Jim Kennan

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James Harley "Jim" Kennan SC (25 February 1946 – 4 August 2010) was an Australian politician and later Adjunct Professor of Law at Deakin University.[1]

He earned a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. He was a member of parliament between 1982 and 1993, initially in the Victorian Legislative Council, and then in the Legislative Assembly as the member for Broadmeadows and was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1990 to 1992.

After the defeat of the Labor Party Government at the 1992 state election, and the later retirement of leader Joan Kirner in March 1993 he became the Leader of the Opposition until his shock retirement from Parliament three months later. He was succeeded as leader and member for Broadmeadows by a former member of the Legislative Council, John Brumby.

Jim Kennan is the last ALP leader who did not become Premier.

He worked as a Senior Counsel in the Victorian legal system, most notably representing Jack Thomas at his re-trial on terrorism charges in late 2008.[2]


Kennan died on 4 August 2010, aged 64, after a battle with cancer.[3]


  1. ^ "Jim Kennan". Deakin University. Archived from the original on 2007-04-17. Retrieved 03-08-2007. 
  2. ^ Sarah-Jane Collins (29 October 2008). "Jack Thomas spared further jail time". The Age (The Age). Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Former deputy premier Jim Kennan dies". The Age (AAP). 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Dolph Eddy
Member for Thomastown
Succeeded by
seat abolished
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jack Culpin
Member for Broadmeadows
Succeeded by
John Brumby
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joan Kirner
Leader of the Australian Labor Party in Victoria
Succeeded by
John Brumby