Tom Koutsantonis

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The Honourable
Tom Koutsantonis
MHA
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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 Anastasious Koutsantonis
(1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 45)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Spouse(s) Anthea
Religion Greek Orthodox

Anastasious "Tom" Koutsantonis 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 currently serves 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.

Cabinet[edit]

In 2009, he was elevated to cabinet.[2] Throughout his time as a minister he has been Minister for Finance, Minister for State Development, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy and Minister for Small Business. 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]

Current portfolios[edit]

In addition to Treasurer, Koutsantonis represents the following portfolios in the Cabinet of South Australia:[4]

  • Minister for Finance
  • Minister for State Development
  • Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy

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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–present
Incumbent
Minister for Finance
2014–present
Minister for State Development
2014–present
Preceded by
Paul Holloway
Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
2011–present
Preceded by
Tom Kenyon
Minister for Small Business
2014–present
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