Bruce Hawker is a leading campaign manager with 30 years experience advising leaders in business and politics. As MD of Campaigns & Communications, Bruce manages crises and plans and executes communications campaigns.

SA 1997 Election: A Great Labor Comeback

The 1997 South Australian election produced one of the most remarkable results in Australian political history.

Labor had been decimated at the 1993 election following the collapse of the State Bank of South Australia. Its numbers crashed from 24 to just 10 in a lower house of 47. They were dubbed the Kombi van Opposition and some commentators predicted that the next Labor Premier was not even in the Parliament.

Mike Rann inherited the Labor Leadership in 1994 [...]

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Mike Rann retires: go well and good luck

By Bruce Hawker and Graeme Wedderburn

Today, one of Labor’s modern titans, Mike Rann steps down as Premier of South Australia.

By any fair assessment, he has achieved a great deal for South Australia, including a decade of steady economic growth, more jobs and investment.

The full list of his government’s achievements in health, education, transport, arts and culture, social inclusion and across all other portfolios exceeds [...]

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