Rod Kemp

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The Honourable
Rod Kemp
Senator for Victoria
In office
1 July 1990 – 30 June 2008
Personal details
Born (1944-12-21) 21 December 1944 (age 70)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Charles Roderick "Rod" Kemp (born 21 December 1944) is an Australian politician. He was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate from 1990 to 2008, representing the state of Victoria.

Kemp was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was educated at Melbourne University, where he graduated in commerce. He is the brother of Dr David Kemp, who was a Liberal MP 1990–2004.

Kemp was Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, a conservative policy body founded by his father, Charles Kemp, before entering politics.[1] He was Senior Private Secretary to the Minister for Social Security and Minister for Finance, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, from 1977 to 1982, and Principal Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Peacock, in 1989.[citation needed]

Kemp was elected as a Liberal Senator at the 1990 election and took his seat in July 1990. He was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1992–96. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security 1996 and Assistant Treasurer 1996–2001. He was Minister for the Arts and Sport from November 2001 to January 2007.[2]

His brother David was a fellow minister.

On May 12, he announced he would not contest the November 2007 election, and duly left parliament at the expiration of his term in June 2008.


Rod Kemp and Marion Stanton (eds), Speaking for Australia: Parliamentary speeches that shaped our nation, Allen & Unwin, 2004.


  1. ^ Senator Rod Kemp, Senate debates, 14 September 1990 (first speech).
  2. ^ Senator Rod Kemp, Official biography, retrieved September 2007
Political offices
Preceded by
Jackie Kelly
Minister for the Arts and Sport
Succeeded by
George Brandis