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The Honourable Jing Lee, MLC

Member of the Legislative Council in the South Australian Parliament:
  • Assistant Minister to the Premier

Biography

2020 marks 10 years since Jing made history for changing the political landscape of South Australia as the first Malaysian migrant with Chinese heritage to be elected to State Parliament in 2010.

Since 2010, Jing has been entrusted with key portfolios, which included multicultural affairs, small business, education, trade and investment.

Jing is a proud Australian and is deeply honoured to have become the first Asian migrant to be appointed as the Assistant Minister to the Premier of South Australia under the Marshall Government in April 2018.

Jing arrived in Adelaide with her hardworking family in 1979 and greatly values her rich cultural heritage. For 40 years, Jing has embraced the Australian values which encompass the democratic beliefs, freedoms, and respect that are central to our successful diverse society. Throughout her professional and community life, she seeks every opportunity to serve all members of our community.

Prior to entering Parliament, Jing was a successful businesswoman with over 20 years of management and international trade experience. Jing has held many senior management roles across the private and public sectors and worked successfully in Australia and internationally.

Throughout her life, Jing has volunteered her time and efforts to assist people and organisations to achieve their full potential. She is a strong campaigner for small business and is passionate about encouraging interculturalism to connect our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Jing plays a significant role in building community capacities through active community engagement and policy development. Her passion for hard work and her natural affinity to work with people from all walks of life has won her the respect and affection of the business sector and multicultural communities across South Australia.