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New boy Mullighan takes SA transport role

Predecessor Koutsantonis goes to Treasury after little more than a year at his old post

Surprise South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has set about rejuvenating his Cabinet, with transport and infrastructure a major move.

Stephen Mullighan, at 35 and the first new member of South Australia’s Parliament to go straight into a front bench ministerial role since Premier Jay Weatherill himself, has been given those portfolios.

Mullighan will share his major responsibility with being Minister assisting in Housing and Urban Development and Planning.

He was formerly Premier Jay Weatherill’s deputy chief of staff and adviser to one-time Deputy Premier and Treasurer Kevin Foley and before that employed by economics advisory firm Deloitte Economics in Adelaide.

Former Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis has been appointed Treasurer, Minister for Finance, State Development, Mineral Resources and Energy, Automotive Transformation and Small Business.

Though Foley has been quoted describing Mullighan as a future treasurer, there is speculation that he might be destined for the leadership.

Koutsantonis held his previous position for just 14 months after long-term predecessor Pat Conlon stepped down.

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