2002 South Australian state election

State elections were held in South Australia on 9 February 2002. All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election, along with half of the 22 seats in the South Australian Legislative Council. The incumbent Liberal Party of Australia led by Premier of South Australia Rob Kerin was defeated by the Australian Labor Party led by Leader of the Opposition Mike Rann. Labor won 23 out of 47 seats, and then secured the one more seat it needed for a majority by gaining the support of independent Peter Lewis.

South Australian state election, 2002

9 February 2002

All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
24 seats were needed for a majority
11 (of the 22) seats in the South Australian Legislative Council
  Mike Rann (smiling) Noimage
Leader Mike Rann Rob Kerin
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 5 November 1994 22 October 2001
Leader's seat Ramsay Frome
Seats before 21 seats 22 seats
Seats won 23 seats 20 seats
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2
Percentage 49.1% 50.9%
Swing Increase0.6 Decrease0.6

Premier before election

Rob Kerin

Resulting Premier

Mike Rann


This was the first election since Labor narrowly lost as opposition in the 1997 election, doing much better than most analysts predicted, forcing the Liberals to minority government after their comprehensive loss in the 1993 election where Labor were reduced to just ten seats. Coming into the 2002 election, the Liberal Government had faced a number of scandals including the Motorola affair, over which Premier John Olsen was forced to resign in October 2001. He was succeeded by Rob Kerin, who had less than three months to govern before the election was called.


House of Assembly

South Australian state election, 9 February 2002[1]
House of Assembly
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Enrolled voters 1,045,563
Votes cast 978,569 Turnout 93.59 +1.84
Informal votes 30,537 Informal 3.12 -0.92
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 378,929 39.97 -0.43 20 - 2
  Labor 344,559 36.34 +1.18 23 + 2
  Democrats 71,026 7.49 -8.95 0 0
  Family First 25,025 2.64 +2.64 0 0
  One Nation 22,833 2.41 +2.41 0 0
  Greens 22,332 2.36 +2.21 0 0
  SA First 16,902 1.78 +1.78 0 0
  National 13,748 1.45 -0.29 1 0
  Independent 40,288 4.25 +1.12 3 0
  Other 12,390 1.38 * 0 0
Total 948,032     47  
  Labor 465,227 49.07 +0.58
  Liberal 482,805 50.93 –0.58

Independents: Rory McEwen, Bob Such, Peter Lewis

Labor won two seats from the Liberals, the districts of Adelaide (Jane Lomax-Smith) and Colton (Paul Caica). This gave Labor 23 seats, Liberals 20 seats, SA Nationals one seat, and three seats to independents. In order to form majority government, a party needed 24 seats out of 47. Most analysts expected Kerin to form a minority government with the support of Nationals MP Karlene Maywald, and the three independents, who were all former Liberal party members.

On 13 February, one of those crossbenchers, former Liberal Peter Lewis, announced that he had signed an agreement with Labor leader Mike Rann to support a Labor Government in exchange for holding a constitutional convention, making him speaker of the House of Assembly, and concessions for his electorate including the phasing out of commercial fishing in the River Murray, prioritising the eradication of the branched broomrape weed, changing water rates for irrigation, fast-tracking a feasibility study for a weir and lock at Wellington, and improving rural roads. This agreement effectively made Rann premier-elect by one seat.

However, following parliamentary precedent established by Don Dunstan following the 1968 election, Kerin refused to resign until Rann and Labor demonstrated that they had majority support on the floor of the House of Assembly. Kerin claimed to be within this rights to take this course, as longstanding precedent in the Westminster system holds that the incumbent premier should have the first opportunity to form a government if no party has a majority.

After three weeks of stalemate, the House of Assembly was called into session several weeks earlier than usual. With Lewis in the speaker's chair, the Kerin Government was defeated on the floor of the House of Assembly on 5 March 2002, after Kerin moved a confidence motion in his own government and lost. Rann then advised Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson that he could form a government, which was duly sworn in the following day.

Rann later shored up his government's majority by reaching agreements with crossbenchers Maywald and McEwen, giving them cabinet posts in exchange for their support of the government.

