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Dr John Bannon
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39th Premier of South Australia
Elections: 1982, 1985, 1989
In office
10 November 1982 – 4 September 1992
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Sir Donald Dunstan
Dame Roma Mitchell
Deputy John Wright (1982–1985)
Don Hopgood (1985–1992)
Preceded by David Tonkin
Succeeded by Lynn Arnold
Personal details
John Charles Bannon

(1943-05-07)7 May 1943
Bendigo, Victoria
Died 13 December 2015(2015-12-13) (aged 72)
Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Alma mater University of Adelaide (BA, LLB)
Flinders University (PhD)

John Charles Bannon (7 May 1943 – 13 December 2015) was an Australian politician. He was the 39th Premier of South Australia, leading the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party from a single term in opposition back to government at the 1982 election.

In 1992 Bannon became Labor's longest-serving and South Australia's second longest-serving Premier. As a result of the State Bank collapse, he resigned as Premier in 1992, and from parliament at the 1993 election landslide.

Early life

Bannon was born in Bendigo, and attended East Adelaide Primary School and St Peter's College in Adelaide. He completed degrees in Arts and Law at the University of Adelaide. While at university, he was co-editor of the student newspaper in 1964.

He was president of the Adelaide University Student Representative Council in 1966–67, president of the Adelaide University Union in 1969–1971 and president of the National Union of Australian University Students in 1968. Following the completion of his studies, he was an advisor to various governments, including Whitlam's.

Later life

In 1994 the ABC offered Bannon a directorial position, which he accepted. With an interest in South Australian history, he researched at Flinders University. He later studied and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Australian political history at Flinders University, where he was a professor. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide Law School and in 2014 he received an honorary doctorate from the University. He was Master of St Mark's College from 2000 to 2007. On Australia Day 2007, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Personal life and death

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John Bannon's first wife was Supreme Court Justice Robyn Layton, with whom he had a daughter. His second wife, Angela, is the mother of musician and television personality Dylan Lewis.

Bannon was a good runner, completing the Adelaide Marathon. His best performance was the 1983 Adelaide Marathon, which he ran in a time of 2:44:34. He was premier at the time.

Bannon died of cancer on 13 December 2015, aged 72, and was active right up until his death. He was given a state funeral on 21 December 2015.

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