Gavin Jennings

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Gavin Jennings
MLC
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 September 1999
Personal details
Born (1957-04-18) 18 April 1957 (age 57)
Political party Australian Labor Party

Gavin Wayne Jennings (born 18 April 1957) is an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Council since 1999, representing Melbourne Province and then the South Eastern Metropolitan Region. Until December 2010 he was the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council and the state Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Innovation. Jennings is a leading member of the party's Socialist Left faction.[1].

Jennings studied at Beaufort High School and Monash University, attaining degrees in arts and social work. He worked at various times as a factory worker, actuarial clerk, actor, social worker and policy analyst. He was employed as an adviser to Cain government minister Kay Setches between 1988 and 1990, and then to Premiers John Cain and Joan Kirner between 1990 and 1992. After the defeat of the Kirner government at the 1992 state election, Jennings began working as an industrial officer, working for the Public Transport Union, Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union and Electrical Trades Union at various times until his election to parliament.

Jennings won preselection for the safe Labor Legislative Council seat of Melbourne Province in advance of the 1999 state election, and was thus easily elected. He was immediately appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. He was promoted to the ministry after the 2002 state election, serving as Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. He was shifted from the aged care to the community services portfolio after the 2006 state election. He received a significant promotion in the wake of John Brumby's accession to the premiership in August 2007, receiving the portfolios of the environment and climate change, and innovation.