David Kemp (politician)

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Dr David Kemp

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Goldstein
In office
24 March 1990 – 31 August 2004
Preceded byIan Macphee
Succeeded byAndrew Robb
Personal details
Born (1941-10-14) 14 October 1941 (age 78)
Political partyLiberal
RelationsRod Kemp (brother)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Yale University

David Alistair Kemp AC (born 14 October 1941), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to October 2004, representing the Division of Goldstein, Victoria.

Early life and education[edit]

Kemp was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was educated at the University of Melbourne and Yale University, where he gained a doctoral degree in politics. He is the brother of Senator Rod Kemp, and the son of Charles Denton Kemp, founder of the Institute of Public Affairs.


Kemp was Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Melbourne 1975–79 and Professor of Politics at Monash University, Melbourne 1979–90. He is the author of Society and Electoral Behaviour in Australia: a Study of Three Decades (1978), Malcolm Fraser on Australia (with D. M. White) (1986), Current Priorities for Liberalism (1986) and Foundations for Australian Political Analysis: Politics and Authority (1988).

Political career[edit]

Kemp was Senior Adviser to Malcolm Fraser, Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister 1975–76 and Director of the Prime Minister's Office 1981.

In 1990 Kemp challenged Liberal MP and former Cabinet minister, Ian Macphee, for Liberal endorsement in the safe Melbourne seat of Goldstein. Kemp was seen as the candidate of the conservative wing of the Liberal Party, against a leading moderate liberal figure. Kemp won the battle.

Kemp was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1990–96. He was Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance for Privatisation 1996–97. He was promoted to Cabinet as Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs 1997–98 and Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs 1998–2001. He was Minister for Environment and Heritage from November 2001 to July 2004. He was Vice-President of the Executive Council from October 1998 to July 2004. His brother Rod was a fellow minister.

David Kemp retired at the 2004 election. He was succeeded as member for Goldstein by Andrew Robb.

In 2007, he was elected President of the Victorian Branch of the Liberal Party. He retired in 2011 and was replaced as Liberal state President by Tony Snell.[1] [2][3]

Post-political career[edit]

In 2012, Kemp became chairman of Scotch College, Melbourne.[4] In 2017, Kemp was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, notably in the areas of employment, education, training and youth affairs, to the environment, to institutional reform and public policy development, and to the community.[5]


  1. ^ https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/politics/how-the-liberals-fell-apart-in-victoria-liberal-party-review/story-fnkerdda-1227284061182?from=public_rss
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/michael-kroger-vies-for-liberal-party-presidency-20150119-12tbmx.html
  4. ^ Kitney, Damon (12 September 2012). "Chairman of Scotch College quits over workload concerns". The Australian. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Australia Day 2017 Honours List. Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ross Free
Minister for Schools,
Vocational Education and Training

Succeeded by
Chris Ellison
Preceded by
Amanda Vanstone
Minister for Employment, Education,
Training and Youth Affairs

Succeeded by
Peter Reith
New title Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Succeeded by
Brendan Nelson
Preceded by
John Moore
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
Nick Minchin
Preceded by
Robert Hill
Minister for Environment and Heritage
Succeeded by
Ian Campbell
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ian Macphee
Member for Goldstein
Succeeded by
Andrew Robb