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KEMP, the Hon. David AlistairBiography for KEMP, the Hon. David Alistair

Member for Goldstein (Vic) 1990-2004

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Goldstein, Victoria, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2001.

Retired prior to general elections 2004.

Ministerial appointments

Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training from 11.3.96 to 9.10.97.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 11.3.96 to 17.3.96 and from 18.7.97 to 26.11.01.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance for Privatisation from 17.3.96 to 9.10.97.

Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs from 9.10.97 to 21.10.98.

Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage from 26.11.01 to 18.7.04.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 21.10.98 to 18.7.04.

Conferences, delegations and visits

Official visits to UK and USA, June-July 1996; New Zealand, July-August 1996; USA, February-March 1999; UK, Germany and China, July 1999; Singapore, April 2000; Israel and Malaysia, August 2000; USA, Belgium and the Netherlands, March 2002; Republic of Korea, April 2002; Japan, May 2002; Indonesia and Singapore, June 2002; USA, UK and Belgium, July 2002; South Africa, August-September 2002; India, October-November 2002; Papua New Guinea, November 2002; USA, April-May 2003; Germany, June 2003; Italy, October 2003 and December 2003; USA, April-May 2004.

Parliamentary party positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90. Shadow Minister for Education from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Science from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93; Joint Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Transition to Government from 28.4.92 to 7.4.93; Shadow Minister for Science, Technology and Export Development from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Party Development from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Family Services from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.

Chairperson, Industry, Structural Reform and Environment Management Group from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94.

Party positions

State Director and Strategy Director, Liberal Party (Vic) 1987-88.

Member, Committee of Review (Valder Committee) 1983.

Member, Federal Platform and Policy Review Sub-Committee, Joint Standing Committee on Federal Policy 1977-80.

President and State Council Delegate, Liberal Party Kew North Branch 1967-68 and 1973-74.


Born 14.10.1941, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament

BA (Hons), LLB (Melb), PhD (Yale).

Political scientist and consultant.

Professor of Politics, Monash University 1979-90.

Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Melbourne 1975-79.

Director of the Prime Minister's Office 1981.

Senior Adviser to the Rt Hon. JM Fraser, Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister 1975-76.


Society and electoral behaviour in Australia: a study of three decades, St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1978.

Malcolm Fraser on Australia (with D.M. White), Melbourne: Hill of Content, 1986.

Current priorities for liberalism: the eighth Sir Robert Menzies lecture, Melbourne: Sir Robert Menzies Lecture Trust, 1986.

Foundations for Australian political analysis: politics and authority, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1988.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Beaumaris, Bentleigh, Brighton East, Black Rock, Carnegie, Caulfield South, Cheltenham, Glenhuntly, Hampton, Hampton East, Highett, Ormond and Sandringham.

Area: 48 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 89 948 (at 10.11.01).

Industries: light industrial and commercial activities.

State electorates: Goldstein includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bentleigh, Brighton, Caulfield, Oakleigh and Sandringham.