
2001 – 2006
Succeeded by
Iain Evans