Australian Labor Party leader to train for the ministry: The Church of England Newspaper, April 29, 2012 p 6. May 4, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Australia, Church of England Newspaper.
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The former Labor Party leader and South Australia Premier, Dr. Lynn Arnold, has resigned as head of the church’s social service agency Anglicare SA to study for the ordained ministry.
On 16 April 2012 Archbishop Jeffrey Driver announced that Dr. Arnold would leave Anglicare SA at the end of June to enter St Barnabas College – the diocese’s theological college. Dr. Driver said he had been in conversation with Dr. Arnold about his call to ordained ministry for a number of years, and at age 63 Dr. Arnold said it was time to act.
Under his four-year tenure as leader of Anglicare SA, Dr. Arnold increased the staff to 1500 and doubled its annual budget to AU$100 million. The archbishop lauded Dr. Arnold’s record at the social service agency saying he had “significantly invested in public advocacy and has been the strong and compassionate face of Anglicare’s innovative care and service approach.”
Elected to Parliament in 1979, he served as a minster in the state’s Labor government that entered office in 1982 variously holding the Education, Tertiary Education, Agriculture and State Development portfolios. In 1992 he became Labor Party leader of South Australia and premier after the resignation of John Bannon. In the 1993 elections he was turned out of office by the Liberal Party and left politics a year later. From 1997 to 2007 he worked for World Vision and in 2007 was appointed CEO of Anglicare SA by Dr. Driver.
First printed in the Church of England Newspaper.