Legislative Council

South Australian state election, 9 February 2002[2]
Legislative Council
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Enrolled voters 1,045,563
Votes cast 983,567 Turnout 94.1 +1.4
Informal votes 53,105 Informal 5.4 +1.1
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats
  Liberal 373,102 40.1 +2.3 5 9
  Labor 305,595 32.9 +2.3 4 7
  Democrats 68,317 7.3 –9.4 1 3
  Family First 47,443 4.0 +4.0 1 1
  Greens 25,725 2.8 +1.1 0 0
  One Nation 16,829 1.8 +1.8 0 0
  No Pokies 11,984 1.3 –1.5 0 1
  Voluntary Euthanasia 10,973 1.2 +0.7 0 0
  SA First 9,567 1.0 +1.0 0 1
  HEMP 8,241 0.9 –0.8 0 0
  Grey Power 7,918 0.9 –0.7 0 0
  National 4,412 0.5 –0.5 0 0
  Other 40,356 4.3 * 0 0
Total 930,462     11 22

In the Legislative Council, Liberal won 5 seats (Robert Lawson, Caroline Schaefer, Angus Redford, David Ridgway, Terry Stephens), Labor won 4 seats (Gail Gago, Paul Holloway, Terry Roberts, John Gazzola), Australian Democrats won 1 seat (Sandra Kanck), and the recently formed Family First party won their first ever seat in an Australian parliament (Andrew Evans). [1]

This left the overall numbers in the Legislative Council at: Liberal 9, Labor 7, Democrats 3, Family First 1, No Pokies 1, and 1 independent (Terry Cameron).

Post-election Pendulum

Norwood Vini Ciccarello ALP 0.5%
Adelaide Jane Lomax-Smith ALP 1.0%
Hammond Peter Lewis CLIC 2.1% v LIB
Wright Jennifer Rankine ALP 3.2%
Ashford Steph Key ALP 3.7%
Florey Frances Bedford ALP 3.7%
Elder Pat Conlon ALP 3.7%
Colton Paul Caica ALP 4.6%
Mitchell Kris Hanna ALP 4.7%
Fairly safe
Reynell Gay Thompson ALP 6.6%
Lee Michael Wright ALP 7.0%
Elizabeth Lea Stevens ALP 7.2%
Torrens Robyn Geraghty ALP 7.2%
West Torrens Tom Koutsantonis ALP 8.6%
Giles Lyn Breuer ALP 9.7%
Kaurna John Hill ALP 11.0%
Playford Jack Snelling ALP 13.1%
Napier Michael O'Brien ALP 14.3%
Enfield John Rau ALP 15.9%
Cheltenham Jay Weatherill ALP 16.7%
Taylor Trish White ALP 17.7%
Croydon Michael Atkinson ALP 19.1%
Ramsay Mike Rann ALP 20.2%
Port Adelaide Kevin Foley ALP 21.7%
Hartley Joe Scalzi LIB 1.3%
Stuart Graham Gunn LIB 1.3%
Light Malcolm Buckby LIB 2.8%
Kavel Mark Goldsworthy LIB 2.9% v IND
Mawson Robert Brokenshire LIB 3.5%
Heysen Isobel Redmond LIB 4.0% v AD
Morialta Joan Hall LIB 4.1%
Bright Wayne Matthew LIB 5.0%
Newland Dorothy Kotz LIB 5.7%
Fairly safe
Unley Mark Brindal LIB 9.0%
Morphett Duncan McFetridge LIB 10.0%
MacKillop Mitch Williams LIB 11.4% v IND
Davenport Iain Evans LIB 11.5%
Frome Rob Kerin LIB 11.5%
Waite Martin Hamilton-Smith LIB 12.0%
Fisher Bob Such IND 12.1% v LIB
Schubert Ivan Venning LIB 13.1%
Chaffey Karlene Maywald NAT 14.0% v LIB
Finniss Dean Brown LIB 15.6%
Goyder John Meier LIB 16.2%
Bragg Vickie Chapman LIB 19.6%
Mt Gambier Rory McEwen IND 26.6% v LIB
Flinders Liz Penfold LIB 28.4%
Metro SA: ALP in red, Liberal in blue, Independents in white. These boundaries are based on the 2006 electoral redistribution.
Rural SA: ALP in red, Liberal in blue, Independents in white, Nationals in green. These boundaries are based on the 2006 electoral redistribution.

See also


  1. ^ "Details of SA 2002 Election". Australian Politics and Elections Database.
  2. ^ "History of South Australian Elections 1857 - 2006". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 13 March 2014.

