Elected as the Member for Heysen in March 2018, Josh is passionate about the region in which he lives and providing a voice for his local community. He has lived in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu region for most of this life and is a long-time proud resident of Bridgewater where he and his wife Maria have raised their three children.
Prior to his election, Josh worked as a Barrister. He has extensive advocacy experience over more than 20 years of professional practice, the bulk of which engaged in disputes and their commercial resolution.
Josh was Honorary Consul of Sweden for South Australia from 2009 to 2018. He lived in Sweden for three years, and after returning to SA has seen firsthand the great outcomes that can be achieved for our State when we build and capitalise on international relationships.
He is committed to fighting for better services for people in the hills; growing our regions in every way, including by the delivery of improved services, roads, health, schools, and communications, driving stronger enterprise opportunities and stronger communities.
He is particularly passionate about the environment and works with local organisations and community groups. He is proud to represent communities who share his values for our natural environment.
Josh chaired the Parliament's Natural Resources Standing Committee and is co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare SA. He has a keen interest in agriculture; he runs cows on the Fleurieu and with his family grows enough grapes to make a small amount of homemade wine each year.
Josh served as the 36th Speaker of the House of Assembly between July 2020 and October 2021. He then served as the Minister for Planning and Local Government, also exercising the powers and functions of the Attorney-General, from November 2021 until the state election in March 2022.
He is now South Australia’s Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Shadow Minister for Child Protection, and Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.
Josh also serves as a member on the Crime and Public Integrity Policy Committee and the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee in state parliament.
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