Kanis in 2012
|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
21 July 2012 – 29 November 2014
|Preceded by||Bronwyn Pike|
|Succeeded by||Ellen Sandell|
16 April 1970 |
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne
La Trobe University
Kanis was born in Melbourne to migrant parents—a Greek father and Italian mother. She studied an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, and also gained postgraduate qualifications in education. She worked as an English and literature teacher, and then enrolled to study industrial law at La Trobe University. After graduation, she took a job with Holding Redlich—the law firm founded by former Victorian Labor leader Clyde Holding—and became a senior associate of the firm. In 2008, she was elected as a member of the Melbourne City Council.
In 2012, Kanis was preselected as the Labor candidate for the Melbourne by-election triggered by the resignation of Bronwyn Pike. Kanis retained the seat for Labor on a 51.5 per cent (–4.7) two-candidate vote against Australian Greens candidate and fellow Melbourne City councillor Cathy Oke. At the 2014 election Greens candidate Ellen Sandell defeated Kanis with a 52.4 per cent two-candidate vote.
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Melbourne