John Rau

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John Rau

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12th Deputy Premier of South Australia
In office
7 February 2011 – 19 March 2018
PremierMike Rann
Jay Weatherill
Preceded byKevin Foley
Succeeded byVickie Chapman
48th Attorney-General of South Australia
In office
25 March 2010 – 19 March 2018
PremierMike Rann
Jay Weatherill
Preceded byMichael Atkinson
Succeeded byVickie Chapman
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Enfield
In office
9 February 2002 – 17 December 2018
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byAndrea Michaels
Personal details
Born
John Robert Rau

(1959-03-20) 20 March 1959 (age 60)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyAustralian Labor Party (SA)
WebsiteSA Parliamentary Profile

John Robert Rau SC (born 20 March 1959) is an Australian barrister and politician. He was the 12th Deputy Premier of South Australia from 2011 to 2018 and 48th Attorney-General of South Australia from 2010 to 2018 for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party in the Weatherill cabinet. Rau was the Labor member of the House of Assembly seat of Enfield from the 2002 election[1] until announcing his intention to retire from Parliament on 10 December 2018,[2] and submitting his resignation on 17 December 2018.[3]

Legal career[edit]

Rau was admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1981, he worked as an adviser to Hawke government ministers Mick Young, Michael Tate and Neal Blewett from 1985 to 1988. He served as a Commonwealth nominee on the South Australian Legal Services Commission, he has also served on the ALP State and National Executives.

Before his service as a political adviser, Rau worked as a solicitor at Duncan Groom, Carabellas & Hannon. From 1988 to 1997 he worked as a solicitor and barrister at the firm of Johnston Withers, becoming a partner. Rau joined the independent bar and Murray Chambers in 1997.[citation needed]

Rau has appeared as counsel in the South Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the South Australian Industrial Relations Court, the Workers Compensation Tribunal, the Supreme Court of South Australia (including once as Attorney-General), the District Court of South Australia and the Federal Court of Australia.

Political career[edit]

His first political experience as a Labor candidate occurred at the 1993 federal election, when he stood for the Division of Hindmarsh, where he was narrowly defeated by Liberal Party candidate Chris Gallus by 1.6 percent.

Prior to the 2002 state election, Rau contested Labor preselection for the safe seat of Enfield; the seat had previously been Ross Smith, held by Ralph Clarke, who had recently been deposed as the party's deputy leader. The local party branch chose Clarke who received 60 of 74 votes. However, the party's state executive stepped in and installed Rau as the pre-selected candidate. Clarke ran as an independent Labor candidate, receiving a respectable 23 percent of the vote; however, Clarke narrowly fell short of overtaking Rau and winning the seat on Liberal preferences. Rau easily won the seat with a 35.9 percent primary and 65.9 percent two-party vote. He is aligned with Labor's right faction.[1]

Rau gained publicity in 2004 over his involvement in the Real Estate Industry – Reform bill, which was designed in an attempt to stop industry practices such as dummy bidding at auctions.

The 2006 state election saw Rau retain Enfield with a 63.4 percent primary and 74.5 percent two-party vote. At the 2010 state election, Rau suffered a swing to finish with a 52.6 percent primary and 60.5 percent two-party vote.

Rau became Attorney-General when Michael Atkinson stepped down from the position following the 2010 election.[4] Like his predecessor, Rau has also been described as a social conservative.[5]

Rau expressed approval for the introduction of an R18+ video games classification following the resignation of Atkinson;[6] the issue has been one for which his predecessor Atkinson received significant media attention.[7] Rau appears to be taking a different view to his predecessor and is considering allowing an introduction of an R18+ classification.[8][9]

In February 2011, Rau was elevated to Deputy Premier following the resignation of Kevin Foley from the position.[10]

On 22 November 2016, Rau was appointed a Senior Counsel by the Supreme Court of South Australia.[11]

In addition to Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, in the Cabinet of South Australia Rau held the ministerial portfolios with responsibility for justice reform, planning, industrial relations, child protection reform, the public sector, consumer and business services, and with responsibility for the City of Adelaide.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Rau attended Henley High School.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Owen, Michael (23 March 2010). "Left MP Tony Piccolo refuses to back move on Right's Kevin Foley". The Australian. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ Former Former South Australian deputy premier John Rau quits Parliament ABC News, 10 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ Former Member of Parliament Details Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ Gary Rivett (23 March 2010). "Liberals concede as Rann outlines new team". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  5. ^ Rann's pillars crumble: The Advertiser 12 November 2010
  6. ^ Andrew Ramadge (25 March 2010). "John Rau open to R18+ rating, says campaigner". news.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  7. ^ "ALP 'pledge' to ban R+ games". The Advertiser. News Limited. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  8. ^ SA takes softer line on R18+ game rating: ABC 6 December 2010
  9. ^ South Australian Attorney-General John Rau opens door to R18+ games rating: News.com.au 6 December 2010
  10. ^ "John Rau is new SA deputy premier". Adelaide Now. AAP. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  11. ^ John Rau: Attorney-General named senior counsel in SA Supreme Court appointments: ABC News 22 November 2016
  12. ^ Cabinet of South Australia: Premier.sa.gov.au Archived 21 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Premier Jay Weatherill goes back to school". News.com.au. Retrieved 23 July 2014.

External links[edit]

South Australian House of Assembly
New district Member of Parliament
for Enfield

2002–2018
Succeeded by
Andrea Michaels
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Rann
Minister for Tourism
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Gail Gago
Preceded by
Michael Atkinson
Attorney-General of South Australia
2010–2018
Succeeded by
Vickie Chapman
Preceded by
Kevin Foley
Deputy Premier of South Australia
2011–2018
Preceded by
Gail Gago
as Minister for Business Services and Consumers
Minister for Consumer and Business Services
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Vickie Chapman
as Attorney-General of South Australia
New office Minister for Justice Reform
2014–2018
Minister for Child Protection Reform
2015–2018
Succeeded by
Rachel Sanderson
as Minister for Child Protection
Preceded by
Gail Gago
as Minister for City of Adelaide
Minister for Urban Development, Planning and the City of Adelaide
2011
Succeeded by
Patrick Conlon
as Minister for Housing and Urban Development
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister for Planning
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister for Urban Development, Planning
and the City of Adelaide
Minister for Planning
2011–2018
Succeeded by
Stephan Knoll
Preceded by
Russell Wortley
Minister for Industrial Relations
2013–2018
Succeeded by
Rob Lucas
as Treasurer of South Australia
Preceded by
Susan Close
Minister for the Public Sector
2016–2018
Preceded by
Tom Koutsantonis
Minister for Housing and Urban Development
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Stephen Mullighan
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Foley
Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch)
2011–2018
Succeeded by
Susan Close