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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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A Growing Emergency

Nov 19, 2015

 The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) report Emergency Department care: 2014-2015 Australian hospital statistics shows the performance of South Australia’s Emergency Departments is the worst of all Australian States and getting worse by the year.

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Transforming Health: “Manifestly inadequate”

Nov 03, 2015

 The State Liberals have backed the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) in criticising the lack of meaningful information provided by the Weatherill Government regarding its health cuts plan Transforming Health.

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Weatherill Government breaks another promise to the veterans

Nov 02, 2015

 The State Liberals have condemned the Weatherill Labor Government’s backflip on providing veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with a new, purpose built facility as a replacement for Ward 17 at the Repat.

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Modbury ED on the chopping block

Oct 08, 2015
The Weatherill Government’s decision to dump plans to deliver eye surgery at the Modbury Hospital and transfer orthopaedic and cardiology services to the Lyell McEwin threatens to reduce Modbury’s Emergency Department to the level of an ambulance transfer station.

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Labor lets down people with disabilities and the people of the West

Sep 29, 2015

Labor’s Transforming Health plan is shaping up as a disaster for people in need of rehabilitation, according to disability advocates, crossbench parties and the Opposition.

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Labor clash with country doctors shows disregard for country South Australians

Sep 23, 2015

  The Weatherill Government’s stoush with Naracoorte doctors demonstrates Labor’s disregard for the health needs of country South Australians and places pregnant women in district at heightened risk.

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Health cuts to go under the microscope

Sep 11, 2015

 All non-Labor parties of the Legislative Council today announced that they will move to establish a parliamentary committee to investigate the Weatherill Government’s controversial Transforming Health agenda.

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The people have spoken on the Repat

Sep 10, 2015

The State Liberals will today table a petition with more than 85,000 signatures in the South Australian Parliament calling on the Weatherill Government to reverse its decision to close the Repat.

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DPP must review medical records tampering

Sep 04, 2015

The State Liberals are demanding that Minister for Health Jack Snelling refer the investigation report by Chief Medical Officer Paddy Phillips into tampering with a patient record at the Lyell McEwin to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Cut price palliative care

Sep 02, 2015

The State Liberals have released a document showing that less than a month ago the Weatherill Government was planning to spend $10 million on the establishment of a palliative care facility at Noarlunga Hospital - $3 million more than was committed to the Flinders Medical Centre option unveiled yesterday.

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