Martin is Independent liberal and former member of the Weatherill Labor Government where he served as Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Defence and Space Industries, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Health Industries, and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs from March 2014 until January 2018. He has represented the seat of Waite for 21 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.