Martin Hamilton-Smith was appointed as Minister for Investment and Trade, Defence Industries and Veterans’ Affairs in May 2014. In January 2016 he was appointed to the additional portfolio of Small Business. He has represented the seat of Waite for 17 years.
During that time he has also served as Minister for Tourism and Innovation in the Kerin Government, Leader of the Opposition and as Shadow Minister in a wide range of portfolios including Treasury.
He completed a Bachelor and Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide winning the Baron Partner’s Prize in Strategic Management.
Before entering Parliament, Martin spent 23 years in the Army, serving in the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS), commanding the 1st Commando Regiment, and serving as commanding officer of the Australian multi-national Peacekeepers in Egypt.
After leaving the Army, he built up a property development and private child care centre business that employed 125 people across two states.