Speakers Profile - The Hon Jeffrey Kennett

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Mr Kennett entered the Victorian State Parliament in 1976 after a military and commercial career.

He was elected Leader of the Opposition in 1982 and became Premier in 1992.

In his time in Government, Mr Kennett held the positions of Premier, Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for the Arts. Mr Kennett also headed the Government's peak industry organisations - the Ministerial Industry Council, Premier’s Business Round Table, Victorian Communications and Multimedia Task Force and Food Victoria, and chaired the Science, Engineering and Technology Task Force.

Under his Premiership, Victoria was Australia's most reformist government, implementing extensive reforms to the Victorian public service, leading Australia in the privatisation of public authorities, reducing the State's debt from $33bn to $5.5bn, reinvigorating the economy and reinstating confidence amongst the Victorian community and regaining its AAA credit rating in 1998.
Mr Kennett is founding Chairman of beyondblue, the national depression and anxiety initiative. He is also Chairman of The Torch, a program assisting incarcerated Indigenous men and women.

He is also Chairman of Chairman of Open Windows Australia Pty Ltd, Chairman of CT Management Group Pty Ltd, Chairman of Ledified Lighting Corporation Pty Ltd and of Amtek Corporation Pty Ltd.

Mr Kennett was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in January 2005.

Presentation Titles:
Australia in the 21st Century and Beyond
Our future, Potential growth areas, the shape of society
The challenges ahead for Australia as a nation
The strategic importance of Australia's participation in the Asian region beyond East Timor
The role of Government in leading debate on social issues