John Gardner (Australian politician)

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John Gardner

John Gardner, South Australia, 2018.jpg
Minister for Education
Assumed office
22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded bySusan Close (as Minister for Education and Child Development and as Minister for Higher Education and Skills)
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Morialta
Assumed office
20 March 2010
Preceded byLindsay Simmons
Personal details
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide

John Anthony William Gardner is an Australian politician representing the seat of Morialta in the South Australian House of Assembly for the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2010 election. Gardner has served as the Minister for Education in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

The new seat of Morialta to replace Coles was won by Liberal incumbent Joan Hall on a two-party vote of 54.1 percent at the 2002 election. Labor's Lindsay Simmons defeated Hall at the 2006 election with 57.9 percent of the two-party vote, an 11.2-point post-redistribution swing. Gardner defeated Simmons at the 2010 election, receiving 54.1 percent of the two-party vote, an 11.1-point post-redistribution swing.[3] He increased his two-party vote to 60 percent at the 2014 election.

Gardner had previously been a senior staffer for Christopher Pyne, Liberal MP for the federal seat of Sturt. Gardner currently lives in his childhood suburb of Rostrevor within the electorate of Morialta.

In January 2016 Gardner was appointed Shadow Minister for Education, Multicultural affairs and Arts.[4]


  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. ^ Electoral Commission of South Australia: 2010 election
  4. ^ "New SA Opposition frontbench to focus on jobs, economy". ABC News. Retrieved 31 March 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Close
as Minister for Education and Child Development and
as Minister for Higher Education and Skills
Minister for Education
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Lindsay Simmons
Member for Morialta