Tom Koutsantonis

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The Honourable
Tom Koutsantonis
Treasurer of South Australia
Assumed office
26 March 2014
Preceded by Jay Weatherill
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for West Torrens
Assumed office
9 February 2002
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Peake
In office
11 October 1997 – 9 February 2002
Preceded by Heini Becker
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born Anastasios Koutsantonis
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Anthea

Anastasios "Tom" Koutsantonis (born 23 August 1971) is a South Australian politician and a member of the Australian Labor Party, representing the seat of West Torrens in the South Australian House of Assembly. He is the Treasurer of South Australia, Minister for Finance, Minister for State Development, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy and Minister for Small Business in the Weatherill cabinet.

Koutsantonis, a Greek-Australian, was born in Adelaide and attended Netley Primary School and Adelaide High School. As a student at the University of Adelaide he became involved in Australian Young Labor, drove taxis and went on to run a small business before becoming an industrial officer for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA).[1]

Koutsantonis was elected to the seat of Peake (now West Torrens) at the 1997 election on a margin of 4.5 points, then by 8.6 points at the 2002 election, and by 18.3 points at the 2006 election, after which Koutsantonis was elevated to the chairmanship of the economic and advisory committee. In 2009, he was elevated to cabinet.[2] Forty-seven days after being appointed Minister for Road Safety, Koutsantonis was forced to apologise for his "unacceptable" driving record which listed 58 traffic offences and over $10,000 in fines. He subsequently resigned the portfolio.[3]


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South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Heini Becker
Member for Peake
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat recreated
Member for West Torrens