Lynn Arnold

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The Honourable Rev Dr
Lynn Arnold
AO
40th Premier of South Australia
Elections: 1993
In office
4 September 1992 – 14 December 1993
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Dame Roma Mitchell
Deputy Frank Blevins
Preceded by John Bannon
Succeeded by Dean Brown
35th Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
14 December 1993 – 5 November 1994
Deputy Mike Rann
Preceded by Dean Brown
Succeeded by Mike Rann
17th Australian Labor Party (SA) leader
In office
1992–1994
Preceded by John Bannon
Succeeded by Mike Rann
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Taylor
In office
11 December 1993 – 5 November 1994
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Trish White
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Ramsay
In office
7 December 1985 – 11 December 1993
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Mike Rann
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Salisbury
In office
15 September 1979 – 7 December 1985
Preceded by Reg Groth
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born (1949-01-27) 27 January 1949 (age 68)
Political party Australian Labor Party (SA)

The Hon. Rev. Dr Lynn Maurice Ferguson Arnold, AO (born 27 January 1949) is an Anglican priest and a former Australian politician who represented the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party, serving as Premier of South Australia between 4 September 1992 and 14 December 1993 at the end of 11 years of Labor government resulting from the 1993 election landslide.

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 in the Anglican Church. In December 2014 he was ordained priest in St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide.

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 the simmering voter anger against Labor. A warning sign came at the 1993 federal election, which saw two of Labor's longest-standing federal strongholds fall to the Liberals. Hindmarsh was taken by a non-Labor member for only the second time ever after being in Labor hands since 1919, while Grey was taken by the conservatives for only the second time in 50 years.

Arnold waited as long as he could, finally calling an election for 11 December. At that election, the 11-year Labor government was swept out in a massive landslide by the Liberal Party led by Dean Brown. Labor suffered a 14-seat swing and was knocked down to only 39 percent of the two-party vote. This was mainly because Labor was decimated in its longtime stronghold of Adelaide, losing all but nine seats in the capital. One of them belonged to Arnold himself, who was elected in the newly created seat of Taylor.

Most commentators do not blame Arnold for the landslide, and believe Labor would have been heavily defeated regardless of the specific leader chosen. 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 Ph.D. in sociolinguistics from the University of Adelaide (Graduate School of Education). In his doctoral thesis he drew a number of conclusions that were all based upon the study of the language of Asturianu (also known as Bable), spoken in the northern Spanish province known as the Principau d’Asturies.[3][4]

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,[5] 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.[6] He was in this role from 18 March 2008.[7] to 30 June 2012, after which date he was exploring ordination to the Anglican priesthood.[8] He was succeeded at Anglicare SA by the Reverend Peter Sandeman.[9] He was ordained deacon in Adelaide in November 2013.[10]

In December 2014 Lynn Arnold was ordained priest by the Archbishop of Adelaide. He is currently serving as Assistant Priest at St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide.[11]

References[edit]

  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 2016-08-19. 
  4. ^ Lingua Nullius: A Retrospect and Prospect about Australia's First Languages (Transcript), Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration 2016, 31 May 2016
  5. ^ "Lynn Arnold, Vice President Asia Pacific Region". World Vision. 
  6. ^ "Anglicare SA appoints new chief executive". Anglicare SA (press release). 8 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  7. ^ "Lynn Arnold pits Anglicare against ‘dead-end options’". Anglicare SA (press release). 18 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  8. ^ Dr Lynn Arnold announces resignation as CEO, (16 April 2012), Media Release, Anglicare SA accessed 10 May 2013
  9. ^ New CEO of Anglicare SA announced, (12 August 12), Media Release, Anglicare SA accessed 10 May 2013
  10. ^ "Former SA premier Lynn Arnold ordained as deacon by Anglican Church". ABC News. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  11. ^ http://www.stpeters-cathedral.org.au/team/

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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
Preceded by
Reg Groth
Member for Salisbury
1979 – 1985
District abolished
New division Member for Ramsay
1985 – 1993
Succeeded by
Mike Rann
Member for Taylor
1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Trish White
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Bannon
Leader of the Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch)
1992 – 1994
Succeeded by
Mike Rann