Senate - SA
Stirling was elected to the Senate in the 2016 federal election. He brings extensive business and community experience to the role and is looking forward to help re-balance the political agenda.
Born and raised in South Australia, Stirling started his career in banking, working for the Bank of Adelaide. During his time at the bank he worked at many regional and city branches and developed a strong interest in the value of community. The sense of belonging, mutual support, passing on of skills and desire for positive growth are key community drivers to him.
After many years at the bank he took on a management role representing close to 30 primarily regional radio stations throughout Australia and New Zealand. A year later Stirling relocated to their Melbourne office and soon after worked for the magazine publisher Readers Digest as its Manager for Vic, SA & WA.
The global advertising and marketing agency Young & Rubicam was the next step in his career, providing him with a unique opportunity to open a specialised marketing division in Melbourne.
Once this business was established, Stirling returned to Adelaide with his young family and whilst he continued to undertake consulting work for Young & Rubicam as well as small-medium sized retailers, he was approached by the board of the Retail Traders Association to act as its CEO. The Retail Traders Association (RTA) was the peak industry body for the retail industry. It was during his time at the RTA that Stirling first met Nick.
Stirling and the RTA were the only significant business group that stood by Nick's assertion that deregulating the states electricity assets was a bad deal for the state and would result in higher electricity prices. History has shown they were both right!
After five years with the RTA and its successor, the Australian Retailers Association, Stirling opened retail stores in WA, SA and Vic. His stores were sold to Vodafone and since that time he has played an important support role with Nick and his team.
Stirling has an operational electorate office and can be contacted via the email address [email protected] or by calling (08) 8212 1409 during regular business hours. To view his parliamentary motions and speeches, click here.
To view his website, click here.