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Albert Bensimon

Albert Bensimon (born 1948) is an Egyptian-Australian businessman from Adelaide, South Australia. He is most well known as the owner of Shiels Jewellers. He frequently appeared in television advertisements and became famous for his catchphrase "No Hoo-Haa".

Bensimon was born in Cairo, Egypt. His secondary education took place at the Christian Brothers College in Rose Bay, New South Wales followed by a stint at the London School of Economics. Bensimon is of Jewish descent.

In 1994, he helped to establish the Helpmann Academy, named in honour of famous South Australian Sir Robert Helpmann. The academy is designed to promote the arts in South Australia. He was the first chairman and is still a member of its board.

At the 2002 South Australian state election, Bensimon ran as a "No Hoo-Haa Party" candidate in the House of Assembly seat of Adelaide, receiving a primary vote of 2.4 percent (492 votes). His "how-to-vote" ticket indicated a first preference for the Liberal Party of Australia. Bensimon is also a donor to the Liberal Party.In 2006, Bensimon was rejected twice for membership of the gentlemen's club, The Adelaide Club, which he claimed was due to anti-Semitism. This was denied by the Club president, who stated that it was "offensive" to suggest the club was racist and that it has "a diverse membership". In 2008, when another Egyptian-born Jewish businessman was accepted for membership, Bensimon claimed some credit for the move, saying "I broke the back of a small but influential element within the Adelaide Club."

Annette Hurley

Annette Kay Hurley (born 23 March 1955) is a former Australian politician. Elected at the 2004 federal election, she was a Labor member of the Australian Senate from July 2005, representing the state of South Australia. She announced in July 2010 that she would not re-contest her seat at the following federal election and her six-year term ended on 30 June 2011.Hurley was educated at the University of Adelaide, where she graduated in science. Before entering federal politics, she was member of the South Australian House of Assembly for the safe Labor seat of Napier in Adelaide's northern suburbs from 1993 to 2002, and was Deputy Leader of the Opposition 1997-2002. At the 2002 South Australian state election, she decided to stand in Light, a previously safe Liberal seat that had been made marginal in a redistribution. Hurley lost narrowly to Liberal incumbent Malcolm Buckby. At that election, Labor fell one seat short of a majority. Had Hurley won Light, she would have delivered her party majority government and become South Australia's first female Deputy Premier.

In June 2005, before even taking her seat in the Senate, Hurley was elected to the Opposition front bench and appointed Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. She lost her front bench position in December 2006, after a shadow cabinet reshuffle instigated by new Leader of the Opposition Kevin Rudd due to criticism of her fast promotion to the frontbench despite the fact that she had been deputy leader of the SA branch of the ALP.

Her promotion to the federal frontbench was a reward for taking the political risks which saw the end of her career in the South Australian Parliament and stopped her from becoming the state's Deputy Premier rather than the misperception that it was solely because of a factional arrangement.

Australian Democrats

The Australian Democrats was a centrist political party which held many seats in the Australian Senate and several state and territory legislatures between 1977 and 2008. It was Australia's largest minor party from its formation in 1977 through to 2004, and frequently held the balance of power in the Senate during that time. The party's share of the vote collapsed at the 2004 election and was further diminished in 2007 with the last senators leaving office in 2008.

The party was founded in 1977 from a merger of the Australia Party and the New Liberal Movement, both of which were descended from Liberal Party splinter groups. The party's inaugural leader was Don Chipp, a former Liberal cabinet minister, who famously promised to "keep the bastards honest". At the 1977 federal election, the Democrats polled 11.1 percent of the Senate vote and secured two seats. The party sustained a presence in the Senate for the next 30 years, holding nine out of 76 seats at its peak (between 1999 and 2002), though never securing a seat in the lower house. Successive governments required Democrat Senate numbers to pass contentious legislation, most notably in the case of the Howard Government's goods and services tax (GST).

Following the demise of the parliamentary Australian Democrats, attempts to revitalise the party were unsuccessful and it was formally deregistered in 2015 for not having sufficient members.

Candidates of the 2002 South Australian state election

This article provides information on candidates who stood for the 2002 South Australian state election, held on 9 February 2002.


