Steve has lived in the electorate of Adelaide his entire life. Steve has worked on a factory assembly line, as an underwriter, a policy adviser and a taxi driver. He has also worked as an organiser advocating for workers' rights in the airline and local government sectors.
Steve is a former member of the boards of the West Adelaide SANFL Football Club and Thebarton Senior College.
Previously, Steve held the seat of Hindmarsh and served as the Second Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. He served on many committees, including as Chair of the Health and Ageing Committee.
In Parliament, Steve was a strong advocate for local jobs, fighting offshoring of call centre work and successfully lobbying for the establishment of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman. Steve championed greater scrutiny of the live animal export trade and supported a shift to onshore slaughter and meat processing to create more jobs and protect animal welfare.
Steve’s top priority has been to secure an order for twelve locally manufactured submarines, and he will fight hard for working families by ensuring there is access to quality education and health care services.
Elected to the House of Representatives for Hindmarsh, South Australia, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013. Elected to the House of Representatives for Hindmarsh, South Australia, 2016. Elected to the House of Representatives for Adelaide, South Australia, following electoral redistribution, 2019.
Member, Speaker's Panel (2013 – present)
Second Deputy Speaker (2012 – 2013)
Member, Speaker's Panel (2008 – 2012)
Joint Standing Committee on Migration (2011 – 2013, 2016 – present)
House of Representatives Standing Committee of Petitions (2016 – present)
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport (2016 – present)
House of Representatives House Committee (2012 – 2013)
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing (2004 – 2013)
Joint Statutory Committee on Public Works (2010 – 2012)
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (2010 – 2011)
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Privileges and Members' Interests (2008 – 2010)
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications (2008 – 2010)
Deputy Chair of the Greek Australian Parliamentary Friendship Group (2004 – 2007, 2016 – present)
Chair of the Greek Australian Parliamentary Friendship Group (2007 – 2013)
Qualifications and occupations before entering Federal Parliament
Certificate of Business Studies (default)
Taxi driver (1980 – 1987)
Underwriter, financial services (1987 – 1996)
Electorate officer (1996 – 2002)
Ministerial adviser to the Hon. J Weatherill, MHA (SA) (2002 – 2004)
Director, Board of West Adelaide Football Club (SANFL) (2013 – 2016)
Director, Board of Statewide Super (2013 – 2016)