Month: December 2016

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Mike Rann

Mike Rann was the Premier of South Australia between 2002 and 2011. He succeeded Lynn Arnold as the leader of South Australian Branch of Australian Labor Party. Throughout his life, he has held several important positions in South Australia, and his tenure as a Premier is one of the longest in the history of South Australia. Jay Weatherhill replaced Rann in the year 2011 when he resigned from the parliament.

Let us have a look at five interesting facts about Mike Rann.

1. He was born in England

Mike Rann was born on 5th of January 1953 in Sidcup, England. Rann’s father worked as an electrician, and his mother worked at an armament factory. In the year 1962, his family shifted to Mangakino in New Zealand and then to Birkenhead on the North Shore of Auckland.
Mike attended the Northcote College here and also completed his Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Auckland. It was in the year 1977, when Mike was 24 that he went to Adelaide to meet his brother and later shifted to the city.

2. He was inspired by Premier Jon Dunstan’s idealism

After shifting to Adelaide, Mike Rann started working in the Industrial Democracy Unit of Premier Don Dunstan. He then worked as Dunstan’s speechwriter, adviser and press secretary. A South Australian commentator has stated that Mike was highly inspired by Premier Jon Dunstan’s idealism and sometimes also talked about being a Premier one day.

3. Mike Rann turned the table for South Australian Labor Party which was struggling in the Parliament

In the 1993 elections, the Labor Party lost the government because of the collapse of State Bank. Out of the 47 assembly seats, Labor Party was only able to win ten seats. Due to the majority of Liberals in the office, it was a widespread belief that the Labor Party would be out of the office for at least 3-4 terms.

Mike Rann took Labor Party’s leadership in the year 1994 and brought the party back into power in the year 2002 when he became the Premier. It was due to him that the party was able to rise above the low ebb and re-established itself as a natural South Australian government party.

4. Seven Network paid out-of-court settlement to Mike Rann in 2010

Sunday Night, a popular current affairs program of Seven Network aired a television interview in which Rann was alleged of having an affair with a waitress of Parliament house between 2004 and 2005. He called a press conference after the program and denied all the allegations. The matter was soon in court and Seven Network paid an out-of-court settlement along with an apology to Rann. A lot of Australians claim that it was this incident which led to the decline of Rann Government.

5. He was awarded the Global Champion of Climate Change Award by Exnora International

Throughout his career, Mike Rann has worked abundantly to protect and has been felicitated for his achievements several times. In the year 2010, Exnora International, an Indian environmental NGO awarded him the Global Champion of Climate Change Award for his extensive work in the field.

Mike Rann is one of the most influential persons of all time, and his government is abundantly responsible for the current economic stability in Southern Australia. Mike is now the CEO of Rann Strategy Group and is a member of King’s Commission for London.

Bio of Mike Rann

Premier, Professor, High Commissioner, Ambassador, and a Lot More: Mike Rann Biography
We often come across people who seem to have all the time in the world to get so many different things done while the majority of us are frazzled and struggling to keep up with our personal or professional lives. Being busy is not what success is. In the end, it will be about what you do and your achievements and not how busy you are.

And a perfect example of someone who has achieved so much in his life and played so many important roles in multiple countries is Mike Rann.

Born on 5th of January, 1953, in South-East London, Mike Rann was 9 when his family emigrated to New Zealand where he attended the Northcote College. He then attended the University of Auckland where he completed his Bachelor and Master of Arts in Political Science. Even as a university student, he was playing the role of Vice President of New Zealand’s Nuclear Disarmament Campaign as well as editor of Craccum, a student newspaper. After finishing the Masters at the University, Rann worked as a political journalist for New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation.

He visited his brother in Adelaide, Australia, when he was 24 and later shifted to the city to work with the Industrial Democracy Unit of Premier Don Dunstan. Later he worked as the press secretary, adviser and speechwriter for Don Dunstan. Once Don Dunstan retired from politics, Mike started working with Labor Premiers John Bannon and Des Corcoran. Rann’s ambition of being a Premier too ignited during these days.

