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KEMP, the Hon. Charles Roderick (Rod)Biography for KEMP, the Hon. Charles Roderick (Rod)

Senator for Victoria

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1990. Re-elected 1996 and 2001. Retired with the expiration of term 2008.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security from 11.3.1996 to 14.10.1996.

Assistant Treasurer from 14.10.1996 to 26.11.2001.

Minister for the Arts and Sport from 26.11.2001 to 30.1.2007.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Selection of Bills from 2.5.1996 to 14.10.1996; Privileges from 23.3.2007 to 10.9.2007.

Senate Select: Political Broadcasts and Political Disclosures Bill from 16.8.1991 to 28.11.1991; Victorian Casino Inquiry from 20.5.1996 to 15.10.1996.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 24.8.1990 to 18.8.1993; Finance and Public Administration from 17.9.1990 to 10.10.1994; Finance and Public Administration: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Community Affairs: References from 2.5.1996 to 22.8.1996; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 12.2.2007 to 10.9.2007; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 12.2.2008 to 30.6.2008.

Senate Estimates: D from 24.8.1990 to 6.5.1993; A from 6.5.1993 to 10.10.1994.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 24.8.1990 to 19.8.1993.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to USA, April-May 1997.

Official visits to Japan, July-August 1997.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, October-November 1997.

Official visits to France, Switzerland and Singapore, April-May 1998.

Official visits to Fiji, July 1998.

Official visits to USA, October 1998.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, March 2000.

Official visits to USA, April 2000.

Official visits to Niue, July 2000.

Official visits to Czech Republic, September 2000.

Official visits to USA, February 2002.

Official visits to Malaysia, April 2002.

Official visits to UK, July-August 2002.

Official visits to China and Russia, December 2002.

Official visits to Denmark, February-March 2003.

Official visits to Greece, August and September 2004.

Official visits to China and Japan, July 2005.

Official visits to France, October 2005.

Official visits to Italy, February 2006.

Official visits to Germany and the Netherlands, June 2006.

Official visits to New Zealand, September 2006.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-November 2007.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 30.4.1996 to 6.11.1996.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 28.4.1992 to 7.4.1993.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Senate Liaison from 28.4.1992 to 23.5.1992.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Minister for Administrative Services from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.

Shadow Minister for the Australian Capital Territory from 25.9.1994 to 11.3.1996.

Shadow Minister for Public Administration from 25.9.1994 to 10.3.1995.

Shadow Minister for the Environment from 10.3.1995 to 11.3.1996.

Party Positions

Treasurer of the Liberal Club (University of Melbourne), 1965.

President of the Liberal Party Kew North Branch from 1967 to 1968.

Other Positions

Senior Private Secretary to the Dame Margaret Guilfoyle from 1977 to 1982.

Principal Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Hon A Peacock, 1989.


Born 21.12.1944, Melbourne, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BCom (University of Melbourne).

Director of the Institute of Public Affairs from 1982 to 1989.