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Encyclopedia > Paul Lennon
Paul Lennon
Paul Lennon

Incumbent
Assumed office 
21 March 2004
Preceded by Jim Bacon

Born 8 October 1955
Hobart, Tasmania
Constituency Franklin
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession Trade Union official

Paul Anthony Lennon (born 8 October 1955), Australian politician, has been Premier of Tasmania since 21 March 2004. He is a member of the Australian Labor Party. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Before the 1890s there was no formal party system in Tasmania. ... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Alexander Bacon AC (May 15, 1950 - June 20, 2004) was Premier of Tasmania from 1998 to 2004. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (282nd in leap years). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. ... Capital Hobart Government Const. ... Division of Franklin The Division of Franklin, Tasmania, Australia, is one of the 5 electorates in the Tasmanian House of Assembly. ... The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is Australias oldest political party. ... A trade union or labor union is a continuous association of wage-earners for the purpose of maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (282nd in leap years). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Premiers of the Australian states are the heads of the executive governments in the six states of the Commonwealth of Australia. ... Capital Hobart Government Const. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is Australias oldest political party. ...


Lennon is rare among modern Australian politicians in that he does not have a university education and comes from a working-class background. Born in Hobart, he worked as a storeman and clerk before becoming an organiser with the Storemen and Packers Union in 1978. In 1980 he became Tasmanian State Secretary of the union and from 1982 he was Senior Vice President of the national union. Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. ...


In 1984 Lennon became Secretary of the Tasmanian Trades & Labor Council, and also a member of the Executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The Tasmanian Trades & Labor Council, also known as Unions Tasmania, is a representative body of trade union organisations in the State of Tasmania, Australia. ... The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is the peak national body representing workers in Australia. ...


Lennon was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1990 on a recount of votes following the resignation of Ken Wriedt and immediately became Deputy Leader of the Labor Party. He was Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Workplace Standards, Workers' Compensation, Public Sector Management, Forests, Mines, Racing and Gaming, and Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly. The House of Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of Tasmania in Australia. ...


On the election of a Labor government under Jim Bacon in 1998, Lennon became Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources and Minister for Racing and Gaming. Following the re-election of the government in 2002, he became Minister for Economic Development, Energy and Resources, and Minister for Racing and Sport and Recreation. James Alexander Bacon AC (May 15, 1950 - June 20, 2004) was Premier of Tasmania from 1998 to 2004. ...


In February 2004 Bacon was diagnosed with lung cancer and stood down as Premier to begin treatment. Lennon was Acting Premier until 21 March, when Bacon resigned and Lennon was sworn in as Tasmania’s 42nd Premier. He was also Treasurer until 2006 when he was succeeded by Michael Aird. Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ...


Lennon and Bacon were close friends as well as colleagues and Lennon was emotional as he assumed the premiership with Bacon watching on. "It's hard to describe how you feel when someone who has been that close to you also happens to be your boss," Lennon told an interviewer. "It was a very tough time. A very tough time indeed."


Lennon is known as an active proponent of Tasmania's forestry industry, which has made him very unpopular with the Greens, numerous conservation groups and others on the left. He represents a long tradition of conservative, pro-business Labor leadership in Tasmania. Both Lennon's Labor government and the State Opposition have been criticised for their close ties with the logging company Gunns Limited. The Tasmanian Greens are a political party who developed from numerous environmental campaigns in Tasmania including the flooding of Lake Pedder and the building of the Franklin Dam. ... Gunns Limited is a major forestry enterprise located in Tasmania, Australia. ...


In January 2006, Lennon faced criticism in the media over allegations of impropriety when it was revealed that he had received an upgrade from a A$200 per night room in the Crown Casino to a six-star suite worth up to A$4000 per night, complete with a private butler. The Crown Casino is owned by the Packer family's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, which also owns a 50% stake in Betfair, the company to which Lennon's government days later awarded a A$700 million internet gaming licence.[1] Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, or PBL, is one of Australias major media companies. ...


In the 2006 state election Lennon successfully led the Labor party to a majority government, contrary to many pre-election predictions. Legislative elections for the House of Assembly were held in the Australian state of Tasmania on 18 March 2006. ...


He is married with two children.


References

  • Tasmanian parliamentary profile

See also

  • Paul Lennon's maiden speech to parliament
Preceded by
Jim Bacon
Premier of Tasmania
2004-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent


James Alexander Bacon AC (May 15, 1950 - June 20, 2004) was Premier of Tasmania from 1998 to 2004. ... Before the 1890s there was no formal party system in Tasmania. ...

Premiers of Tasmania
Champ | Gregson | Weston | Smith | Chapman | Whyte | Dry | Wilson | Innes | Kennerley | Reibey | Fysh | Giblin | Crowther | Douglas | Agnew | Dobson | Braddon | E. Lewis | Propsting | Evans | Earle | Solomon | Lee | Hayes | Lyons | McPhee | Ogilvie | Dwyer-Gray | Cosgrove | Brooker | Reece | Bethune | Neilson | Lowe | Holgate | Gray | Field | Groom | Rundle | Bacon | Lennon
Current Premiers and Chief Ministers of the States and territories of Australia
ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Jon Stanhope Morris Iemma Clare Martin Peter Beattie Mike Rann Paul Lennon Steve Bracks Alan Carpenter

  Results from FactBites:
 
Tasmanian Labor Party: Paul Lennon - Member for Franklin (0 words)
Paul Lennon was elected to Parliament in 1990 and held the positions of Opposition Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Workplace Standards/Workers’ Compensation, Public Sector Management, Forests, Mines, Racing and Gaming and Leader of Business in the House of Assembly.
Paul was Secretary of the Tasmanian Trades and Labor Council between 1984-89; and Assistant General Manager, Development, Tasmanian Development Authority in 1989-90.
Paul has been a member of the Tasmanian Racing Authority and in 1987 was a member of an Australian Delegation to the International Labor Organisation conference held in Geneva.
Lennon - McCartney (188 words)
Paul was at the garden fete and saw John performing "Be-Bop-A-Lula".
Paul met John backstage and immediately impressed him with his rendition of "Twenty Flight Rock", which he played upside down on John's right-handed guitar.
Paul's mother died on October 31, 1956, and John's mother died on July 15, 1958.
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