Rowan Ramsey

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Rowan Ramsey

Rowan Ramsey MP.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Grey
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded byBarry Wakelin
Personal details
Rowan Eric Ramsey

(1956-08-04) 4 August 1956 (age 63)
Kimba, South Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
ResidenceEyre Peninsula

Rowan Eric Ramsey (born 4 August 1956) is the Liberal Party of Australia member for the House of Representatives seat of Grey since the 2007 election, succeeding previous Liberal member Barry Wakelin. Grey covers most of rural South Australia − over 92 percent of the state by area.[1]

Nuclear industrial development[edit]

In 2015 Ramsey commended the Government of South Australia for initiating the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Commencing in March 2015, the Commission was tasked to investigate the opportunities and risk of further nuclear industrial development for South Australia, which includes mining, processing, power generation and waste management. He said of the decision:

"I congratulate the Premier on this move; we simply cannot make sensible informed decisions about this industry if we don’t talk about it."[2]

Ramsey supports the potential storage of low and intermediate level nuclear waste in his electorate of Grey. He intended to nominate his own property as a potential candidate site, but was advised not to by Minister Ian Macfarlane due to a perceived conflict of interest.[3] He told the media:

"I would be more than happy, for instance, to host it on my farm. But I wouldn't nominate my farm without actually speaking to my neighbours and having a community consultation."[4]

Up to four sites within his electorate have been nominated.[3]

2016 election[edit]

A ReachTEL seat-level opinion poll in the safe Liberal seat of Grey of 665 voters conducted by robocall on 9 June during the 2016 election campaign surprisingly found Nick Xenophon Team candidate Andrea Broadfoot leading the Liberals' Ramsey 54–46 on the two-candidate vote. Seat-level opinion polls in the other two rural Liberal South Australian seats revealed the Nick Xenophon Team also leading in both Mayo and Barker.[5][6]


  1. ^ APH biography
  2. ^ LEWIS, BRYN. "Ramsey supports calls for nuclear waste site". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Owen, Michael (9 May 2015). "Remote sites in South Australia offered for nuclear dump". The Australian. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Lib MP happy to store nuclear waste". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Grey opinion poll 9 June". ReachTEL. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ ReachTEL: 50-50 - The Poll Bludger 10 June 2016

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Barry Wakelin
Member for Grey