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#059: Jeff Kennett AC – Beyond the politics

By Jordan Michaelides
Jeff Kennett with his dog Gigi. Credit: Jason Edwards

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

Listen to the episode

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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