Trish White

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The Honourable
Patricia "Trish" White
Cabinet Minister
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Taylor
In office
5 November 1994 – 20 March 2010
Premier Dean Brown (1994-1996)
John Olsen (1996-2001)
Rob Kerin (2001-2002)
Mike Rann (2002-2010)
Preceded by Lynn Arnold
Succeeded by Leesa Vlahos
Personal details
Born Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Engineer, Company director

Patricia Lynne "Trish" White (born 7 September 1964) is a company director[1] and former Australian politician,[2] who represented 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. She was a senior cabinet minister in the Rann government.

Born in Brisbane, White gained degrees in Engineering and Arts, from the University of Queensland, after which she worked as an engineering project manager in the transport and communications industries, then with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.[3]

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 young family.[3]

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.

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.[3][4] Labor preselected former Labor assistant secretary Leesa Vlahos who retained the seat.

Post politics, White took up a senior executive role with ASX 50 global engineering services company, WorleyParsons. She has been a non-executive director of several corporations, including Australia Post.


Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Lynn Arnold
Member for Taylor
1994 – 2010
Succeeded by
Leesa Vlahos

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