Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for Families and Social Services
Parliament of Australia
Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, has been a Senator since September 2012.
Senator Ruston was appointed Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources in September 2015. She was subsequently appointed as Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific in August 2018. Senator Ruston is also the Manager of Government Business in the Senate.
Prior to becoming a Senator, Anne held several senior positions in government and the private sector, including as the inaugural chief executive of the National Wine Centre. She was also a primary producer and irrigator, owning and operating the largest commercial rose garden in Australia.
Born and raised in Renmark, on the River Murray in South Australia, Anne is a proud member of the community where she still lives and works to this day. She is the only Senator for South Australia based in a regional area.
Outside of politics she supports Adelaide United in the A-League, enjoys walking her Labrador and spending time with family and friends.