Tom Koutsantonis

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The Honourable
Tom Koutsantonis
MP
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Treasurer of South Australia
In office
26 March 2014 – 19 March 2018
PremierJay Weatherill
Preceded byJay Weatherill
Succeeded byRob Lucas
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 byHeini Becker
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Personal details
BornAnastasious Koutsantonis
(1971-08-23) 23 August 1971 (age 47)
Woodville, South Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyAustralian Labor Party (SA)
Spouse(s)Anthea
ReligionGreek Orthodox

Anastasious "Tom" Koutsantonis (born 23 August 1971) is an Australian politician in the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party, representing the seats of West Torrens (2002−current) and Peake (1997−2002) as a Labor member in the South Australian House of Assembly. He formerly served as Treasurer of South Australia in the Weatherill cabinet.

Background[edit]

A Greek-Australian, Koutsantonis 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]

Parliament[edit]

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 appointed to cabinet;[2] Koutsantonis has served in a range of ministerial portfolios with responsibility for finance, state development, mineral resources and energy, small business, ministerial resources and energy, and for road safety,[3] where 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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayne, Stephen (25 January 2006). "Tracking the unionists in parliament". Crikey. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Caica gets agriculture in SA reshuffle". ABC News. Australia. 3 March 2009.
  3. ^ Cabinet of South Australia: Premier.sa.gov.au Archived 21 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Road Safety Minister quits over traffic offences". ABC News. Australia. 20 April 2009.

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Political offices
New title Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Tom Kenyon
Preceded by
Patrick Conlon
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Stephen Mullighan
Minister for Urban Development and Planning
2013–2014
Succeeded by
John Rau
New title Minister for Automotive Transformation
2014
Succeeded by
Susan Close
Preceded by
Jay Weatherill
Treasurer of South Australia
2014–2018
Succeeded by
Rob Lucas
Minister for Finance
2014–2018
Minister for State Development
2014–2018
Succeeded by
David Pisoni
as Minister for Industry and Skills
Preceded by
Tom Kenyon
Minister for Small Business
2014–2018
Preceded by
Paul Holloway
Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
2011–2018
Succeeded by
Dan van Holst Pellekaan
as Minister for Energy and Mining
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Heini Becker
Member for Peake
1997–2002
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat recreated
Member for West Torrens
2002–present
Incumbent