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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

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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12 months on … RENEW the Repat – don’t close it!

Feb 03, 2016
Opponents of Labor’s Transforming Health plan today marked the anniversary of its announcement by calling for the Repat Hospital to be renewed, not closed.

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SA’s hospitals on life support

Jan 28, 2016
Today’s Australian Medical Association ‘Public Hospital Report Card’ shows that after 14 years of Labor mismanagement, South Australia’s hospitals are on life support.

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Racking, packing and stacking ambulance patients

Jan 27, 2016
The State Liberals fear that the Government’s new ambulance bus will be used to ‘rack, pack and stack’ ambulance patients as Labor struggles to stop its Transforming Health plan unravelling.

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Ward 17 cuts latest attack on veterans’ health

Jan 27, 2016
The Weatherill Labor Government has been caught out reducing the services promised to veterans suffering mental health issues when the Repats’ Ward 17 is moved to a new site at Glenside.

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Keys to NRAH not even cut

Jan 18, 2016

 Today was the day that South Australians were meant to get the keys to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital – it is the first day the hospital is officially behind schedule.

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Mental health patients being left in hospital EDs

Jan 11, 2016

The State Liberals are concerned for the welfare of hospital patients and staff with new figures showing mental health patients are being kept in Emergency Departments for more than 24 hours.

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Cut health bureaucracy not health services

Dec 29, 2015

 The Weatherill Labor Government should be taking the axe to its exploding health bureaucracy, not closing hospitals and downgrading emergency departments, according to the State Liberals.

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Government exposes country patients to hackers

Dec 04, 2015

 The Weatherill Government’s mismanagement of a key IT system used in country hospitals has left the health records of tens of thousands of South Australian patients vulnerable to malicious attacks from computer hackers.

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Medical professionals condemn Government deceit

Dec 01, 2015

 In an unprecedented move the Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) has passed a censure motion condemning the ‘deceptive, uncommunicative and disrespectful’ behaviour of SA Health regarding the transfer of rehabilitation services from Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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Government botches selection of new PTSD centre: Inquiry finds

Dec 01, 2015

 A State Parliamentary Inquiry has found that the Weatherill Government’s process to identify the site for the new Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Centre was significantly flawed and cannot guarantee the best outcomes for veterans and other people with mental health issues.

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