Jill Hennessy (politician)

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The Honourable
Jill Hennessy
Minister for Health
Assumed office
4 December 2014
Leader Daniel Andrews
Preceded by David Davis
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Altona
Assumed office
13 February 2010
Preceded by Lynne Kosky
Personal details
Born (1972-03-17) 17 March 1972 (age 45)
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater Monash University
University of Melbourne
Profession Lawyer
Website jillhennessy.com.au

Jill Hennessy (born 17 March 1972) is an Australian politician. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since February 2010, representing the seat of Altona. She has been Minister for Health in the Andrews Ministry since December 2014.[1]

A former candidate for preselection for the federal seats of Holt and Isaacs, Hennessy is a former State President of the Victorian Labor Party.[2] When state minister and Altona MLA Lynne Kosky resigned early in 2010, Hennessy won endorsement for Labor preselection. She was elected to the seat in the by-election, but Labor suffered a large swing to the Liberal Party.

Hennessy was educated at Avila College, Mount Waverley, and then Monash University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. She also holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne. Prior to entering the Legislative Assembly of Victoria, Hennessy practiced as a solicitor specialising in personal injury and employment law, and was a senior advisor to former Victorian premier Steve Bracks.[2]

In 2016, she was awarded the Thornett Award for Promotion of Reason by the Australian Skeptics for "courageously facing down those who misrepresent and mislead the public in their promotion of dodgy medical claims and practices".[3]


  1. ^ "Daniel Andrews sworn in as Victorian Premier, unveils ministerial portfolios". ABC News. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "2010 Altona By-election". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  3. ^ Richard Saunders (27 November 2016). "Skeptic Zone episode 423". skepticzone.libsyn.com (Podcast). 38-44 minutes in. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 

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Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
Lynne Kosky
Member for Altona
Political offices
Preceded by
David Davis
Minister for Health
Ministry created Minister for Ambulance Services