Anne Ruston

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Anne Ruston
Senator for South Australia
Assumed office
5 September 2012
Preceded by Mary Jo Fisher
Personal details
Born (1963-06-10) 10 June 1963 (age 51)
Renmark, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Southern Queensland
Occupation Rose grower

Anne Sowerby Ruston (born 10 June 1963) is an Australian politician, and Liberal Party Member of the Australian Senate.

Born 10 June 1963 in Renmark, South Australia, Ruston spent her early years in Renmark before matriculating from Renmark High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Business at the University of Southern Queensland.

Since 2003, she has been the owner and managing director of Ruston's Roses, the largest rose garden in Australia.[1]

Prior to purchasing Ruston's Roses and then entering the Senate, Ruston held a number of positions in politics. She began her career as an electorate officer for Peter Arnold, local Member for Chaffey. Upon the election of the Brown Liberal Government in 1993 she became Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister for Industrial Affairs and Tourism, Recreation, Sport and Racing (SA). In 1996, Ruston was appointed Chief Executive at the National Wine Centre until 2002, following which she purchased Ruston's Rose Garden and became a commercial rose producer.

Ruston became Vice-President of the South Australian Liberal Party in 2011. In August 2012, Ruston was pre-selected by the Liberal Party to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Mary Jo Fisher. On 5 September 2012, Ruston was appointed to the Senate by a joint sitting of the Parliament of South Australia.[2]


  1. ^ Rollo, William (15 February 2012). "Riverland in bloom for Valentine's Day". ABC News. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ruston formally appointed to Senate". ABC News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 

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