Susan Close

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The Honourable
Dr Susan Close
BA(Hons), PhD, MP
Susan Close in Port Adelaide, March 2012
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Port Adelaide
Assumed office
11 February 2012
Preceded by Kevin Foley
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Spouse(s) Declan
Residence Semaphore
Alma mater Flinders University
Occupation Executive Director, Strategy (DENR)
Profession Public Servant
Website Parliamentary website

Susan Elizabeth Close is an Australian politician representing the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Port Adelaide for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party since the 2012 by-election. Close has held portfolios in the Cabinet of South Australia since May 2014.


Close earned a PhD in political science at Flinders University and worked as a public servant.[1]


Close retained Port Adelaide for Labor at the 2012 by-election with a 42.3 percent primary and a 52.9 percent two-candidate-preferred vote. The by-election was held after the resignation of the previous Labor incumbent Kevin Foley. She was re-elected with a two-party-preferred vote above 60 percent at the 2014 election.


Close has previously served as Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade, Minister for the Public Sector, Minister for Automotive Transformation and Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation.

Current portfolios[edit]

Close represents the following portfolios in the Cabinet of South Australia:[2]

  • Minister for Education and Child Development
  • Minister for Higher Education and Skills


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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Kenyon
Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade
Succeeded by
Martin Hamilton-Smith
as Minister for Investment and Trade
New title Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation
Succeeded by
Kyam Maher
Preceded by
Tom Koutsantonis
Minister for Automotive Transformation
Preceded by
Jay Weatherill
Minister for the Public Sector
Preceded by
Jennifer Rankine
Minister for Education and Child Development
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Kevin Foley
Member for Port Adelaide