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John Bannon remembered as a passionate runner

Posted December 14, 2015 17:56:12

John Bannon was much more than just a premier, he was a tenacious runner, clocking up 28 Adelaide marathons among 1979 and 2006, say members of the South Australian Road Runners Club.

Peter Slagter ran the inaugural Gawler to Adelaide marathon with Dr Bannon in 1979 and the two became portion of the so-known as Magnificent Seven, a group of guys competing to run the most Adelaide marathons consecutively.

“Back in 2005, him and I and another chap had been the final three left standing who had carried out all the marathons and the year after it was only John and the other guy,” Mr Slagter mentioned.

“John attempted to do that one particular soon after a key surgery that he had, some four weeks soon after the significant surgery and Angela, his wife, and I had been standing on the side lines considering ‘John, what the heck are you doing?’

“That just shows you the tenacity of the guy. However he only lasted five ks but he wanted to be the last man standing to have completed all the Adelaide marathons.”

The South Australian Road Runners Club has paid tribute to Dr Bannon on social media, saying he holds the equal ideal typical operating time more than 25 Adelaide marathons of three hours and seven minutes.

His very best time was in 1983, when he ran a marathon in two hours and 44 minutes.

“Most of us runners try and strive to do a 3-hour marathon and he has accomplished most of these 28 under three hours so as an athlete he was quite excellent. I do not know how he identified the time to do it,” Mr Slagter stated.

He stated that when Dr Bannon hit the road, he was just like any other runner.

“The beauty about this running game is it is a hell of a leveller,” he said.

“You could be operating effectively in this case, politicians or the dustman next door or anyone, and John was one of these guys who did not want to be up there.

“He was just a regular guy and you could talk to him on any level.”

His old operating mate recalled one instance of this being his choice of operating attire.

“His dress sense when it came to running was constantly a funny issue due to the fact him and his black shorts, it was always a topic of conversation at the coffee shop afterwards simply because John never ever wore the up-marketplace Nike style shorts and this kind of issue,” mentioned Mr Slagter.

Dr Bannon was a life member of the South Australian Road Runners Club, and Mr Slagter mentioned he would be sorely missed in the operating community.

“We missed him in the final seven years, due to the fact of his illness he wasn’t running. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of the running fraternity that we’ll miss him even more now.”

Subjects: government-and-politics, states-and-territories, death, neighborhood-and-society, sa, adelaide-5000

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Visionary John Bannon modernised Labor and South Australia

Posted December 14, 2015 14:52:59

John Bannon is being remembered for many factors such as being South Australia’s longest serving Labor leader, but it is the collapse of the State Bank that casts the longest shadow over his time in politics.

The collapse nearly bankrupt the state, costing billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Reflecting on Dr Bannon’s career, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill described his predecessor’s life as full of paradoxes.

“He was normally recognized, when he was treasurer of South Australia, as getting a single of the most conservative treasurers with the finances of the state, to the point where some of his colleagues would become fairly frustrated with the care he would take over the dollars and the cents,” Mr Weatherill stated.

“For him to be brought down by a economic crisis, with events that numerous would argue have been beyond his handle, appears to be cruel.

“He just took it on the chin. It was just a measure of his strength of character,” Mr Weatherill said.

Dr Bannon died on Sunday soon after a lengthy illness — an additional paradox provided his love of sport and high level of private fitness.

“All of these items about which you could simply complain, you in no way heard a word of complaint from John,” Mr Weatherill stated.

An additional paradox was that as a Labor man, he was schooled in the establishment obtaining gone to the elite boy’s school St Peter’s College (where his father was an art teacher) and then onto Adelaide University where he studied law and arts.

He is credited with modernising the Labor Party but, unlike his flamboyant predecessor Don Dunstan, Dr Bannon was a quiet and conservative man.

Yes the concern of the State Bank was that final chapter but if we look at his contribution more than his 10 years as Premier … it was significant.

