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John Gardner

State Member for Morialta

Manager of Opposition Business
Shadow Minister for Police
Shadow Minister for Correctional Services
Shadow Minister for Justice


John Gardner lives in Athelstone, in the heart of Morialta - not too far from the area where he grew up in Rostrevor. John and his wife Chelsey are actively engaged in the local community, being members, sponsors and supporters of a large range of local service, sporting and other community groups.

John worked in his family's small water treatment business while studying at the University of Adelaide. Since graduating, he has also worked in policy areas of health (particularly illicit drug prevention and rehabilitation), and education.

John was elected as Member for Morialta in March 2010 and currently serves as Opposition Whip. He has worked hard to advocate for his local community in his time in the Parliament.  John successfully fought for the restoration of funding for the Norwood-Morialta High School – which initially saw its funding cut by over half a million dollars per year in the 2010 Budget; he successfully fought for Government funding to provide a fire siren at Athelstone; and he regularly champions local causes to ensure that issues important to the Morialta community are heard in the Parliament.

Electorate Office Contact Details:

163 St Bernards Road
Rostrevor SA 5073


Telephone: (08) 8365 4224
Fax (08) 8365 4225


Electorate Profile

Morialta is derived from a Kaurna aboriginal word 'mariyatala' - 'mari' meaning 'east' and 'yertala' flowing water'.

Area: approx. 94.2 km2

Location: Takes in the foothills suburbs and hills area to the east and north-east of Adelaide, the River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri forming the northern boundary. Some boundary changes at the 2007 redistribution.

History: Created at the 1998 boundary redistribution (formerly Coles).

Latest Media Releases

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Domestic Violence: Coroner’s Recommendations

Oct 17, 2014

The State Liberals have welcomed the Premier’s release of the Government response to the Coroner’s recommendations after the tragic death of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, but have raised some questions about the Government’s implementation of certain aspects of their response.

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Auditor-General: Government failing on police recruitment

Oct 15, 2014

The Auditor-General’s Report released yesterday has cast further doubt over the Labor Government’s 2010 election promise to provide 300 additional SAPOL officers.

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Counting the cost of Labor’s prisons crisis

Oct 13, 2014

The Weatherill Labor Government is being forced to throw good money after bad as it attempts to manage South Australia’s prison crisis.

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