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ENG: Michael David Rann CNZM (born 5 January 1953) is the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since 1 February 2013 and a former Australian politician who served as the 44th Premier of South Australia. He led the South Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to minority government at the 2002 election, before attaining a landslide win at the 2006 election. Rann Labor was elected to a third four-year term at the 2010 election, retaining majority government despite a swing. He resigned from the premiership in October 2011 to be succeeded by Jay Weatherill. He is the third-longest serving Premier of South Australia behind Sir Thomas Playford and John Bannon. He also served a record 17 years as South Australian Labor parliamentary leader from September 1994 ...
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Test for Premier as Kevin Foley follows Mike Rann out the do

KEVIN Foley will quit state politics next week, marking a passage of the old guard of the Labor Party making way for the new. Mike Rann's closest ally, Mr Foley announced in September that he would stand down from the South Australian ministry on October 20, the same day as the former Premier. The former treasurer is currently holidaying in Bali. However, he told The Australian last night he would make an announcement about his future, including any new career, next week. "I had intended to quit when I stood down as minister but stayed on to assist passage of the Olympic Dam Indenture ...

Razor gang leak under forensic investigation: Rann

South Australian Premier Mike Rann says forensic scientists are helping to investigate who was responsible for leaking the razor gang report ahead of the state budget. The Sustainable Budget Commission caused alarm with its list of money-saving suggestions. One of the more controversial was a call to shut the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital. Mr Rann has labelled the leak as a disgrace and has promised the repatriation hospital will never close under a Labor Government. "Whoever did the leak knew that it had already been rejected," he said. "It took one second to reject a dopey ...

Rann doubts public servants will be sacked

Premier Mike Rann has echoed the view of his Treasurer that he doubts the South Australian Government will have to resort to sacking public servants. Like Kevin Foley, Mr Rann thinks the redundancy package on offer will prove lucrative enough to achieve cuts of more than 3,700 positions. The target was set in last week's SA budget. The Government indicated it would consider sackings if the target could not be achieved. Ahead of the election in March, Mr Rann made a written pledge to public servants that there would not be any forced redundancies in a new term for a Labor ...

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What States Can Do - Part X: Better Planning For Our Cities
<p>In Australia there is renewed national interest in cities after years of neglect.  The current Federal Government, in office for less than five years, has already invested more in urban public transport than all previous national governments combined since Australia's Federation in 1901.  It has also doubled its road budget during difficult economic times.</p><p>Australia, despite its outback image, is one of the world's most urbanised nations.  Just over half the world's population lives in cities. In Australia it's a massive 75%. 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coastline. Cities are also our biggest economic generators accounting for 80% of Australia's GDP and three out of every four of our workers.</p><p>And while four of Australia's cities - Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney - routinely rank in the top ten of the world's 140 most liveable cities, they are under increasing strain with growing but ageing p
What States Can Do - Part IX: Head towards zero waste
<p>My rationale for this series of blogs has been about how different states in different nations can learn from each other by sharing policy ideas that work. Adopting and adapting policies from other jurisdictions has certainly paid dividends for South Australia over the decades. In Australia, the state of South Australia is often seen as a policy and reform leader but for many of our initiatives we have borrowed ideas from around the world.<br/><br/>One of those areas of leadership is waste management and recycling. South Australia has now achieved a recycling rate of nearly 80%. This means that last year 4.3 million tonnes of materials were diverted from landfill to recycling. On a per capita basis, this was the best result of any state in Australia. In an era of climate change this is important, preventing the equivalent of more than 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere. Environment Minister Paul Caica recently put this achievement into conte
Appointment as Australian High Commissioner to the UK
<p>I am honoured to have been asked by the Australian Government to become Australia's next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. I look forward to working hard in Britain on behalf of Australians.</p><p>The relationship with the United Kingdom is of extraordinary importance to Australia. The UK is the nation with the highest level of investment in Australia and continues to be a major trading partner.  But the ties go deeper than this. Over the years the United Kingdom has been our greatest source of migration.  We have been the greatest of allies in war and in times of peace. We work closely together through the Commonwealth, the UN, G20 and other international organisations. Our legal, political, defence and cultural ties are immense.</p><p>A number of former South Australian Parliamentarians have served Australia with distinction in diplomatic posts, including former South Australian Premier John Olsen in Los Angeles and New York; Robert Hill
A Thank You
<p>I have received a number of approaches from the media in recent days, requesting interviews on the anniversary of my stepping down as Premier on October 21 last year. I have declined because I do not think it is fair to my successor, Jay Weatherill, or his Ministers for me to be involved in commentary on SA Government affairs, let alone daily local political issues. My predecessors afforded me the same courtesy during my 17 years as SA Labor leader.</p><p>On November 1 I become a Commonwealth Public Servant and from then on I cannot comment on partisan matters.  However, Sasha and I wanted to take this opportunity before I begin my new career simply to say 'thank you'.  The past year has been both difficult and busy, dominated by the discovery last November of Sasha's breast and lymphatic cancer, her tests, surgery, and the long months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy that followed.  We are immensely grateful to her surgeon Melissa, her oncologist Tr

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