Trish White

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Patricia Lynne "Trish" White (born 7 September 1964) is a company director and former Australian politician,[1] representing Taylor in the South Australian House of Assembly for the Australian Labor Party. She first won the seat at a state by-election held on 5 November 1994 following the retirement of former Premier Lynn Arnold and served for 16 years.

Prior to her election into politics, White gained degrees in Engineering and Arts, from the University of Queensland and the University of South Australia, after which she worked as an engineering project manager in the transport and communications industries, and with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.[2]

From 1995 to 2002, White has held Shadow Ministries from time to time including Education and Children's Services, Further Education and Training, Higher Education, Regional Development, Tourism, Racing, Sport, Youth, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs.

When Labor took power in 2002, she became a minister. From 2002 to 2005, White has held Ministries from time to time including Education and Children's Services, Member of the Executive Council, Transport, Science and Information Economy, and Urban Development and Planning. She stepped down to spend more time with her family.[2]

She has been a member of several parliamentary committees, including Chair Economic and Finance, Industry Development, Public Works, Social Development, Select Committee into Building Surveyors / Private Certifiers, Select Committee into DETE funded schools.

From 1995 to 2000 she was Convenor of the Labor Unity (right-wing) faction of the South Australian Labor Party. She was a member of the ALP's National Executive for many years during the 1990s.

The 2006 election saw White increase her margin to 27.4%.

White announced she would not re-contest her seat at the 2010 state election.[2][3] She took up an executive role with global engineering services company, WorleyParsons. Labor has preselected former Labor assistant secretary Leesa Vlahos who retained the seat.


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