David Ridgway (politician)

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David Ridgway

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Assumed office
22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded by
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
9 February 2002
Personal details
David Wickham Ridgway

(1960-11-14) 14 November 1960 (age 58)
Adelaide, South Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)

David Wickham Ridgway (born 14 November 1960) is a South Australian politician, and a member of the South Australian Legislative Council, representing the Liberal Party of Australia (SA). Ridgway has served as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.[1][2]


Ridgway was elected state president of the South Australian Rural Youth Movement in 1982-83. In 1984 he won a six-month youth study tour to the UK. This experience heightened his interest in politics, especially in primary industries and regional development.

Ridgway began working on the family farm and at 19 he took on management of the family's horticultural business. After purchasing the business in 1997 with his wife Meredith, they expanded the operation to become the largest producer of gladioli corms in Australia and New Zealand.


Ridgway was elected from fourth position on the Liberal ticket at the 2002 election and from first position on the Liberal ticket at the 2010 election.

Ridgway was appointed a Shadow Parliamentary Secretary in 2005, and after the 2006 election was appointed Shadow Minister for Environment and Conservation, the River Murray and Urban Development & Planning, under the leadership of Iain Evans. A leadership change in April 2007, in which Martin Hamilton-Smith assumed Liberal Party leadership, prompted a re-shuffle of the Party’s Shadow Cabinet, at which point Ridgway was made Shadow Minister for Police and Mineral Resources Development, whilst retaining his Shadow Urban Development & Planning post. David Ridgway also assisted the Leader of the Opposition with the Multicultural Affairs portfolio. In February 2013, Ridgway was further promoted to the crucial portfolios of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Forests and Tourism. Between 2007 and 2018 Ridgway served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council.

Following the 2018 state election Ridgway was appointed as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He currently resides in Adelaide and has three children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ MacLennan, Leah (22 March 2018). "SA election: Who's who in the new South Australian Liberal Government?". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. ^ "The South Australian Government Gazette, 22 March 2018, No. 20, Supplementary Gazette" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ Siebert, Bension (22 March 2018). "Marshall unveils new Cabinet". InDaily. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leon Bignell
as Minister for Tourism
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Preceded by
Martin Hamilton-Smith
as Minister for Investment and Trade
Preceded by
Rob Lucas
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
to be determined