Former Liberal leader Dean Brown

Each men have libraries of their function at Flinders University. A single consists of, amid the treasures, a piano, safari suits and pink shorts — the other is all books and speeches.

There have been massive ideas although, such as the multi-function polis, touted as a city of the future but which never eventuated.

Dr Bannon brought Formula A single motor racing to the streets of Adelaide, opened the state’s first casino, constructed the Entertainment Centre and O’Bahn public transport method, authorized the Olympic Dam Uranium Mine and even stood awkwardly subsequent to pop sensation Boy George in front of masses of fans in Rundle Mall.

But when the State Bank began to bleed billions of dollars in undesirable bargains, the buck stopped with the premier and he resigned in 1992.

Turn out to be a scholar and contributed to arts, sport

Lynn Arnold, who took more than as premier, praised his buddy for establishing submarine creating in South Australia.

“We neglect just what Australians believed in the early 80s about Australians building massive defence investments, we did not believe it was attainable,” he said.

“It took John Bannon and Jim Duncan [a public servant], who reported to John Bannon in the bureaucracy to take on that fight, first of all inside our own neighborhood … and then in Canberra,” Mr Arnold mentioned.

The aftermath of the State Bank for Labor was an obliteration at the polls.

Liberal leader Dean Brown became premier before becoming challenged by John Olsen.

“Whilst in the previous we might have had our political differences, it was a pleasure to operate with him in a professional connection,” Mr Olsen mentioned.

“Yes, the situation of the State Bank was that final chapter but if we appear at his contribution over his 10 years as premier … it was important.”

Soon after his political profession, Dr Bannon became a major scholar of federation, earning a PhD.

He served on the board of the ABC and South Australian Cricket Association.

In keeping with his paradoxical perform, the Labor leader wrote a biography of the South Australian Conservative leader John Downer and worked closely with former Liberal minister Ian McLaughlin at the SACA.

Though he lived a life seemingly of paradoxes and contradictions, Dr Bannon is remembered as a man of principle and a politician without ego.

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Former South Australian premier John Bannon dies aged 72

Posted December 13, 2015 18:08:17

Former South Australian premier John Bannon has died, aged 72, following fighting a extreme illness for many years.

The former Labor leader passed away surrounded by family members nowadays.

Mr Bannon led the Labor Party to Government at the 1982 election, where he became premier and treasurer.

He held the positions for nearly a decade, before resigning in 1992.

Current South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill paid tribute to Mr Bannon, saying he was a excellent friend and mentor.

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Olympic boss John Coates ’embarrassed’ by Rowing Australia oversight

Posted December 04, 2015 00:45:35

Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates has admitted to becoming embarrassed by the sports body he when presided more than.

Speaking to ABC NewsRadio Mr Coates defended a controversial requirement for sports to compel their athletes to forego their legal “proper to silence” or miss selection for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The provision is contained in the 2015 Anti Doping Policy sent by ASADA for adoption by all sports but early this week it was discovered Rowing Australia had uploaded the current version of the policy, minus the essential provision that states:

“The frequent law privileges against self-incrimination … are abrogated by this post.”

Mr Coates stated as soon as he was alerted to the omission he contacted Rowing Australia to ask why they had been the only Olympic sport not to have adopted the provision.

“Yeah, I rang them. I stated ‘do you know you did not do this,’ and they got the shock of their life,” he stated.

“It was a private embarrassment to me due to the fact I’m a former president of that physique and a former honorary secretary.”

It was place down to “administrative error”.

Mr Coates, who is also a vice president of the International Olympic Committee, is identified to support a hardline method to doping in sport and during a Senate inquiry in 2013 referred to as for criminal sanctions to be imposed against athletes who withheld details from the ASADA investigators.

Even though ASADA was offered a quantity of coercive powers, athletes having to forego the appropriate to silence was not 1 of them.

By inserting it into the Anti-Doping Policy template though, at the request of the Australian Olympic Committee, ASADA now has that energy.

