Steve Kons

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Steven (Steve) Kons (born 17 September 1962) is an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1998 until 2010, representing the electorate of Braddon. He served as Deputy Premier under Paul Lennon from 2006 to 2008, and also served as Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Workplace Relations and Minister for Planning. He retired from state politics in 2010, and was elected Mayor of Burnie in 2011. He previously served as Mayor of Burnie from 1997 to 1999.

Kons was born in Melbourne to Greek immigrants who worked in heavy manual employment to help educate him at Caulfield Grammar School. After the family moved to operate a Devonport business, he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tasmania before returning to Melbourne to practice mainly in the corporate sector. Kons later returned to Tasmania and established a successful business career. From 1997 to 1999, he served as Mayor of Burnie.

He was invited to run for the Labor Party at the 1998 state election by then Labor leader Jim Bacon, and was elected second overall, topping the Labor slate.[1] He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, promoted to Secretary to Cabinet, and then to Cabinet as Minister for Primary Industries and Water. He was again promoted to Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Planning and Workplace Relations following the 2006 state election. On 27 October 2006, he was appointed Deputy Premier, replacing Bryan Green.[2]

Kons resigned as Deputy Premier in April 2008 after admitting that he had made "inaccurate statements" to parliament regarding the appointment of a magistrate.[3] He announced in July 2009 that he would retire at the 2010 election.[4] He subsequently ran in the Burnie local government elections that year, winning election as an alderman but failing in a bid to regain his former position of mayor.[5] He was later elected mayor in late 2011.[6]


  1. ^ "Results in Braddon for the election held on 29 August 1998". Tasmanian Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  2. ^ Lennon makes A-G his new deputy, ABC News, 27 October 2006.
  3. ^ Tasmania's Deputy Premier Steve Kons resigns from front bench after shredded documents revealed he misled parliament, The Australian, 9 April 2008.
  4. ^ Ford, Sean (2009-07-04). "Kons pulling pin - Local News - News - General". The Advocate. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  5. ^ Ford, Sean (2009-10-28). "Kons foreshadows another Mayoral tilt - Local News - News - General". The Advocate. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  6. ^ Kempton, Helen (2011-12-01). "Burnie council GM resigns". The Mercury. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 

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