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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 9361

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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Small businesses demand Clipsal answers of Bignell in Parliament

Aug 02, 2016

 The State Liberals and the small businesses who were left out of pocket by the Weatherill Government’s dodgy Clipsal contract will be demanding answers in the Parliamentary Tourism Budget Estimates Committee today.

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Elite Systems Australia Pty Ltd failure more than one million dollars and counting

Jul 22, 2016

The State Liberals have asked the Small Business Commissioner to consider the cases of nine businesses who are collectively owed more than a $1 million due to the collapse of Elite Systems Australia Pty Ltd.

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Elite Systems Australia Pty Ltd failure hits $750,000 and counting

Jul 21, 2016

The State Liberals have been contacted by another South Australian firm financially damaged by the failure of the State Government to properly vet Victorian company Elite Systems Australia Pty Ltd before providing them with a five year contract to erect scaffold platforms at the Clipsal 500.

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