In the year 1985, Rann was elected as Member for Safe Labor Seat in Parliament. Later in the 1989 election, he was elected as Minister for Employment and Further Education, Minister assisting Ethnic Affairs, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Youth Affairs. Once in Ministry, Rann established employment schemes, presided large expansions, established cooking and hospitality college, introduced legislation for establishing the University of South Australia, and did a lot more to help the masses.

After the 1993 election, Rann was elected as Deputy Opposition Leader under Lynn Arnold. Only after a few months, Arnold resigned, and Rann succeeded him as Parliamentary Opposition Leader in 1994. Rann continued as the Opposition Leader until 2002 when he was finally elected the Premier. And not just Premier, he was also the Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Arts, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister for Sustainability and Climate Change.
To improve federal ties of the state, Australian Federation Council was established in the year 2006 and Mike Rann was appointed as its chairman. He was again elected as the Premier in 2006 and then again in the year 2010. He resigned from politics in the year 2012 but still continues to play several important roles, like a professor, visiting fellowship, Member of Council of Royal Institution Australia and the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Mike Rann’s life seems almost unreal due to the number of important roles he has played in several countries. He is the most popular Premier till date and his whole life is what a successful political career looks like. He is now the CEO of Rann Strategy Group and is working as an advisor to Mayor of London.

Talk about people who can get so many things done and achieve so much in life and Mike Rann fits the mold effortlessly.

Everything You Should Know About Mike Rann

Born on 5th of January 1953, Michael David “Mike” Rann was 44th Premier of South Australia. He was the Premier from 2002 to 2011 and spent the 3rd longest time in office as the Premier. He is now the CEO of Rann Strategy Group which offers strategic advisory service to governments and business and is also a member of King’s Commission for London.
Let us have a look at some of the highlights of his political career.

Early Life

Mike Rann was born in England. His father was employed as an electrician, and his mother worked in an armaments factory. In the year 1962, his family moved to Mangakino in New Zealand. They later moved to Birkenhead where Mike attended the Northcote College and then the University of Auckland where he did his Bachelor and Masters of Arts in Political Science.
It was in the year 1977 that Mike visited his brother in Adelaide and moved to the city in the same year. In Adelaide, he was recruited for a position in the Industrial Democracy Unit of Premier Don Dustan. Later, he also served the Labor Premiers John Bannon and Des Corcoran.

Role in Parliament

In the year 1985, Mike Rann was elected as a Member for Safe Labor seat. In the 1989 election, he became the Minister for Employment and Further Education, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Assistant Minister for Ethnic Affairs.
In the 1993 election, the Labor party lost government and was only able to win 10 seats. Mike was then elected as the Deputy Opposition Leader under Lynn Arnold who resigned in 1994 and Mike succeeded him as the Opposition Leader.

Election as Premier

Until the 2002 election, Rann continued to be the Opposition leader in Parliament. After the deadlock between Labor and Liberal party which continued for a few months, he was then selected as the new Premier of South Australia. He was again selected as the Premier in the 2006 and 2010 election before he finally resigned in the year 2012.

After Resignation

Even after resignation from Parliament, Mike Rann was appointed as a Professor, visiting fellowship, a member of The Climate Group, and Council Member of Royal Institution Australia. He was also the Permanent Representative of Australia to UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

Personal Life

Mike Rann divorced his first wife, Jenny Russell, in the late 1990s. They have two children’s- Eleanor and David. In the year 2006, Mike married actress Sasha Carruozzo. In the year 2009, Mike’s personal life was the talk of the tabloids as Sunday Night, a popular current affairs program which claimed that Mike had an affair with a waitress in Parliament between 2004 and 2005.

Seven Networks, the channel which broadcasted Sunday Night paid an out-of-court settlement to Mike in the year 2010 along with an apology for the allegations.

Currently, Mike is the CEO of Rann Strategy Group and a member of King’s Commission for London. Throughout the South Australian history, Mike Rann has been one of the most popular Premiers and is responsible for several laws and establishments that are now abundantly helping the country.