Leesa Anne Vlahos, née Chesser (born 1966) is an Australian politician elected to the seat of Taylor as the Labor Party candidate in the South Australian House of Assembly at the 2010 election, after the retirement of the previous Labor Party incumbent Trish White. She was re-elected at the 2014 election. She is originally from Queensland, where she studied Health Administration at the Queensland University of Technology. She then worked in public and private hospitals in Brisbane and later the Repatriation Hospital in Daw Park, Adelaide. Vlahos holds office as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and assists in the portfolio areas of Defence Industries, Veterans’ Affairs, Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and The Arts. Vlahos was the founding director of SA Progressive Business Inc. which acts as the corporate events arm of the ALP and links the political party with the business community.
She is a former Presiding Officer of the SA Parliament Public Works Committee, a member of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee, and a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation. She is also a member of the Economic and Finance Committee.
Nuclear power advocacy
Vlahos was described by the Australian Financial Review as 'staunchly pro-nuclear' and advocated for nuclear power in Australia during the lead-up to the Royal Commission into South Australia's future role in the nuclear fuel cycle. In her 2015 submission in response to the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission she stated that she had been an advocate for a "modern and safe" nuclear industry for South Australia "for years". She also encouraged an investigation of the possibility of developing Thorium-fueled nuclear power.
Vlahos is originally from Queensland. As a child she became a Girl Guide and later continued to be involved with the scouting movement.
- Electoral Commission of South Australia: 2010 election
- "Leesa Vlahos". South Australian Labor. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
- Evans, Simon (2015-03-16). "Labor MP Leesa Vlahos says pro-nuclear debate 'getting easier'". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
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