Born in New Zealand, Rex Patrick moved to Australia when he was seven. After a short stint in Victoria he then moved to Whyalla in SA where he attended Fisk Street Primary School and Stuart High School.
At age 16 Rex left Whyalla to join the Navy where he completed schooling, trained as an electronic technician and volunteered for submarine service. He served on Oberon Class submarines before being selected and posted to Osborne as a member of the trials crew for the first Collins class submarine. He then left the Navy in 1994 and worked for an Australian sonar design and development company as a trainer, then project manager, business development manager and head of research and development.
In 2007 Rex left the comfort and security of full-time employment to form his own company. He built a successful domestic and international business in sonar and acoustics training and project management related consulting, as well as writing extensively for professional Defence magazines.
Rex joined Centre Alliance (formerly the Nick Xenophon Team) as Nick’s senior advisor at the start of 2016. He was asked to fill the casual vacancy that resulted when he resigned from Senate in October 2017.
Rex sees himself as being part of the sensible centre of Australian politics.
He believes in equal opportunity for everyone, including the opportunity to live well and be prosperous. He believes in freedom of choice and expression and that people have a right to feel safe in their community.
Rex holds the strong view that we should look after the community’s welfare with affordable childcare, affordable and diverse education choices, modern health care and dependable aged care.
He is a strong believer in accountable, effective, efficient and inclusive government.
With the support of his Senate colleague, Stirling Griff, Rex plans to use his position in the Senate to advocate and push for all of these things.