John Bannon, Australian politician, Died at 72

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John Charles Bannon was born on May 7, 1943, and died on December 13, 2015.

He was an Australian politician.

John was the 39th Premier of South Australia, leading the Labour Party to government in the 1982 election.

The Bannon Labour government was re-elected in the 1985 election and the 1989 election.

As a result of the State Bank collapse, John resigned as Premier and Labour leader in 1992, and from politics at the end of the 11-year Labour government resulting from the 1993 election landslide.

Bannon was born in Bendigo, Victoria and attended the 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 On Dit along with Ken Scott and Jacqui Dibden in 1964.

He was president of the Adelaide University Student Representative Council in 1966 to 1967, president of the Adelaide University Union in 1969 to 1971 and president of the Australian Union of Students in 1968.

Following the completion of his studies, he was an advisor to various governments, including Gough Whitlam’s ministry.

John Bannon’s first wife was Supreme Court Justice Robyn Layton, with whom he had a daughter, Victoria.

His second wife, Angela, is the mother of musician and television personality Dylan Lewis.

John younger brother Nicholas died in Wilpena Pound in 1959.

John Charles Bannon passed away at age 72 in December 2015.

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