About Chris

About Chris


Chris is the Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing and the Member for Kaurna in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

Chris has previously served as Minister for Police, Correctional Services, Emergency Services and Road Safety. He worked to improve support and equipment for our frontline police and firefighters, delivered a new counterterrorism plan and strengthened drug driving laws.

Chris also served as Assistant Minister to the Treasurer and worked on reforms to reduce red tape for business, improve industry participation policies and secure SA’s energy future. Chris was also the Convenor of the SA Labor Party’s Platform Committee.

He was educated at public schools in Adelaide and graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Arts.

Before election to Parliament he served as Adviser and Chief of Staff to the federal former Health Minister and Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, as Chief of Staff to former SA Health Minister John Hill and as an Associate Director at Deloitte Access Economics. His significant areas of policy work included the introduction of tobacco plain packaging and national public hospital funding reforms.

Chris lives in Port Noarlunga with his wife, young daughter and son. When he has time he enjoys spending time with his family at the beach, volunteer surf life saving at Moana and barracking for the Crows.

Committed To Our Community

Our Mission

Chris is committed to representing the South as the Local Member and is passionate about key issues that impact our community


Labor will always stand up for a strong and effective public health system in South Australia. I will work hard to hold the Government to account for their unfair cuts to health including closing ShineSA clinics, sending pathology services interstate and closing vital beds.


There are a range of excellent local schools in our community that give our kids access to a first-class education and the hands of well trained and passionate educators. The recent investment in STEM and other classroom facilities in our schools are preparing kids for the jobs of the future.


As the southern suburbs have expanded in recent years, access to quality public transport has become more and more important. I will work hard to prevent cuts to the existing bus services and the privatisation of our train and tram services to ensure that the service offered to our community meets the growing demand.


I am committed to bringing jobs to the southern suburbs through representing our community. Projects begun by the Labor Government like the Main South Road duplication will employ locals and improve job growth in the area

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