Leon Bignell

The Honourable
Leon Bignell
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Mawson
Assumed office
18 March 2006
Preceded by Robert Brokenshire
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party (SA)

Leon William Kennedy Bignell (born 1966), Australian politician, is the member for Mawson representing the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party since the 2006 election.


Bignell was a high-profile ABC sports reporter and later a media adviser to Pat Conlon.


Bignell finished ahead of incumbent Liberal member Robert Brokenshire with a 52.2 percent two party preferred vote at the 2006 state election, delivering Mawson to Labor for the first time since it was lost in the 1993 election landslide. He increased his two-party-preferred vote to 54.4 percent at the 2010 election and to 55.6 percent at the 2014 election.

The 2016 draft redistribution ahead of the 2018 election proposes to redistribute Bignell's seat of Mawson from a 5.6 percent Labor seat to a notional 2.6 percent Liberal seat, taking in areas down the coast as Kangaroo Island.[1][2][3][4]

Bignell is affectionately known as "Biggles" in media circles, and was once caught drawing caricatures of his opposition colleagues while in the chamber.[5] Bignell was engaged to Labor colleague and member for Bright Chloë Fox between March 2006 and March 2007.[6]

He is aligned with Labor's left faction.[7]


He entered cabinet in January 2013 as the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Recreation and Sport and Minister for Racing in the Weatherill Labor cabinet.

Current portfolios

Bignell represents the following portfolios in the Cabinet of South Australia:[8]


South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Brokenshire
Member for Mawson
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