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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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Patients in limbo

Jan 29, 2015

The Weatherill Government’s failure to ensure effective discharge planning, particularly for elderly patients, is a significant contributing factor in the chronic underperformance of South Australia’s hospital system.

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Repat faces closure by Labor

Jan 19, 2015
Concerns for the Repatriation General Hospital are increasing given the Health Minister’s repeated failure to deny reports of its imminent closure.

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Labor support for Liberal road plan

Jan 12, 2015

 The State Liberals have released a Bushfire Inquiry by a Parliamentary Committee that supports Liberal plans to upgrade the main road traffic corridor through the Mitcham Hills for public safety reasons.

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NRAH costing $3.3 million a bed and counting

Dec 23, 2014

The latest $176 million cost blow-out for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital has driven the cost per bed at the new hospital to $3.3 million and counting.

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Cut the spin in treating SA’s ailing health system!

Nov 28, 2014

The State Liberals are demanding the Health Minister Jack Snelling cut the spin and provide a clear plan to today’s Health Summit to meet Labor’s health savings targets - what health services does he plan to cut, which ones he intends to amalgamate and how many health professionals he plans to sack.

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Transforming Health’s mock consultation process

Nov 25, 2014

The Weatherill Government’s Transforming Health consultation has been exposed as a Trojan Horse for cuts to South Australian hospitals.

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Snelling’s spin on emergency departments

Nov 12, 2014

Comments made by Health Minister Jack Snelling in Parliament yesterday show that the Weatherill Labor Government is out of touch with our embattled Health system.

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EPAS set to infect NRAH

Nov 03, 2014

Damning criticism of the performance of the $422 million Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) at the Repatriation General Hospital has cast serious doubt over its proposed use at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH).

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Emergency Departments still on code white

Oct 28, 2014

The State Liberals are calling on the Minister for Health Jack Snelling to explain why most of Adelaide’s public hospital emergency departments are still overflowing with patients despite the fact the flu season has long passed and how closing an existing emergency department will improve their performance.

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Labor’s three card trick on Health Consultation and the ESL

Oct 24, 2014

The Weatherill Labor Government’s Transforming Health consultation is an insult to South Australians and a breach of Labor’s commitment to engage the community.

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