Ralph Clarke (Australian politician)
|Deputy Leader of the Opposition (SA)|
5 November 1994 – 1 January 1997
|Preceded by||Mike Rann|
|Succeeded by||Annette Hurley|
|Member for Ross Smith|
11 December 1993 – 9 February 2002
|Preceded by||John Bannon|
|Succeeded by||District abolished|
|Born||4 October 1951|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Ralph Desmond Clarke (born 4 October 1951) is a former Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the South Australian House of Assembly between 1993 and 2002, representing the electorate of Ross Smith. He was the deputy leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party, and thus the deputy opposition leader, until he was deposed in factional infighting.
Ross Smith was abolished ahead of the 2002 state election, and Clarke tried to follow most of his constituents into the recreated seat of Enfield. Despite a secret ballot showing 60 of the 74 of the members of de-stacked local branches threw their support behind Clarke for 2002 preselection, but the state executive intervened to install John Rau, a former colleague of Clarke's in the Centre Left faction who had made the switch to the Right. Clarke ran as an independent and did very well on 23.1%, however with the ALP vote of 39.5% and Liberal vote of 24.1%, he did not get into the two party preferred race for election.
In October 2007 Clarke was elected as an Area Councillor for the City of Adelaide.
- Parliament Profile
- ABC electorate profile
- Poll Bludger article
- Ralph Clarke and Edith Pringle controversy
- Ralph Clarke and Michael Atkinson controversy
- Ralph Clarke runs as independent
|Parliament of South Australia|
|Member for Ross Smith
1993 – 2002