He won the federal seat of Sturt in 1969 on 50.5 per cent of the two party vote with a 15 per cent swing, but lost it back to Ian Wilson in 1972. He served in the South Australian Legislative Council from 1975 to 1982. He was probably best known for his support of the TonkinLiberal government's legislation to enable the Roxby Downsuranium mine in 1982. The legislation was very controversial, and was opposed at the time by Labor. Foster resigned from the Labor Party just before he crossed the floor to give the final vote required to pass the legislation. He ran unsuccessfully for the Legislative Council as an independent Labor candidate in 1982, however his ALP membership was reinstated in 1988.
He died in Adelaide and was survived by his wife, five children, seven... Read More