Rob Kerin

Robert Gerard Kerin (born 4 January 1954) is a former South Australian politician who was the Premier of South Australia from 22 October 2001 to 5 March 2002, representing the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia. He was also Deputy Premier of South Australia from 7 July 1998 until he became Premier and, after losing government, leader of the opposition until after the 2006 election.

Rob Kerin
43rd Premier of South Australia
Elections: 2002, 2006
In office
22 October 2001 – 5 March 2002
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorSir Eric Neal
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson
DeputyDean Brown (2001-2002)
Preceded byJohn Olsen
Succeeded byMike Rann
9th Deputy Premier of South Australia
In office
7 July 1998 – 22 October 2001
PremierJohn Olsen
Preceded byGraham Ingerson
Succeeded byDean Brown
38th Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
5 April 2002 – 18 March 2006
Preceded byMike Rann
Succeeded byIain Evans
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Frome
In office
11 December 1993 – 11 November 2008
Preceded byseat created
Succeeded byGeoff Brock
Personal details
Robert Gerard Kerin

4 January 1954 (age 65)
Crystal Brook, South Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)

Early life

Born to parents Maurice and Molly Kerin in Crystal Brook, Kerin attended the Adelaide Catholic secondary school, Sacred Heart College Senior.


Kerin 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 Brown and Olsen governments: Primary Industries, Natural Resources and Regional Development, Minerals and Energy, State Development, Tourism and Multicultural Affairs. Following the resignation of Deputy Premier Graham Ingerson in 1998, Kerin succeeded him.


Olsen was forced to resign from the premiership after misleading parliament which would come to be known as the Motorola affair. Kerin narrowly defeated former premier Dean Brown to become Liberal leader and premier. Kerin named Brown as his deputy.

Kerin took office less than six months before the 2002 election. At that election, Labor took two seats off the Liberals, one seat short of victory. The result was another hung parliament. While Labor was now only one seat short of a majority as opposed to the Liberals now four seats short of a majority, the Liberals won 50.9 percent of the two-party vote. The balance of power rested with four conservative crossbenchers—one National and three independents. They were initially expected to support the Liberals, allowing Kerin to stay in office with a minority government.

However, in a surprise move, Peter Lewis, who had since been elected as an independent after being expelled from the Liberals in 2000, announced he would support Labor and their leader Mike Rann to form minority government in return for becoming Speaker of the House of Assembly. When Kerin learned this, he argued that the Liberals still had a mandate to govern since they had won a majority of the two-party vote. He intended to stay in office unless Rann demonstrated he had a working majority on the floor of the Assembly. On paper, Kerin was well within his rights to take this course of action; convention in the Westminster system gives the incumbent first minister the first opportunity to form a government when no party has a clear majority.

Three weeks of political limbo ended on 5 March. At Kerin's request, the House of Assembly was called into session earlier than is normally the case after an election. With Lewis in the speaker's chair, Kerin moved a confidence motion in his own government. The motion was defeated, leaving Kerin with no choice but to resign in favour of Rann.[1]

Opposition leader

Kerin remained Liberal leader, and hence became 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 so-called "media savvy and aggressive" parliamentary tactics of the Rann Labor government.

At the 2006 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.

Parliamentary resignation

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 the 2009 Frome by-election. Independent Geoff Brock won the seat in a very close contest, with his presence to later deny the Liberals government at the 2014 election.


  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

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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 (South Australian Division)
2001 – 2006
Succeeded by
Iain Evans
2001 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 2001 in Australia.

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.

Dean Brown

Dean Craig Brown, AO (born 5 April 1943) was the Premier of South Australia between 14 December 1993 and 28 November 1996, and also served as 10th Deputy Premier of South Australia between 22 October 2001 and 5 March 2002, representing the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia. He became premier when he led the party to a landslide win at the 1993 state election, and lost the office when he lost a leadership challenge to John Olsen in November 1996.

Deputy Premier of South Australia

The Deputy Premier of South Australia is the second-most senior officer in the Government of South Australia. The Deputy Premiership is a ministerial portfolio in the Cabinet of South Australia, and the Deputy Premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier of South Australia.

The current Deputy Premier since 2018 is Vickie Chapman of the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia.

Electoral district of Frome

Frome is a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly. It is named after Edward Charles Frome, the third surveyor-general of South Australia. The electorate is based on the industrial city of Port Pirie, and also includes many of the agricultural areas of the Clare and Gilbert Valleys. It covers a total of 6,435 km2 (2,485 sq mi) and takes in the towns of Auburn, Clare, Crystal Brook, Mintaro, Port Broughton, Saddleworth, Snowtown and Riverton in addition to Port Pirie.

