The 2006 South Australian general election was held on 18 March 2006,
and was conducted by the independent State Electoral Office of South
Australia. The centre-left Australian Labor Party, in government since
2002 under Premier Mike Rann, gained six Liberal-held seats and a 7.7
percent statewide two-party preferred swing, resulting in the first
Labor majority government since the 1985 election with 28 of the 47
House of Assembly (lower house) seats, a net gain of five seats. The
centre-right Liberal Party of Australia, led by Rob Kerin, regained a
formerly independent seat while losing seats - the net result of 15
seats was the lowest Liberal result in any South Australian election.
Independent members Bob Such and Rory McEwen retained their seats,
with Kris Hanna successfully changing from Labor to an independent
member. The sitting Nationals SA member Karlene Maywald retained her
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Troops under Stephen III of Moldavia defeated the forces of Matthias
Corvinus of Hungary at the Battle of Baia in Baia, present-day
The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution,
collectively known as the United States Bill of Rights, were ratified.
Physical education teacher James Naismith introduced a game in
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA with thirteen rules and nine players
on each team that became known as basketball.
Former Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after being
found guilty on fifteen criminal charges, including war crimes and
crimes against humanity.
The six-month long Canadian Great Flag Debate ended when the
Canadian House of Commons voted to replace the de facto national flag
of Canada, the Canadian Red Ensign, with an official one, the current
Maple Leaf Flag.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
fatuously: With smug stupidity; idiotically
Wikiquote of the day:
It is not the right angle that attracts me, Nor the hard, inflexible
straight line, man-made. What attracts me are free and sensual curves.
The curves in my country’s mountains, In the sinuous flow of its
rivers, In the beloved woman’s body. -- Oscar Niemeyer