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In Parliament

About Parliament


The Legislative Council, or upper house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of South Australia. Its central purpose is to act as a house of review for legislation passed through the lower house, the House of Assembly. It sits in Parliament House in the state capital, Adelaide.

The upper house has 22 members elected for eight-year terms by proportional representation, with 11 members facing re-election every four years. It is elected in a similar manner to its federal counterpart, the Australian Senate. Casual vacancies—where a member resigns or dies—are filled by a joint sitting of both houses, who then elect a replacement.

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John's causes


John has been a passionate advocate of suicide prevention throughout his public service, bringing awareness and openness to a topic that for many years was treated as taboo. John was first appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in 2012, and currently serves as the State Opposition Spokesperson for Suicide Prevention.

John works closely with many suicide prevention networks and organisations, such as the 801 Group, Silent Ripples, Beyond Blue, as well as the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist at SA Health, and many more.

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