Jane Lomax-Smith

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The Hon. Dr Jane Diane Lomax-Smith, AM (born 19 June 1950 in the United Kingdom) is an Australian politician and histopathologist (morbid anatomist). She was in Local Government for 9 years, as a councillor for three terms and Lord Mayor of Adelaide for two terms. She was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Adelaide representing the Labor Party from 2002 to 2010, and throughout this time was a Minister of Education and Tourism and a range of other portfolios. In 2010-2011 she was the Interim Director of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus). Since 2011 she has been the chair of the Board of the South Australian Museum.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Lomax-Smith was born in Walthamstow in the East End of London, in the United Kingdom. She attended the Woodford County High School Grammar School, and received a grant to attend the London Hospital Medical College, in Whitechapel, where she obtained her medical degree (BSc MBBS) and BSc(Hons).[3][4] After migrating to Australia, she was made FRCPA (Fellow Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia) in 1984 and received a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in 1985 on "IgA Nephropathy and Liver Disease”. Before entering politics she was a clinical pathologist, medical researcher and teacher.

Political career[edit]

Lomax-Smith first entered public office in 1991. She served as Lord Mayor of Adelaide in 1997-2000.

At the 2002 state election she was elected a member of the South Australian House of Assembly for the seat of Adelaide, defeating the Liberal Party candidate Michael Harbison, who had been preselected after the retirement of the Liberal Party incumbent Michael Armitage. She retained the seat at the 2006 election with a 60 percent two-party vote but was defeated at the 2010 election by Liberal candidate Rachel Sanderson,[5] with a two-party preferred swing of 14.5 percent, the second-largest swing at that election.[6]

She variously served as the South Australian State Minister for Education, Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Minister for Tourism, and Minister for the City of Adelaide between 2002 and 2010 in Premier Rann's Labor Government.

Later career[edit]

In October 2010 the Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, announced a Higher Education Base Funding Review, to be chaired by Lomax-Smith. The review was released in December 2011.[7]

On 28 November 2010, the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) announced that Lomax-Smith was to act in the role of Director until a permanent appointment was made, but that she would not be an applicant for the permanent role.[8]

On 18 August 2011 Premier Mike Rann announced that Lomax-Smith had been appointed as the new chair of the South Australian Museum board.[1]

As of 2016, Lomax-Smith has a position on the Advisory Board of UCL Australia.

Personal life[edit]

Lomax-Smith is married with two children,[4] and lives within the City of Adelaide.


  1. ^ a b Martin, Sarah (2011-08-19). "Former Rann Cabinet minister Jane Lomax-Smith to chair South Australian Museum". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  2. ^ Museum Board
  3. ^ "About Jane". Jane Lomax-Smith Personal Website. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Hon JANE LOMAX-SMITH MP". Ministers - Premier & Ministers of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "2010 South Australian Election: Adelaide". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Green, Antony. "Final Boundaries Released for South Australian Redistribution". Antony Green's Election Blog. Australian Boradcating Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Base Funding Review". National Tertiary Education Union. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ "Dr Jane Lomax-Smith to be interim director for the RiAus" (PDF). Royal Institution of Australia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Jacques Ninio
Lord Mayor of Adelaide
1997 – 2000
Succeeded by
Alfred Huang
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Michael Armitage
Member for Adelaide
2002 – 2010
Succeeded by
Rachel Sanderson