Roger Goldsworthy (politician)

Eric Roger Goldsworthy AO (born 17 July 1929) is a former Australian politician and 3rd Deputy Premier of South Australia from 1979 to 1982. Goldsworthy represented the House of Assembly seat of Kavel for the Liberal and Country League and Liberal Party from 1970 to 1992. Before entering Parliament he was a farmer and teacher. He was also a member of University of Adelaide Council 1970–1973.[3] He became deputy leader of the SA Liberals, and hence Deputy Leader of the Opposition, in 1975 when David Tonkin successfully challenged Bruce Eastick's leadership. As such, he became Deputy Premier when the Liberals won the 1979 state election, also serving as Minister of Mines and Energy, Services and Supply. He remained deputy leader when the Liberals went back into opposition in 1982 under John Olsen, and held the deputy's post until returning to the backbench in 1989.

Roger Goldsworthy

Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Kavel
In office
30 May 1970 – 8 Apr 1992
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byJohn Olsen
3rd Deputy Premier of South Australia
In office
18 September 1979 – 10 November 1982
PremierDavid Tonkin
Preceded byHugh Hudson
Succeeded byJack Wright
Minister of Mines and Energy, Services and Supply
In office
18 September 1979 – 10 November 1982
Deputy Leader of the Opposition/Liberal Party (SA)
In office
25 July 1975 – 14 September 1979
LeaderDavid Tonkin
Deputy Leader of the Opposition/Liberal Party (SA)
In office
8 December 1982 – 7 December 1989
LeaderDavid Tonkin (1982)
John Olsen (1982-1989)
Personal details
Eric Roger Goldsworthy

(1929-07-17) 17 July 1929 (age 92)[1]
Lameroo, South Australia[1]
Political partyLiberal and Country League
Liberal Party
Spouse(s)Lynette nee Chapman[2]
Relationsbrother in law of Grant Chapman
ChildrenMark Goldsworthy
ParentsOttho Eric Goldsworthy and Lillie May nee Nicholls
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide[3]
Professionfarmer, secondary teacher, member of parliament

He was active in the development and exploitation of mineral resources whilst in parliament and following his retirement. Whilst Minister of Mines, he negotiated the establishment of the Olympic Dam mine and the Cooper Basin liquid scheme and put these to Parliament.[3] He is a member of the South Australian government's Resources Industry Development Board (RIDB).[3]

He has been an active promoter of the mining industry in SA and a member of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) since its formation.[3] Goldsworthy chaired the Gawler Craton Infrastructure study for the Commonwealth Government.[4][5]

He was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for service to Parliament and the community in 1997.[3]

A leading member of the right wing of the South Australia Liberals, Goldsworthy retired from politics in 1992 to allow fellow right-winger and former state party leader Olsen to re-enter parliament and challenge for the leadership. Following his parliamentary career, Goldsworthy continued to support the resources sector in South Australia through his membership of the RIDB.[3]


Roger has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Adelaide (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Geology) and a Diploma in teaching.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Family Notices". The Chronicle. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 25 July 1929. p. 39. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Engagement". The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 4 December 1950. p. 12. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Members of the Resource Industry Development Board: (Hon) Roger Goldsworthy". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2014.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Lindsay Hogan and Anna Byrne, (2000), Assessment of infrastructure and government services in regional Australia, Regional Minerals Program, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE), p. 66
  5. ^ Primary Industries and Resources SA; AGC Woodward Clyde (Firm); Maunsell McIntyre Pty Ltd; Australia. Dept. of Industry, Science and Resources; Gawler Craton Infrastructure Mining Group; Bassett Consulting Engineers (1999), Gawler Craton infrastructure advance planning study : executive summary, Primary Industries and Resources South Australia, retrieved 8 May 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Hudson
Deputy Premier of South Australia
1979 – 1982
Succeeded by
Jack Wright
Parliament of South Australia
New division Member for Kavel
1970 – 1992
Succeeded by
John Olsen