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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 9310

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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Contamination crisis referred to SARC

Jul 29, 2014

The Statutory Authorities Review Committee (SARC) will investigate the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) handling of the Clovelly Park contamination crisis.

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Time to reduce Port Pirie lead pollution

Jul 16, 2014

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) draft Information paper ‘Evidence on the effects of lead on human health’ released today should drive a fundamental reassessment of lead decontamination efforts in Port Pirie.

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SA’s culture of secrecy

Jul 11, 2014

Revelations that the Government failed to keep the Marion City Council informed of the Clovelly Park contamination crisis as required by EPA guidelines highlights how pervasive the culture of secrecy is within the Weatherill Labor Government.

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Opposition to receive SA Health contamination briefing

Jul 07, 2014

Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade has confirmed that the Opposition will tomorrow receive a briefing from SA Health on Clovelly Park's deepening contamination crisis.


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Labor spits the dummy on election review

Jun 05, 2014

Labor Members of the Legislative Council have abandoned the process for reviewing the 2014 Election just one day after it was formed.

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Legislative Council Select Committee will ensure broad and fair review of 2014 election

Jun 05, 2014

The select committee of the Legislative Council established to inquire into the March state election will assess what lessons we can learn from the 2014 state election.

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State of suppression

Jun 02, 2014

The State Liberals today called for a review of the laws on suppression orders that allowed the suppression of legal proceedings in relation to an alleged assault involving Parliamentary Speaker Michael Atkinson and former Port Adelaide footballer David Granger.

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Commissioner for Children and Young

May 21, 2014

The State Liberals will today introduce legislation to create a Commissioner for Children and Young People with full investigative powers to provide greater protection for children at risk in South Australia.

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Rankine must explain two year wait

Apr 04, 2014

Child Protection Minister Jennifer Rankine must explain why Families SA has waited two years to initiate an internal review into its handling of the tragic case of Chloe Valentine. 

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Commissioner for Children and Young People

Apr 03, 2014

The Weatherill Labor Government must recall Parliament immediately to enable the State Liberals to introduce legislation to create a Commissioner for Children and Young People with full investigative powers.

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