Growing up in Barker, Tony knows first-hand the challenges faced by local families. Tony was born, raised and educated in Barker. Growing up on the family farm, Tony has a deep respect for the demands of life on the land. After graduating with degrees in law and economics, he worked in Adelaide before being drawn home by his strong family and community ties. Tony operated his own legal practice in the South East, representing local farmers, residents and businesses. As a young father and family man, Tony know first-hand the real challenges faced by families in Barker, as they confront rising cost of living pressures and access to quality healthcare, jobs and education. Tony has always believed in standing up for his local community, which led him to serve as a Councillor with the City of Mount Gambier between 2003 and 2010 where he worked to deliver better services and facilities for local residents. Tony was elected as the Federal Member for Barker in September 2013 and returned to Parliament at the 2016 election. Tony wants to use his skills as an advocate and his experience as an effective representative to ensure that the views of local communities throughout Barker are heard loud and clear in the Federal Parliament.