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Hon David Ridgway MLC

Member of the Legislative Council

State Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Shadow Minister for Forests
Shadow Minister for Tourism

Parliament House
Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: (08) 8237 9444

David Ridgway grew up in the small South-East community of Wolseley, and with Rural Youth travelled to the USA and Europe. He took over the family farm which had diversified into growing bulbs for the cut flower industry, becoming the biggest gladioli supplier in Australia.

As he learnt about growing and running a successful business, politics was also on his mind. He joined the Liberal Party and was elected to the party’s powerful State Souncil. David won a seat in the State’s Upper House, the Legislative Council, in 2002 and he is now Opposition Leader in that chamber.

David has relished his experience in the shadow portfolios of environment, River Murray, transport, infrastructure and small business. In 2011 he added economic development and tourism to his existing portfolio of urban development and planning.

He’s passionately involved in Parliamentary Committees, working to expose Labor’s shocking financial mismanagement and its disdain for South Australian family businesses.

Outside Parliament, David enjoys exploring the State, meeting and listening to locals. There are few parts of South Australia he hasn’t visited, including the Boarfield and Oodnadatta Tracks in the Outback. His electorate covers the entire State. He’s investigated the impact of the regional tourism industry from the South-East to the West Coast.

David is excited to meet with anyone who has a story to tell about life in South Australia.

David and his wife Meredith have three children - Ashleigh, Tara and Louis – and live in Adelaide.

Latest Media Releases

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Legalising poppy cultivation in South Australia

Nov 19, 2015

The Controlled Substances (Opium Cultivation) Amendment Bill successfully passed through Parliament today after being introduced by Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, David Ridgway earlier this year.

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Legalising poppy cultivation in South Australia

Oct 13, 2015
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries David Ridgway has welcomed the State Government’s decision to support Liberal legislation that will pave the way for South Australian farmers to enter the lucrative poppy growing industry, provided they meet stringent safeguards.

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FutureSA Agribusiness Growth Forum

Oct 09, 2015
The highly anticipated FutureSA Agribusiness Growth Forum with special guest speaker, the Hon Jo Goodhew, New Zealand Minister for Food Safety and Associate Minister for Primary Industries, will be held today.

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