Mr Coates said clean athletes had been happy to comply with a quantity of intrusions in order to shield sport from doping.

He described the intrusions — such as becoming accessible at any time for drug testing — as “element of the privilege of being an Olympian, part of the privilege of participating in the sport”.

“If it really is good adequate for ASIC (Australian Securities Investment Commission) to have these quite exact same coercive powers even when they may possibly self-incriminate and lead to economic penalties and to criminal sanctions, jail terms … in order to preserve the financial integrity of our financial markets, our position is it really is also great adequate to preserve the integrity of sport,” he stated.

Nevertheless, where ASIC has been provided that power via legislation, ASADA has not.

Mr Coates was asked to comment on the concerns of athletes and player unions who have spoken out publicly against the abrogation of the appropriate to silence.

“These are the unions who are not elected representatives of the athletes,” he mentioned, “I know who they are.”

He was asked no matter whether he thought players or athletes must not have union bodies representing them.

“I feel our position is that all bodies ought to have athletes representatives on their board who are elected by the athletes themselves,” Mr Coates said.

“That is the case with the Athletes Commissions in the national federations and the Australian Olympic Committee.

“It is not some other self-appointed physique that goes out and negotiates wages and other matters for them.”

Subjects: rowing, sport, australia

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François Hollande: the John Wayne of the Champs Élysées

Veritable transformation … François Hollande. Photograph: Reuters

If the Islamic State suicide bombers who attacked the Stade de France on Friday 13 November had succeeded in getting into the stadium, as seems to have been their intention, France may possibly now be facing an added crisis of political, constitutional and existential significance: namely, the assassination of the president of the republic.

It was no secret that François Hollande, the Socialist leader who was elected to the Élysées in 2012, was attending that evening’s football match against Germany. It could reasonably be assumed he was the terrorists’ prime target. Pictures of Hollande’s ashen-faced safety detail as they hurried him away to safety indicate how close a shave this was.

Hollande’s survival has been much more than merely physical. In the torrid days following the attacks, this unprepossessing politician, who styled himself “Monsieur Normal” as he fought to unseat Nicolas Sarkozy, has morphed into an extraordinary figure – a gritty leader, well-known commander and “chef de guerre” – who seems, for now, practically bigger than life.

In a whirlwind of activity that included an historic address to parliament in Versailles, Hollande declared France to be at war with Islamist jihadism, named for a international military coalition with France at its helm, demanded EU-wide support, imposed a national state of emergency and border checks, place troops on the streets, and vowed to vastly extend invasive state safety powers.

For a man when widely dismissed as a loser and a lightweight, it was a veritable transformation. Abroad, he had maybe been ideal recognized for his furtive motorcycle tryst with his actor lover, Julie Gayet, and his messy, public breakup with his First Lady, Valérie Trierweiler. At property, he had endured the further indignity of becoming rated France’s most useless president ever, with a dismal 16% approval rating recorded exactly a single year ago.

Coming from a lifelong Socialist, Hollande’s dramatic talk of unbridled war, his embrace of a very conservative safety agenda, and his stated determination to mercilessly crush France’s foes seemed incongruous, to say the least. A man of notoriously diminutive stature, Hollande was all of a sudden walking tall, the John Wayne of the Champs Élysées. Soon after January’s Charlie Hebdo shootings, Hollande went searching for causes – social exclusion, economic deprivation, alienation of young Muslims. Final week, he went seeking for culprits.

François Hollande: France will in no way give in to worry – video

The key to understanding this apparent paradox might lie in the nature of modern political leadership in times of crisis, for Hollande’s journey, as a man and statesman, is by no signifies exclusive.

Modern leaders have obtainable a number of familiar crisis-management tools, as nicely as some new ones. They variety from patriotic rhetoric, appeals to national sentiment and identity, claims of moral superiority, worry of the other, and the delegitimisation and dehumanisation of the “enemy” to actual-time, mass-media communications, mass surveillance, and the overweening energy, attain and legal force of a modern-day government.

