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Don Dunstan AC QC

1926 – 1999

Don Dunstan AC QC (1926-1999) was Labor Premier of South Australia from 1967 to 1968 and 1970 to 1979. During his premierships, South Australia was in the vanguard of social and political reform in this country, introducing much progressive legislation pertaining to sex discrimination, Aboriginal rights, decriminalisation of homosexuality, industrial relations, environmental conservation, and electoral reform. It was also at this time that Adelaide's Festival of the Arts became a cultural event of international stature. On one occasion Dunstan wore pink shorts in Parliament as a symbol of his commitment to change. This piece of frivolity notwithstanding, he revitalised State politics and was a major influence on later State Labor premiers.

Updated 2018