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Former Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally

Former Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally

Former Senator

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Heffron, 2003. Resigned 29.6.2012.
  • Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales 14.2.2018 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice S Dastyari (resigned). Resigned 13.4.2022.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Publications from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019.
  • Senate Select: Stillbirth Research and Education from 28.3.2018 to 4.12.2018; COVID-19 from 8.4.2020 to 21.10.2021.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: References from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019; Economics: References from 15.2.2018 to 21.3.2018; Environment and Communications: References from 15.2.2018 to 1.7.2019.
  • Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; Intelligence and Security from 2.7.2019 to 13.4.2022.
  • Joint Standing: Migration from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; Treaties from 15.2.2018 to 11.4.2019; National Capital and External Territories from 22.7.2019 to 13.4.2022.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 30.5.2019 to 13.4.2022.
  • Shadow Minister for Home Affairs from 2.6.2019 to 13.4.2022.
  • Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 2.6.2019 to 13.4.2022.
  • Shadow Minister for Government Accountability from 28.1.2021 to 13.4.2022.
Party positions
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party from 2000.
Other positions
  • Patron of the Stillbirth Foundation Australia from 2010 to 2018.
  • Chair of Basketball Australia from 2011 to 2012.
  • Member of Souths Cares Board from 2011 to 2016.
  • CEO of Basketball Australia from 2012 to 2014.
  • Ambassador of Opportunity International Australia from 2012 to 2018.
  • Ambassador of the John Berne School from 2014 to 2018.
  • Member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition from 2015 to 2017.
  • Chair of the Souths Cares Board from 2016 to 2018.
  • Non-Executive Director of the US Studies Centre (University of Sydney) from 2016 to 2018.
  • Member of the McKell Institute Board from 2017 to 2018.
Personal
  • Born 19.12.1968, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA(Hons) (University of Dayton).
  • MA (University of Dayton).
  • Primary School Teacher at the Immaculate Conception School, Cuba, New Mexico, USA from 1991 to 1992.
  • Graduate Assistant in the Department of Religious Studies, Unviersity of Dayton, Ohio, USA from 1992 to 1994.
  • Youth & Young Adults Co-ordinator for the Society of St Vincent De Paul (NSW) from 1995 to 1996.
  • Research Assistant at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA from 1997 to 1999.
  • Presenter for Sky News Australia from 2014 to 2017.
  • Director of Gender Inclusion & Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management from 2015 to 2017.
State/Territory Government service
  • Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Heffron, 2003. Resigned 29.6.2012.
  • Minister for Disability Services 2.4.2007 to 5.9.2008.
  • Minister for Ageing from 2.4.2007 to 5.9.2008.
  • Minister for Planning from 8.9.2008 to 4.12.2009.
  • Minister for Redfern Waterloo from 8.9.2008 to 4.12.2009.
  • Minister for Infrastructure from 17.11.2009 to 4.12.2009.
  • Premier from 4.12.2009 to 28.3.2011.
  • Minister for Redfern Waterloo from 8.12.2009 to 28.3.2011.
Publications
  • Folding the Jesus-Sophia metaphor: a basis for a non-androcentric Christology within a Christian feminist interpretive community. Thesis - MA in Religious Studies, University of Dayton 1995.
  • 'God's first instrument of liberation': Bible Today St Benedict Minnesota 1995.

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