Simon spent his early years living with his grandmother, a war widow and school teacher, before moving with his parents to a horse agistment property at Gawler River in Adelaide’s north. Educated at local public schools, Simon has been engaged in politics from his uni days.
In between stints as an adviser and chief of staff to federal and state ministers, Simon chalked up extensive industry experience, firstly as the Australian Hotels Association’s National Public Affairs Manager and, immediately prior to his Senate appointment, as Stakeholder Relations Director for the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.
Simon was sworn in as a Liberal Senator for South Australia on budget day 2007, becoming the then youngest member of the Senate. He has since been appointed Chair of the Senate References Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts.
Simon holds a Masters of Business Administration and, despite the protestations of his Port Power following wife, can often be found in the stands or bars at AAMI stadium supporting the Adelaide Crows.
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