Frome has existed in three incarnations throughout the history of the House of Assembly: as a two-seat multi-member marginal electorate from 1884 to 1902, as a single-member electorate from 1938 to 1977, and as a marginal to moderately safe single-member electorate for the Liberal Party since 1993.

The electoral districts of Pirie and Port Pirie have also historically existed.

The first incarnation of Frome was, like the rest of the state, independent-held until the development of the party system in the 1890s. The two seats were split evenly with a conservative and a liberal member from 1890 until the seat's abolition in 1902.

The second incarnation began in 1938 after the introduction of the Playmander. It was based on the area north of Port Pirie, and was originally a Labor stronghold. The seat was won by Mick O'Halloran, who held it until his death in 1960, serving as Opposition Leader from 1949 to 1960. After the Playmander was significantly diluted by the 1970 electoral reforms, Frome was moved into more conservative-leaning rural areas around Port Pirie, turning it into a notional Liberal and Country League (LCL) seat. O'Halloran's successor, Tom Casey, believed this made Frome impossible to hold and successfully transferred to the Legislative Council. The LCL, which later became the South Australia division of the Liberal Party, won the seat at the 1970 state election, and went on to hold Frome until the abolition of the seat in 1977.

The third and current incarnation was created at the 1991 redistribution as a marginal Liberal seat based on Port Pirie. The seat was first contested at the 1993 election. Despite the presence of Port Pirie, a Labor stronghold for more than a century, Labor has never won this incarnation due to the heavy Liberal tilt of the surrounding rural area. Labor did however win 50.1 percent of the two-party vote at the 2010 election, but the seat was retained by incumbent independent Geoff Brock.

Rob Kerin became the elected member in the Liberal landslide of 1993. He went on to become Premier of South Australia in 2001, and Leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2005 after the Liberals narrowly lost the 2002 state election. Kerin chose to retire in November 2008, which triggered the January 2009 by-election. The by-election was won by independent Geoff Brock, the popular mayor of the Port Pirie Regional Council, after a very close contest with the Labor candidate for second place behind the Liberal candidate. Brock received sufficient preferences from the eliminated Labor candidate to prevail over the Liberal candidate by over 600 votes, receiving 51.7 percent of the two-candidate vote. He increased his primary and two-candidate vote significantly at the 2010 election; Labor won 50.1 percent of the "traditional" Labor/Liberal two-party preferred vote at this election.

With the 2012 redistribution, the Labor/Liberal two-party-preferred margin in Frome went from 0.1 percent Labor to 1.7 percent Liberal. Brock retained the electorate at the 2014 election with a slight increase to his margin, while the Liberals won 60.8 percent of the "traditional" two-party preferred vote. His decision to back the Labor minority government allowed Labor to win a record fourth consecutive four-year term in government.

Brock retained the electorate at the 2018 election.

Electoral results for the district of Frome

This is a list of electoral results for the Electoral district of Frome in South Australian state elections.

Graham Ingerson

Graham Alexander Ingerson (born 27 August 1941) is a former Australian politician and 8th Deputy Premier of South Australia from 1996 to 1998. Ingerson was a Liberal Party member of the House of Assembly seat of Bragg between 1983 and 2002.

Ingerson held portfolios including Minister for Tourism and Industrial Affairs, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Police, Minister for Emergency Service, Minister for Racing, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Cabinet Secretary (not a Ministerial position).

In August 1998, Ingerson resigned from the ministry over his handling of the racing industry. He was promoted again to Cabinet Secretary in February 2000, but had to resign that in October 2001, over his handling of the Hindmarsh Soccer Stadium.As of 2016, Ingerson is a registered political lobbyist in the state of South Australia.

Iain Evans

Iain Frederick Evans (born 18 April 1959) is a former Australian politician. He was leader of the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia from 2006 to 2007.

John Oswald (politician)

John Kenneth Gibson Oswald (born 6 June 1939) is a former Australian politician. He was a Liberal Party member of the South Australian House of Assembly between 1979 and 2002, representing the safe Liberal electorate of Morphett.

Previous to Oswald's involvement in state politics, he was a member of Rotary and numerous electorate, sporting and other clubs, as well as a registered pharmacist through the University of Adelaide.

From 1993 to 1995, Oswald was Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Local Government Relations, Minister for Recreation, and Sport and Racing. From 1997 to 2002, he was the Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly for the John Olsen and Rob Kerin Liberal governments.

Oswald retired in 2002.


Kerin may refer to:

John F. Kerin (?-2006), physician

John Kerin (born 1937), politician

Rob Kerin, politician

Kerin Ministry

The Kerin Ministry was the 70th ministry of the Government of South Australia, led by Rob Kerin, 43rd Premier of South Australia and leader of the South Australian Branch of the Liberal Party. It commenced on 22 October 2001, when Kerin succeeded John Olsen as Liberal leader and Premier.

Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division)

The Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division), commonly known as the South Australian Liberals, is the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia, formed in 1974, succeeding the Liberal and Country League (LCL). It is one of two major parties in the bicameral Parliament of South Australia, the other being the Australian Labor Party (SA Branch). The party has been led by Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall since the 2018 state election; their first win in twenty years.

The party has won only 4 of the 13 state elections since their formation: 1979, 1993, 1997 and 2018. The 1970 election marked the beginning of democratic proportional representation (one vote, one value), which ended decades of pro-rural electoral malapportionment known as the Playmander.

Mark Brindal

Mark Brindal (born 12 May 1948) is a former Australian politician who served in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1989 to 2006, representing the Liberal Party. He was a government minister between 1997 and 2002, under premiers John Olsen and Rob Kerin.

Martin Hamilton-Smith

Martin Leslie James Hamilton-Smith (born 1 December 1953) is a former Australian politician who represented the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Waite from the 1997 election until his retirement in 2018. First elected as a candidate for the Liberal Party, Hamilton-Smith was the state parliamentary leader of the Liberal Party and the Leader of the Opposition in South Australia from 2007 to 2009, and a Minister in the Kerin Liberal government from 2001 to 2002.

He became an independent two months after the 2014 election. He served as the Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Defence Industries and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in the Weatherill Labor cabinet from May 2014 until January 2018 and Minister for Space Industries and Minister for Health Industries from September 2017 until January 2018.

Hamilton-Smith announced on 6 January 2018 that he would not seek re-election in the 2018 election.

Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2006–2010

This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2006 to 2010, as elected at the 2006 state election.

1 The Liberal member for Frome, Rob Kerin, resigned on 11 November 2008. Independent candidate Geoff Brock won the resulting by-election held on 17 January 2009.

Motorola affair

The Motorola affair was an incident that resulted in the resignation of South Australian Premier John Olsen on 21 October 2001. His resignation came after the release of the Clayton Report, which stated that he had given "misleading, inaccurate and dishonest evidence to a judicial inquiry". The report also found that former Government adviser Alex Kennedy and the former head of his Department of Industry and Trade also "gave false evidence to the same inquiry".

In the days following the findings, there was growing speculation that Olsen would either resign or face a leadership spill within his own party. He ended up fronting the media and was steadfast in his own defence saying the report that he set up was wrong and handed out copies of his own 48 page response. Olsen stated "It says amongst other things that I, in answers to Mr Cramond, was misleading, inaccurate and dishonest. I was not and I absolutely refute Mr Clayton's assertion. The report clearly indicates there are no criminal activities, no illegal activities", and again backed the Motorola deal that was done. However, he went on to say he was "a political realist and for that reason I intend to offer my resignation to my Party as Premier of this State". He said he intended to seek further legal advice and continue to defend his integrity.

Olsen was replaced as leader and premier by Rob Kerin on 22 October 2001.

Rob Lucas

Robert Ivan Lucas (born 7 June 1953) is an Australian politician and a member of the South Australian Legislative Council since the 1982 election, representing the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia. Lucas has served as the Treasurer of South Australia since 19 March 2018 in the Marshall government. Lucas previously served as Treasurer between 1997 and 2002 in the Olsen and Kerin governments. Lucas is the current Father of the Parliament. He intends to leave parliament at the 2022 election.

State Bank of South Australia

The State Bank of South Australia was a bank created in 1984 and owned by the Government of South Australia. The bank became the subject of a two-year South Australian Royal Commission upon collapse in 1991. The surviving part of the bank now exists as BankSA.

Wayne Matthew

Wayne Anthony Matthew (born 14 January 1958) is a former Australian politician. He was a member of the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Bright for the Liberal Party from 1989 to 2006.

Matthew was elected at the 1989 election, defeating Labor's Derek Robertson. Matthew was promoted to the opposition frontbench in 1990 and became a cabinet minister at the 1993 election when the Liberals won government. Two weeks after John Olsen successfully challenged Dean Brown for the premiership in 1996, Matthew was dropped from cabinet having refused to support Olsen becoming premier. Despite this, Matthew was re-appointed to cabinet following the 1997 election, until his party lost government under premier Rob Kerin at the 2002 election.

Matthew held many and varied cabinet and shadow portfolios from 1990 to 2005. In government, Matthew served at various times as a member of the Executive Council, Minister for Police, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for State Government Services, Minister for Administrative Services, Minister for Information Services, Minister for Year 2000 Compliance, Minister Assisting the Deputy Premier, and Minister for Minerals and Energy.

On 14 March 2005, Matthew announced that he would retire from Parliament at the 2006 election and in May 2005 subsequently stepped down from the shadow cabinet. Matthew was succeeded in Bright by Labor's Chloë Fox.

Matthew has worked as a Lobbyist since his retirement from Parliament.

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