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David Gregory Pisoni (born 1963) is a South Australian politician. He has been a member of the South Australian House of Assembly since 2006, representing the electorate of Unley for the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia.[1] Pisoni has served as the Minister for Industry and Skills in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.[2][3]

David Pisoni

Minister for Industry and Skills
Assumed office
22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded byTom Koutsantonis (as Minister for State Development and Minister for Small Business)
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Unley
Assumed office
18 March 2006
Preceded byMark Brindal
Personal details
David Gregory Pisoni

1963 (age 55–56)
Elizabeth, South Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)
EducationSalisbury High School


Early lifeEdit

Pisoni was born in Elizabeth, and attended St. Augustine's Primary School and Salisbury High School. He subsequently completed an apprenticeship in a furniture manufacturing business. At the age of 21 he went on to found his own business, manufacturing and retailing fine furniture and training 20 apprentices of his own as the business grew from a back yard operation. Although Adelaide based at least half of the company's clients were based interstate and overseas. He operated his business until his election to Parliament.

Political careerEdit

Grandmaster Felix Leong's Rebirth from the ashes ceremony in Adelaide with David Pisoni State member for parliament and Maurice Novoa Ruiz

Pisoni made a shift into politics at the 2006 state election, after incumbent Unley member Mark Brindal sought preselection for the electoral district of Adelaide. Pisoni then faced Unley mayor and Labor candidate Michael Keenan in the election, and ultimately won the seat in a close result. In January 2007, Pisoni was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Transport, Infrastructure and Energy.

Pisoni was appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business, Consumer Affairs, Volunteers, Youth[4] and assisting the Leader with Multicultural Affairs on 18 April 2007. After a Shadow Cabinet re-shuffle in early 2008 Pisoni was promoted to Shadow Minister for Education and Children's Services,[5] retaining the Small Business and Youth Portfolios. Further Shadow cabinet changes in 2008 saw Pisoni replace the portfolios of Small Business and Youth for key portfolios Employment, Training & Further Education and Early Childhood Development, retaining the Education portfolio. Pisoni served his first term as a member of the Public Works committee.

Pisoni was elected to the seat of Unley at the 2006 state election on 51.1 percent of the two-party-preferred vote, suffering a swing of 7.9 points. Pisoni was re-elected at the 2010 state election on 62.2 percent of the two-party vote, receiving a swing of 10.3 points. He retained his position as a Shadow Minister holding the same portfolios, but moving from the Public Works Committee to the Social Development Committee.[6]


  1. ^ Marshall, Steven. "David Pisoni MP". Steven Marshall, Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  2. ^ MacLennan, Leah (22 March 2018). "SA election: Who's who in the new South Australian Liberal Government?". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  3. ^ "The South Australian Government Gazette, 22 March 2018, No. 20, Supplementary Gazette" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Endorsement letter" (PDF). 3P Learning. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Pisoni letter" (PDF). Australian Education Union - SA Branch. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Mr David Pisoni". South Australian Parliament. Retrieved 6 May 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Koutsantonis
as Minister for State Development and Minister for Small Business
Minister for Industry and Skills
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Mark Brindal
Member for Unley