13 September 2011 – 17 February 2017
|Political party||Australian Labor Party (SA)|
Gerard Anthony (Gerry) Kandelaars is an Australian politician. He was appointed to the South Australian Legislative Council for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party on 13 September 2011 to replace outgoing member Paul Holloway. He served until his resignation in February 2017.
Kandelaars worked in the Telecommunications Industry for over 20 years, including as a Telecommunications Tradesman with the PMG Department and Principal Technical Officer in Telstra's Forward Planning Section. He moved to the role of State Branch Secretary and then Branch President of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Unions (CEPU) T&S Branch. He was a board member of PEER VEET (a Group Training Company and Registered Training Organisation), and on the Information Industries Training Advisory Board, as well as the Electrotechnology and Water Skills Board. He was also a director on the Board of Telstra Super, Australia's largest corporate superannuation fund with over $11 billion in funds under management and was a member of its Audit, Risk and Management Committee and its Remuneration Committee.
Kandelaars previously worked for Labor MP Robyn Geraghty. He gained Labor preselection to the Legislative Council in a joint sitting of the Parliament of South Australia on 13 September 2011 to replace outgoing MLC Paul Holloway.
Kandelaars affirmed his commitment to the union movement, saying "I am still a member of the union today and proud of the difference it and other unions have made and continue to make to the lives of ordinary workers. Despite the thinking of some in this place, unions continue to play an important role in our society".
Kandelaars is married to Glenys and has two adult children.
- Parents inspired new Labor Upper House MP Gerry Kandelaars: The Advertiser 15 August 2011
- Parliament Profile: SA Parliament
- Joint sitting welcomes new Labor MP: ABC 13 September 2011
- Kandelaars steps up for Labor: The Advertiser 14 September 2011
- Labor MP Stephanie Key to quit marginal seat at next SA election: ABC 3 February 2017
- State Labor MPs Michael Atkinson, Jennifer Rankine and Steph Key quitting politics at next election: The Advertiser 3 February 2017
- Gerry Kandelaars biography: SA Parliament
- Unions elect AWU’s Justin Hanson as Labor’s new Upper House MP: The Advertiser 16 February 2017