Alumni take starring roles in new SA Cabinet

The 2022 SA Election result has brought a new Labor government into power, and a significant number of State Cabinet appointees announced are Flinders University alumni. Here’s a summary of which Flinders graduates will be having a significant impact on our state’s future direction:

Hon (Dr) Susan Close MP (BA ’89, BA(Hons) ’91, PhD(SS) ’98)

  • Deputy Premier
  • Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Minister for Defence and Space Industries
  • Minister for Climate, Environment and Water

Hon Zoe Bettison MP (BA ’95)

  • Minister for Tourism
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Hon Nat Cook MP (BNg(PostReg) ’96, GradCertHlth ’04)

  • Minister for Human Services

Hon Katrine Hildyard MP (BA ’95)

  • Minister for Child Protection
  • Minister for Women and Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing

Hon Andrea Michaels MP (BCom, LLB ’98)

  • Minister for Small and Family Business
  • Minister for Consumer and Business Affairs
  • Minister for Arts

Hon Chris Picton MP (BA, LLB/LP ’08)

  • Minister for Health and Wellbeing

Hon Clare Scriven MLC (GCertPubSecMgmt ’14)

  • Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Minister for Forest Industries

Hon Joe Szakacs MP (LLB/LP ’13)

  • Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services

In addition to these Ministerial positions, other Flinders alumni also won seats in the 2022 SA election and will be representatives in SA Parliament:

  • Sarah Andrews MP (BA ‘93, BA(Hons) ’94) – Member for Gibson.
  • Tony Piccolo MP (CertGradStEd ’91, MEdMgmt ’97) – Member for Light.
  • Sam Telfer MP (BGovtPubMgmt ’17) – Member for Flinders (and former Mayor of Tumby Bay).
  • John Fulbrook MP (BA ’01) – Member for Playford.

and Catherine Hutchesson, Member for Waite, Studied Geology/Earth Sciences at Flinders.




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