POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY

Don Dunstan
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Non-conformist Premier of South Australia from 1967-1968 and 1970-1979. Don Dunstan was born in Fiji and entered Parliament in 1953.

He will always be remembered for wearing pink shorts in Parliament.

He resigned as Premier of SA in 1979 due to health reasons. He announced the news to the press whilst wearing short pyjamas.

Don Dunstan - courtesy of the age


Don Dunstan, aged 72, passed away in his Adelaide home on 6th February, 1999, after a long battle with lung cancer.

He had previously said "I would like to be remembered for making South Australia a better, freer and happier place."

In his last interview, shortly before he died, he said it was often necessary to make people feel uncomfortable in able to make changes - and changes did come under his leadership. South Oz was the first state to decriminalise homosexuality and he led the way to reforming the Upper House and the overhauling of licensing laws. Don Dunstan will never be forgotten for nourishing the arts in his state.

The University of Adelaide will set up a Don Dunstan Foundation to perpetuate his memory and work together with his agenda of social equity, industrial democracy and tolerance.


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