John Kaye (politician)

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John Kaye
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Personal details
Born (1955-10-23) 23 October 1955 (age 59)
Nationality Australian
Political party Greens New South Wales

John Kaye (born 23 October 1955) is an Australian politician. He was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council at the 2007 state election and represents the Greens.

Early career[edit]

After gaining a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science at the University of Melbourne, Kaye worked as an engineer for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria.

Kaye earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He was then a postdoc at the Australian National University, and later an academic in electrical engineering at the University of New South Wales where he specialised in sustainable energy and greenhouse issues.

He is a vocal critic of electricity industry privatisation and a strong advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as a vocal spokesperson for public schools and TAFE colleges.[1]

Political career[edit]

From 1998 to 2001, Kaye was the Greens policy coordinator and, from 1999 to 2002, was policy advisor to Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon, leading campaigns for public education, sustainable transport, the urban, rural and natural environments, workers' rights and developer donations to political parties. In the 2003 state election, he acted as the Greens campaign coordinator and policy coordinator.[2]

In the 2004 federal election Kaye was the Greens lead candidate for the Australian Senate from New South Wales. As lead candidate, the Greens vote increased to 7.3% but, due to less-favourable preference flows, he failed to gain a seat by a margin of 0.5%.[3]

At the 2007 state election he was elected as the second candidate on a Greens ticket headed by Lee Rhiannon.

Kaye's portfolio responsibilities include Premier & Cabinet, Treasury, Finance, Education and Training, Energy, Health Services, Science & Medical Research, Water Utilities, Fair Trading, Gaming and Racing, Infrastructure, and Commerce.[4]


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