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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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Hospitals state of emergency

Aug 20, 2015

 The chaos engulfing Adelaide’s hospital emergency departments on a regular basis will only get worse as the Weatherill Government implements savage budget cuts to South Australia’s health system.

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Labor privatises ambulance travel

Aug 07, 2015

The Weatherill Labor Government’s health cuts have effectively turned friends and family of sick South Australians into private ambulances.

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Labor elects to cut surgery

Aug 05, 2015

The Weatherill Government’s decision to cancel elective surgery across Adelaide over the next 48 hours is an early warning sign of the chaos its health cuts will produce in South Australia’s public hospital system.

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Spin doctors won’t help ED patients

Jun 11, 2015

The Weatherill Labor Government's latest advertising splurge is more about trying to camouflage thirteen years of Labor mismanagement than providing useful information to the community

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Hamilton-Smith confirms health cuts

Apr 08, 2015

Acting Health Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has confirmed that the Weatherill Government’s Transforming Health plans are about saving money not about saving lives.

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Snelling runs from critical Review

Mar 27, 2015

Hours before heading off on 4 weeks leave, South Australia’s embattled Health Minister Jack Snelling has quietly released a damning assessment of the State’s Health System.

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An unhealthy election promise to break

Mar 25, 2015

Health Minister Jack Snelling has confirmed to State Parliament that he is planning to break a core promise made at the 2014 state election regarding South Australia’s health system.

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Labor’s Recipe for Emergency Confusion

Mar 24, 2015

The Weatherill Labor Government’s plans to downgrade half of the emergency departments in Adelaide will create widespread confusion for people needing emergency assistance.

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Fight to Save the Repat continues

Mar 24, 2015

An advertisement in today’s Advertiser targeting the Premier Jay Weatherill and Repat local members Martin Hamilton-Smith (Waite) and Annabel Digance (Elder) is the latest shot in the campaign to save the Repatriation General Hospital.

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Replicating the Repat

Mar 18, 2015

The Labor Government’s $250 million capital works program for South Australia’s health system announced today masks yet another broken promise by the Weatherill Government.

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