Anne Ruston

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Senator The Honourable
Anne Ruston
Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Assumed office
28 August 2018
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byConcetta Fierravanti-Wells
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
In office
21 September 2015 – 28 August 2018
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded bynew title
Succeeded byRichard Colbeck
Senator for South Australia
Assumed office
5 September 2012
Preceded byMary Jo Fisher
Personal details
Born (1963-06-10) 10 June 1963 (age 55)
Renmark, South Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Richard Fewster
Alma materUniversity of Southern Queensland
OccupationRose grower

Anne Sowerby Ruston (born 10 June 1963) is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for South Australia since 2012, representing the Liberal Party. She has served as Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific in the Morrison Government since August 2018, having previously been Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in the Turnbull Government.

Early life[edit]

Ruston was born in Renmark, South Australia where she spent her early years before matriculating from Renmark High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business at the University of Southern Queensland.

In 1996, Ruston was appointed Chief Executive at the National Wine Centre until 2002, following which she became a commercial rose producer. From 2003 to 2015, she was the owner and managing director of Ruston's Roses, the largest rose garden in Australia.[1]

Ruston is married to Richard Fewster with one son.[2]


Ruston began her political career as an electorate officer for state Liberal Chaffey MP Peter Arnold. Upon the election of the Dean Brown Liberal government in 1993 she became a state Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister for Industrial Affairs and Tourism, Recreation, Sport and Racing.

Ruston became Vice-President of the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia in 2011. In August 2012, Ruston was chosen by the federal Liberal Party of Australia and appointed by a joint sitting of the Parliament of South Australia on 5 September 2012 to fill the casual vacancy in the Senate created by the parliamentary resignation of Mary Jo Fisher.[3] Ruston became Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in the First Turnbull Ministry on 21 September 2015.

On 2017 when Cory Bernardi moved a motion to ban abortion on gender grounds Ruston was 1 of the 10 who voted Yes on the Motion. it was voted down with (10-36).[4][5]


  1. ^ Rollo, William (15 February 2012). "Riverland in bloom for Valentine's Day". ABC News. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. ^ Keogh, Melissa (26 August 2014). "Showtime for Richard". The Murray Pioneer. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Ruston formally appointed to Senate". ABC News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
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