141 Gilles Street
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8418 6700
Senator for South Australia
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Minister for Sport
Don was born and raised in South Australia and graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws.
Inspired by his mother Mary’s strong sense of social justice and father Edward’s political aspirations in the seat of Boothby, Don was destined to enter the Labor movement.
Working as a shop assistant while studying law, he joined the South Australian Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association and represented the rights of retail and fast food workers for 32 years.
For more than two decades, Don led the union at a state and national level. Passionate about improving the lives of local workers, he helped oversee the introduction of the 38-hour week for retail workers and universal superannuation for all Australian workers.
Don was inspired to run for the Senate by the Howard Government’s unfair treatment of workers under WorkChoices.
“Like so many other ordinary Australians, I was appalled by the WorkChoices regime that the Coalition foisted on ordinary Australian families. It was the worst treatment of workers I’d seen in my lifetime and I’m determined we’ll never see the likes of it again.”
As a Senator for South Australia between 2008 - 2014, he continued to fight for fairness in his community of South Australia, including working hard to deliver a plan that gave his home state its fair share of water in the Murray.
Don has worked as Minister for Science and Research and Minister for Sport as well as Minister Assisting on Tourism.
A big fan of the West Adelaide and Adelaide Crows football clubs, Don and his wife Nimfa have three daughters, and are now proud grandparents to Edward.
Don has spent the last two years building up a small vineyard in South Australia’s Clare Valley, and knows first-hand the challenges local growers and producers face every day.
The lack of support by the Abbott-Turnbull Government for Australian manufacturing workers has inspired Don to return to public life, in the knowledge that only a Labor Government will fight for South Australia.