Senate - SA

Rex Patrick

I will ensure that laws passed in the Federal Parliament are fair and for good purpose and to ensure that Government implements its policies and the laws of the land properly and compassionately.

Born in New Zealand, I moved to Australia when I was seven. After a short stint in Victoria I moved to Whyalla in SA where I went to Fisk Street Primary School and Stuart High School.

At age 16 I left Whyalla to join the Navy where I completed schooling, trained as an electronic technician and volunteered for submarine service. I served on a Oberon Class submarines before being selected and posted to Osborne as a member of the trials crew for the first Collins class submarine.

I left the Navy in 1994 and worked for an Australian sonar design and development company as a trainer, then project manager, business development manager and head of research and development.

In 2007 I left the comfort and security of full time employment to form my own company. I built a successful domestic and international business in sonar and acoustics training and project management related consulting. I also wrote extensively for professional Defence magazines.

I joined the Nick Xenophon Team as Nick's senior advisor at the start of 2016. I was asked to fill the casual vacancy that resulted when he resigned from Senate in October 2017.

Like Nick I see myself as being part of the sensible centre of Australian politics.

I believe in equal opportunity for everyone, including the opportunity to live well and be prosperous. I believe in freedom of choice and expression and that people have a right to feel safe in their community.  

I am of the strong view that we should look after the community’s welfare with affordable child care, affordable and diverse education choices, modern health care and dependable aged care. 

I am a strong believer in accountable, effective, efficient and inclusive government.

With the support of my Senate colleagues, I will use my position in the Senate to advocate and push for all of these things.

Rex can be contacted via his Electorate Office on 08 8232 1144. 

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