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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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Urgent action needed on Emergency Room crisis

Sep 22, 2014

The Liberal Opposition has called on Health Minister Jack Snelling to develop an urgent action plan to deal with the crisis enveloping the state’s major hospital emergency rooms.

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Patients face long waits as Adelaide’s emergency departments operate over capacity

Sep 10, 2014

The State Liberals have expressed concerns that ongoing overcrowding in emergency departments in Adelaide’s major hospitals is resulting in long waits for patients.

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Liberals launch campaign to save our hospitals

Aug 12, 2014

The State Liberals have launched a series of online petitions to empower local communities to save their  hospitals - Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Modbury Hospital, the Repatriation General Hospital and Noarlunga Hospital - from the Weatherill Government’s razor gang.

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Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill passes Legislative Council

Aug 07, 2014

The State Liberals have welcomed the passage of its Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill through the Legislative Council last night.

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Commissioner for Children and Young People

Aug 06, 2014

The State Liberals are confident legislation to create a Commissioner for Children and Young People with full investigative powers will pass the South Australia Upper House this afternoon.

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Ramping up the pressure on Health Minister

Aug 05, 2014

Shutting the doors to the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Emergency Department so ambulances cannot deliver any more patients is a damning indictment of the performance of South Australia’s hospital network under the Weatherill Labor Government.

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Briefing on Commissioner for Children

Jul 31, 2014

The State Liberals will today provide a briefing to members of the Upper House on its Bill to create a Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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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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