Familialism or familism is an ideology that puts priority to family. The term familialism has been specifically used for advocating a welfare system wherein it is presumed that families will take responsibility for the care of their members rather than leaving that responsibility to the government. The term familism relates more to family values. This can manifest as prioritizing the needs of the family higher than that of individuals. Yet, the two terms are often used interchangeably.In the Western world, familialism views the nuclear family of one father, one mother, and their child or children as the central and primary social unit of human ordering and the principal unit of a functioning society and civilization. Accordingly, this unit is also the basis of a multi-generational extended family, which is embedded in socially as well as genetically inter-related communities, nations, etc., and ultimately in the whole human family past, present and future. As such, Western familialism usually opposes other social forms and models that are chosen as alternatives (i.e. single-parent, LGBT parenting, etc.).In Asia, aged parents living with the family is often viewed as traditional. It is suggested that Asian familialism became more fixed after encounters with Europeans following the Age of Discovery. In Japan, drafts based on French laws were rejected after criticism from people like Hozumi Yatsuka (穂積 八束) by the reason that "civil law will destroy filial piety".Regarding familism as a fertility factor, there is limited support among Hispanics of an increased number of children with increased familism in the sense of prioritizing the needs of the family higher than that of individuals. On the other hand, the fertility impact is unknown in regard to systems where the majority of the economic and caring responsibilities rest on the family (such as in Southern Europe), as opposed to defamilialized systems where welfare and caring responsibilities are largely supported by the state (such as Nordic countries).

Family First Party

The Family First Party was a conservative political party in Australia, in existence from 2002 to 2017. It was founded in South Australia and enjoyed its greatest popularity in that state.

Family First had three candidates elected to the Senate during its existence—Steve Fielding (2005–2011), Bob Day (2014–2016), and Lucy Gichuhi (2017; elected on a countback following Day being declared ineligible). At state level, the party won a seat in the South Australian Legislative Council across four consecutive state elections (2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014). It also briefly had representatives in the New South Wales Legislative Council and Western Australian Legislative Council, as a result of defections from other parties.

The party was generally considered to be part of the Christian right. Though it had no formal affiliation with any particular religious organisation, Family First was strongly linked to the Pentecostal church in South Australia, and nationally from smaller Christian denominations. Family First in South Australia was viewed as an infusion of ex-Liberals via Robert Brokenshire and Bob Day. Originally advocating a moral and family values agenda, Day, who would become Family First's major donor, later reoriented Family First to begin to emphasise issues such as industrial relations reform, free speech and smaller government, which brought Family First closer to Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives. Family First and their two state incumbents Dennis Hood and Brokenshire joined and merged with Bernardi's Australian Conservatives in April 2017.

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Playford family

The Playford family has played a significant role in the South Australian and Australian political and social sphere since the early days of European settlement.

Thomas Playford Senior, an ex-soldier who fought at the Battle of Waterloo, was a fiery Baptist minister who arrived in Adelaide in 1844 and, disgusted by the wickedness of the inhabitants, founded a new church called, simply, ‘The Christian Church’.

Thomas Playford II served as Premier of South Australia from 1887 to 1889 and 1890 to 1892, as well as a Senator in the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia (a name he coined), including a stint as the Federal Minister for Defence.

Thomas Playford III was a well-known local farmer and Adelaide identity.

Thomas Playford IV was Premier of South Australia from 1938 to 1965; the longest serving elected national or regional leader in the British Empire/ Commonwealth of Nations.

Thomas Playford V is a Baptist minister who ran at the 2002 South Australian state election for the seat of Kavel under the banner of "Independent for Integrity in Parliament", polling 19%. He ran as a Family First candidate for the same seat at the 2006 election, polling 15% of the vote.

Results of the 2002 South Australian state election (House of Assembly)

This is a list of House of Assembly results for the 2002 South Australian state election.

Results of the 2002 South Australian state election (Legislative Council)

This is a list of results for the Legislative Council at the 2002 South Australian state election.

Susan Jeanes

Susan Barbara Jeanes (born 24 February 1958) is an Australian politician. She was a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1996 to 1998, representing the electorate of Kingston. She defeated Labor MP Gordon Bilney as part of the Liberal victory at the 1996 federal election, only to lose to Labor candidate David Cox at the closer-run 1998 federal election.

By the 2002 South Australian state election, the Liberal MP for the electorate of Fisher, Bob Such, had left the party and become an independent. Jeanes won Liberal preselection for the seat but lost to Such at the election.

After her parliamentary career ended she worked as an advisor on climate change and energy policy to the then federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill. She was later appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Renewable Energy Generators of Australia (REGA) and is a director of the Climate Institute. In November 2007 she was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Geothermal Energy Association, the national industry association for the Australian geothermal energy industry.

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