Duncan McFetridge

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Duncan McFetridge (born 27 January 1952) is an Australian politician who has represented the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Morphett for the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2002 election. He was re-elected at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 elections, and currently holds the seat with a margin of 12.9 points.

McFetridge is currently the Shadow Minister for Communities & Social Inclusion, Disabilities, Emergency Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation. He has previously held the Shadow portfolios of Social Housing, Volunteers, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Suicide Prevention, Youth, Transport & Infrastructure, Police, Correctional Services, Road Safety, Health, Industrial Relations, Science & Information Economy, Industry & Trade, Education & Children's Services, the Arts, Tourism, Local Government, Recreation & Sport, Consumer Affairs, and Small Business.

He was a member of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee from 2003 to 2010 and was re-appointed in 2012. In 2013, he was a member of two House of Assembly Select Committees – Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals; and Review of the Retirement Villages Act 1987. He was also Deputy Opposition Whip in the House of Assembly from 2002 until 2004.

In his Maiden Speech in 2002, McFetridge expressed his support for the establishment of a nuclear waste repository in South Australia, rejecting the use of the word "dump".[1] In July 2006, McFetridge traveled to France and England where he visited several nuclear industrial facilities, including nuclear power plants and spent fuel reprocessing facilities. At the time, Areva was working with the Federal Government, investigating the feasibility of nuclear power in Australia.[2]

Early career[edit]

McFetridge worked as a high school teacher for four years, teaching woodwork and metalwork at Port Augusta and Minlaton High Schools. In 1979 McFetridge began studying veterinary science, graduating in 1982. He then worked with racehorses, and later in horse and livestock transport. Duncan then ran a veterinary practice in the Chandlers Hill/Happy Valley area.

Personal life[edit]

McFetridge grew up in the Adelaide suburbs of Elizabeth and Salisbury. He attended Salisbury High School, and then went onto study at Teachers College. McFetridge is a current member and a former captain of the South Australian Country Fire Service, and a member of many other community clubs, including Rotary. His other interests include sailing, surfing and personal fitness. He is married, with two adult children, and has two grandchildren.


  1. ^ "Maiden Speech". Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  2. ^ McFetridge, Duncan (2006). Parliamentary Study Tour 8 July - 5 August 2006 (PDF). Adelaide, South Australia: Parliament of South Australia. pp. 3–6. 

External links[edit]

South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
John Oswald
Member for Morphett