#059: Jeff Kennett AC - Beyond the politics

By Jordan Michaelides
March 27, 2018

Image: Jeff Kennett with his dog Gigi. Credit: Jason Edwards

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Jeff Kennett AC ( @jeff_kennett ) is a former (43rd) Premier of Victoria, current media commentator, President of Hawthorn Football Club, dog lover and the founding Chairman of Beyondblue.

Well known for his outgoing and politically incorrect demeanour, Jeff is one of the most colourful politicians of our time, or as many Liberals would say “the greatest Prime Minister we never had”. He was the Premier that I grew up with in my early years, and having grown up in a Greek Liberal Democrat family, he was almost revered as a god for being a Liberal leader that actually made decisions.

No matter your politics, Jeff has done an immense service for the community at large, and the state of Victoria. There are invaluable lessons that we can glean from his life, and I hope this short conversation provides you with the opportunity to do just that.

Key topics we discussed were:

  • Favourite dog breed

  • Lessons and formative experiences

  • His next 10 years and learning the piano

  • His drive to never stop, and when to move on

  • Working in politics, and his principles

  • The Liberal party, Tasmania, Aus politics

  • Values and legacies

  • Leaders and teams he respects

  • Beyondblue

  • Scotch, and his daily routine

  • Best purchase under $200

Enjoy the episode! 




Show notes

00:47 - Introduction

03:36 - Favourite dog breed

04:32 - Dogs and the book of dog poems

06:24 - Lessons and formative experiences

08:24 - His next 10 years and learning the piano

11:17 - His drive to never stop and when to move on

15:55 - Working in politics and his principles

19:07 - The Liberal party, Tasmania, Aus politics

23:10 - Values and legacies

26:10 - Leaders and teams he respects

28:53 - Beyondblue

30:00 - Scotch, and his daily routine

31:20 - Best purchase under $200

32:01 - What seems obvious to him but not to others

33:34 - What he would do with $100 million

34:39 - Final word


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