Unhesitating, Hollande reached for them all. Faced with a basic and outrageous challenge to the established state, the president, as the embodiment, symbol and premier office holder of that identical state, shifted instantaneously to what may possibly be termed crisis default position one: that is to say, he stood up, took a stand, banished all sense of doubt and self-blame, and boldly rallied the nation in defence of the republic.

As events in other nations have shown, at such moments of extreme national stress, variations in political ideology and policy turn out to be properly moot, at least for a although. Political point-scoring, for instance, over glaring contradictions amongst the state’s newest, required actions and conventional issues about individual freedom, privacy and civil liberties is temporarily set aside.

Ordinary citizens, for the most portion willingly, turn out to be celebration to this understanding. It is as although they are saying, albeit with out actually being asked, that dissent is unwelcome and only serves to give comfort to the “enemy”. These who disagree, as Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn did in a diverse context about shoot-to-kill policy, are booed down. The unspoken, over-riding priority is for national unity, above all else, in the face of a typical threat – and this fundamental notion, at such occasions, is fiercely held and virtually tribal in origin.

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This phenomenon is by no indicates confined to France, nor is it specifically new. This collective circling of wagons at moments of peril is at least as old as the post-Enlightenment contemporary nation state. In terms of political rhetoric and strongman leadership, the ancient Greeks would have no problems recognising current behaviour.

A similar, unscripted physical exercise in voluntary, collective obeisance, or self-censorship, was evident in the US following 9/11, when overt opposition and media criticism of White Property counter-terrorism policies was seen as almost treasonable for a time. It was a development that thwarted accountability, discouraged transparency, and was eventually deeply injurious to American democracy and the peoples of the Middle East.

So Hollande, so far, has survived. He has ridden the tiger with aplomb. But there is a weighty down side to such “take no prisoners” crisis management, as other leaders have identified. Hollande may possibly however come to rue some or significantly of what he has lately set in train as normality returns the price tag of such from-the-gut leadership can be higher.

The choices a leader tends to make among a principled and populist path, amongst inspirational, emotional reactivity and cautious, thought-via policy adjustment grow to be clearer as the dust settles. And the consequences, as constantly, are unpredictable and usually unwelcome. As objective political evaluations and daily judgments resume, so too does a a lot more rigorous, much less credulous, less trustful scrutiny, replacing mindless grief, anger and worry. This procedure is already gathering force in Paris.

Politics of instinct … Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who won his recent general election on a campaign of fear.

Politics of instinct … Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who won his recent basic election on a campaign of worry. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Preceding expertise ought to inform Hollande what to anticipate. Praised for his statesmanlike reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the so-named “Charlie effect” on his poll ratings swiftly dissipated. Two months later, the Socialists had been trounced in the 1st round of local elections by the Sarkozy-led, centre-proper opposition and by the Front National (FN) of Marine Le Pen.

History may soon repeat itself, as the FN gears up for large advances in subsequent month’s nationwide municipal polls. Le Pen has been careful with what she has said, tacitly acknowledging the immediate national urge to rally round the flag and the president. She is evidently anxious about becoming accused of exploiting the scenario for political achieve. But both she and Sarkozy are merely biding their time.

When the dust has settled, Hollande will most likely face redoubled efforts, all the much more furious for possessing been delayed, to blame him and his administration for fatal intelligence lapses and immigration policy failures, for a misguided, Mitterrand-style tolerance for “la difference” in French society, specifically exactly where Muslims are concerned, and for an interventionist foreign policy, in the Middle East and Francophone Africa, that has produced France both the target and the victim of its enemies.

Comparisons can be instructive, although they are not encouraging. The Syrian civil war and the parallel rise of international jihadi terrorism have presented other national leaders with dilemmas and pitfalls akin to these faced by Hollande.

