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Hon Stephen Wade MLC

Member of the Legislative Council

Shadow Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for Ageing
Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Shadow Minister for Suicide Prevention
Shadow Minister for the Arts

Parliament House
Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: (08) 8237 9563

Stephen Wade MLC, LLB, B.Ec., worked in corporate governance and on a range of Boards before being appointed to the Legislative Council as a Liberal Party member in May 2006. 

Stephen was Chair of Julia Farr Services Inc. (2003-2006), the largest disability service provider in South Australia (2003-2006), and was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

In April 2007, within a year of entering Parliament, Stephen was appointed to the Shadow Ministry where he has served in a range of roles. As the Shadow Minister for Disability, Families and Communities, Housing and Social Inclusion, Stephen strongly argued for a client-centred approach to disability services and the Liberal Party released its individualised funding policy.

As the Shadow Minister for Correctional Services, he highlighted prison overcrowding and as the Shadow Minster for Water Security, he released a policy on securing the State’s water by diversifying supplies.

In April 2010, after the State election, he became the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice. In this role, he has been critical of the Rann Government’s focus on rhetoric rather than delivering real improvements to safety in South Australian communities.    

He convenes the Policy Development Team of the Parliamentary Liberal Party. 

Stephen lives in the Adelaide Hills and enjoys travel, bushwalking and movies.

Latest Media Releases

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Does Snelling give a squat?

Feb 26, 2015

Health Minister Jack Snelling has made an extraordinary outburst in State Parliament claiming ‘the public doesn’t give a squat’ about national Emergency Departments standards.

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Transforming Health consultation period must be extended

Feb 24, 2015

The Weatherill Labor Government must extend the Transforming Health consultation period to allow the serious concerns about modelling used to cut emergency departments to be addressed.

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FMC faces fatal overcrowding

Feb 23, 2015

Today’s revelation by respected Noarlunga Emergency Department physician Dr Andrew Ramsay that the closure of the Noarlunga ED will push an additional 28,000 patients annually to Flinders Medical Centre ED shows the Government’s plan will deliver dangerous patient gridlock at FMC.

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Leading Obstetrician challenges Labor’s Health Cuts for Our Sickest Babies

Feb 22, 2015

The Weatherill Government must extend its woefully inadequate consultation period for its planned health cuts following a strong challenge to its plans for the care of our sickest babies from a leading obstetrician.

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Noarlunga – Not an Emergency Clinic

Feb 18, 2015

The State Liberals have accused the Labor Government of dangerous deception by claiming a doctor-less Walk-In Clinic will provide “Emergency Care” at Noarlunga.

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Time to cut bloated health bureaucracy

Feb 18, 2015

The State Liberals are calling on the Health Minister to explain why the health bureaucracy has escaped his planned cuts when patient services are being slashed right across Adelaide’s hospital network.

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February 28 D-day for rural doctors dispute

Feb 17, 2015

The State Liberals are calling on the Health Minister Jack Snelling to end an ongoing and damaging dispute between rural doctors and Country Health SA before patient welfare is put at risk.

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Labor’s broken promise a threat to “our sickest babies”

Feb 17, 2015

The Weatherill Labor Government’s Transforming Heath plan threatens our sickest babies and breaks a clear commitment to maintain a full-service Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Flinders Medical Centre.

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Call for Health Minister to address Repat rally

Feb 12, 2015

A rally will be held on the steps of Parliament House this morning to protest against the Weatherill Labor Government’s plan to close the Repatriation General Hospital.

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FMC faces chronic overcrowding

Feb 11, 2015

Local ED clinicians claim that the Weatherill Government’s emergency care model for Southern Adelaide is fundamentally flawed and will see Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Emergency Department overwhelmed by a flood of patients.

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