Jane Diane Lomax-Smith (born 19 June 1950) is a former Australian politician in the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Adelaide representing the Labor Party from 2002 to 2010, and Lord Mayor of Adelaide from 1997 to 2000. She was formerly Interim Director of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), and is currently chair of the Board of the South Australian Museum.
Early life and career
Lomax-Smith was born in the East End of London in the United Kingdom. She attended the local Grammar School, and received a grant to attend the London Hospital Medical College, in Whitechapel, where she obtained her medical degree. After migrating to Australia, she received a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in 1986, and before entering politics she was a clinical pathologist, medical researcher and teacher.
Dr Lomax-Smith first entered public office in 1997 when she was elected Lord Mayor of Adelaide. Her term as Lord Mayor ended in 2000.
At the 2002 state election she was elected a member of the South Australian House of Assembly for the seat of Adelaide, defeating the Liberal Party candidate Michael Harbison, who had been preselected after the retirement of the Liberal Party incumbent Michael Armitage. She retained the seat at the 2006 election with a 60 percent two-party vote but was defeated at the 2010 election by Liberal candidate Rachel Sanderson, with a two-party preferred swing of 14.5 percent, the second-largest swing at that election.
She variously served as the South Australia State Minister for Education, Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Minister for Tourism, and Minister for the City of Adelaide between 2002 and 2010 in Premier Rann's Labor Government.
In October 2010 the Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, announced a Higher Education Base Funding Review, to be chaired by Dr Lomax-Smith. The review was released in December 2011.
On 28 November 2010, the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) announced that Dr Lomax-Smith was to act in the role of Director until a permanent appointment was made, but that she would not be an applicant for the permanent role.
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Henry Jacques Ninio
|Lord Mayor of Adelaide
1997 – 2000
|Parliament of South Australia|
|Member for Adelaide
2002 – 2010