In Turkey earlier this month, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development party (AKP) scored a famous basic election victory. But Erdoğan’s campaign was based on worry: of physical and financial insecurity, of the Kurdish minority, of Isis and other extremists, of Syrian refugees and European governments bent on exploiting Turkey for their personal ends.

Possibly Erdoğan genuinely believed his personal rhetoric, that he had no choice but to cast the vote in terms of pals versus enemies. But his politics of instinct may yet prove disastrously contrary to his country’s long-term interest.

Careless rhetoric … George W Bush at Ground Zero after 9/11.

Careless rhetoric … George W Bush at Ground Zero after 9/11. Photograph: Getty Pictures

The election has left Turkey utterly divided, with 49% backing Erdoğan’s way of undertaking items and 49% against, according to a Pew survey. Turkey is half in and half out of the battle to replace Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, half in and half out of a resumed war with Kurdish separatists, half in and half out of Europe and of an agreement to help stem the flow of refugees. If matters deteriorate, Erdoğan will be blamed.

Angela Merkel, Germany’s long-serving and apparently unassailable chancellor, was hailed virtually as a contemporary-day Mother Teresa when she opened her borders in the summer to thousands of migrants advancing on Germany by way of Greece and the Balkans. It was a heartfelt gesture, no doubt, and one that was celebrated by numerous in Germany resentful of the country’s post-Greece image as Europe’s heartless, penny-pinching boss.

But winter is coming, in Berlin as elsewhere, and there have been a lot of second thoughts. Merkel is facing a growing storm of opposition, not least from within the ranks of her personal conservative Christian Democrats. She could but be forced to alter course.

Merkel would say that she made a quick choice when no one else in Europe would. She would say she acted from humanitarian motives, and that she acted for the best. But as Hollande may soon find out, choices reached at the height of a crisis are no substitute for long-term policy generating, nevertheless popular they appear at the time.

Several other senior politicians have faced related moments of acute national emergency or crisis when the stress for swift action, challenging words and robust – or vainglorious – expressions of leadership is both irresistible and, ultimately, calamitous. George W Bush fell prey to rash choices and careless rhetoric with his talk of a crusade against al-Qaida and his vow to hunt down Osama bin Laden “dead or alive”. He prematurely declared victory in a war that nevertheless had eight years to run. Tony Blair, too keen to do what he personally deemed the right factor, so more than-egged his Iraq invasion pudding that his reputation in no way recovered.

Margaret Thatcher greeted Argentina’s invasion of the Falklands with visceral, violent, patriotic defiance. But her subsequent, improvised actions, specifically the sinking of the Argentine cruiser Belgrano, stay deeply controversial – and the Falklands concern remains dangerously unresolved.

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Political responses to intense crisis want not usually be disastrous. Mikhail Gorbachev, contemplating the imminent implosion of the Soviet Union, located himself trapped in an historical cul-de-sac. It could all have grow to be really nasty as the nuclear-armed state fell apart. In the end, the last general-secretary of the USSR did as effectively as anybody may well have anticipated. But he is still reviled on the Russian nationalist appropriate as the man who lost the empire.

In 1989, Helmut Kohl, then chancellor of West Germany, was likewise unexpectedly confronted with the fall of the Berlin Wall and a increasing crucial for German reunification. Like Hollande, he was, and possibly deserved to be, a considerably underestimated man. But Kohl pulled off an remarkable transformation, with out bloodshed and with out much fuss.

Like Hollande, these contemporary-day leaders all resorted amid crisis to the language, trappings and power of national will, unity, patriotism, determination, defiance and unswerving dedication to victory. All knew that, like him, their survival as leaders was on the line. And almost all paid a high personal, political or historical price for the instinctive and typically ill-thought-out manner in which they responded.

In the previous week, Hollande has carried out the French proud. In the coming period, the French, committed by their president to an open-ended war in the Middle East, slowly absorbing the numerous damaging, divisive longer-term consequences of his current actions at house, and eventually forgetful of last week’s magnificent sense of unity, will most most likely do for Hollande.