Joseph Karl Szakacs (//; born 1982) is an Australian politician and trade unionist.
|Member of the South Australian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
9 February 2019
|Preceded by||Jay Weatherill|
|Born||1982 (age 37–38)|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party (SA)|
|Alma mater||Flinders University|
|Occupation||Trade union secretary|
Szakacs was born in Adelaide to a Hungarian father and Australian mother. He attended St Michael's College, Adelaide. In his teens, Szakacs was a competitive swimmer, holding the state 50m freestyle title and representing Australia at the 2002–03 FINA Swimming World Cup. He won swimming scholarships to the South Australian Institute of Sport and the University of Missouri, then returned to Australia to study law at Flinders University.
Introduced to the trade union movement by his father, a waterside worker in Port Adelaide, Szakacs worked as a volunteer lawyer at the Young Workers Legal Service, then as an industrial officer with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and later the United Firefighters Union South Australia. In October 2013, he was elected as state secretary of SA Unions.
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- Keane, Daniel (9 February 2019). "Labor claiming victory in Cheltenham and Enfield by-elections after resignations". ABC News. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
|Parliament of South Australia|
| Member for Cheltenham