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Manuscript Name Papers of David Kemp
Manuscript Number JHL 004
Last Updated May 2020
Extent 28 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Diaries, media releases, speech transcripts, reports, files.

Collection Subject Type 


Scope and Content 

This collection relates to the political career of The Honourable Dr David Kemp, AC. It includes correspondence, diaries, files, media releases, transcripts of speeches and other material relating to his time in office. The bulk of the collection relates to his time in education portfolios.  

Date Range of Content 


Biographical Note

David Alistair Kemp was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to October 2004, representing the Division of Goldstein, Victoria.  Kemp was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was educated at the University of Melbourne and Yale University, where he gained a doctoral degree in politics.  Kemp was Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Melbourne 1975–79 and Professor of Politics at Monash University, Melbourne 1979–90. He is the author of Society and Electoral Behaviour in Australia: a Study of Three Decades (1978), Malcolm Fraser on Australia (with D. M. White) (1986), Current Priorities for Liberalism (1986) and Foundations for Australian Political Analysis: Politics and Authority (1988). 

Kemp was Senior Adviser to Malcolm Fraser and Director of the Prime Minister's Office 1981. In 1990 Kemp won endorsement for the safe Melbourne seat of Goldstein. Kemp was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1990–96. He was Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance for Privatisation 1996–97. He was promoted to Cabinet as Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs 1997–98 and Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs 1998–2001. He was Minister for Environment and Heritage from November 2001 to July 2004. He was Vice-President of the Executive Council from October 1998 to July 2004. David Kemp retired at the 2004 election. In 2007, he was elected President of the Victorian Branch of the Liberal Party. He retired in 2011. 


Parliament of Australia ‘Hon Dr David Kemp MP’ retrieved 20 February 2020 
Melbourne University Press ‘David Kemp’ retrieved 20 February 2020 

Administrative Information 

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: The permission of The Howard Library Director is required to access this collection.  

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved.  

Preferred Citation

Papers of David Kemp, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, JHL 004, Box [Number], Folder [Number]. 


The collection was donated by David Kemp in 2017.  

Additional Information

Related Material

Further papers of David Kemp are held by the National Archives of Australia. Series M4476 – M 4480. 


Subject Keywords 


Howard government, political history,LiberalPartyof Australia, Division of Goldstein 

Personal Names 

David Kemp, 1941-  

Corporate Names 

Liberal Party of Australia 

Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division)  




Container List 


Box 1 

Media releases and speeches 2001 

Media releases 2000 

Media releases and speeches 1999 

Election 1990 Coalition Policies  


Box 2

Federal Court of Australia Spence vs Commonwealth  

Election review legal disputes 2013, 2014 

Media releases January 2002 to October 2002 

Media releases June 2002 to September 2002 

Media releases January 2003 to June 2003 


Box 3

Media releases June 2003 to December 2003 

Diary 2000 

Diary 2001 

Media releases, select speeches and newspaper articles September 1991 to April 1992 

Media releases, select speeches and newspaper articles March to September 1991 

Media releases and speeches November 1990 to March 1991 

Media releases and speeches April to July 1990 

Canberra Times column February 1991 to April 1992   

Transcripts of TV and radio interviews and Hansard 

Media releases and speeches 1996 


Box 4

Media releases and speeches 1997 

Media releases and speeches 1998 

Higher education releases 2001  

Transcripts of speeches February 2002 to December 2002 

Transcripts of speeches January 2003 to July 2003 

Transcripts of speeches August 2003 to December 2003 

Transcripts of speeches February 2004 to July 2004 

Media releases January 2001 to November 2001 

Media releases December 2001 to June 2002 


Box 5

Media releases October 2002 to December 2002 

Media releases December 2001 to April 2003 

Media releases January 2004 to May 2004 

Media releases June 2004 to July 2004 

Diary October 1994 to December 1995 

Diary January 1993 to October 1994 

Diary 1996 

Diary 1997 

Diary 1998 


Box 6

Diary 1999 

Diary 2002 January to June 

Diary 2002 June to December 

Diary 2003 January to June 

Diary 2003 June to December 

Diary 2004 

Media releases and speeches July to November 1990 

Speeches May 1994 to May 1995 

The Things that Matter  


Box 7

New Right report 

Senior Executive Service (SES) support letters, press releases  

Completed engagements December 2001 

Question time top issues 


Box 8

Speeches and articles 1997 to 2000 

Speeches and articles 1996 

Sir Robert Menzies Lecture Trust 

Personal details 

HR Nicholls Society 

Gulf Conflict 

Prime Minister transcripts 


Box 9

Expenditure review 1993 

Expenditure review 1994 

Shadow Ministry February 1994 

Policy Review Committee 


Peter Karmel 

Australian Youth Foundation 

Young Leaders’ Foundation 

Federal Secretary Liberal Party 1993  

Shadow Cabinet/Ministry proceedings 

Liberal Party/secretariat  


Box 10

Higher education 

Australian Youth Forum, Australian Youth Parliament for the Environment (AYPE), Commonwealth Youth Forum, Foundation for Young Australians, Australian Youth Initiative, Youth Activities Services, Youth Pathways Action Plan Taskforce, Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values, Youth Roundtable 

Work for the Dole 

Training; ACC’s, Australian National Training Authority (ANTA), Bites (Basic IT Training), Frontline managers – training, National Employment Services Association, Web launch – apprenticeships & traineeships, training management groups,  

Federal Election 1998 

Election – general1998 

Policies for a Coalition Government (1) 

Policies for a Coalition Government (2) 


Box 11

Goldstein 200 Club 

Goldstein profile data Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) census data Australian Electoral Commission 

Goldstein election campaign management1998 

Goldstein electorate profile 1993 


Box 12 

‘After 13 years how Labor has failed Australia’ 

Loose papers and reports:Working nation policies and programs 

‘The role of government: a modern liberal approach’ by John Howard, Leader of the Opposition, the Menzies Research Centre 1995 national lecture series  

‘The Future of the Liberal Party’ speech notes for an address to the Liberal Speakers’ Group, Brisbane 10 February 1981 by Don Markwell 

The United States Budget in brief fiscal year 1984 

Report of the Committee of Review 30 September 1983 

Submissions for report 

Draft chapters for report 

Telegram from Tony Eggleton to David Kemp on media speculation 

Liberal Party current political notes Labor’s high risk, Boomerang Budget, 25 August 1983, 

Committee of Review (Sydney) 2 September 1983 

Committee of Review (Canberra) September 1983 

Committee of Review (Canberra) 15/16 September 1983 

Committee of Review press coverage October 1983 


Box 13

Transition to Government prepared by the Transition to Government Group 11 March 1993 

Minutes of meeting held 24 February 1993 with DEET people 

Handwritten faxed list of names with comments 

Speeches/articles – 1978 – 1989 

Speeches/articles 1995 

Speeches/articles 1994 

Speeches/articles 1990 – 1993 

Speeches 1991 

Speeches 1992 

Speeches 1990 

Transition to Government 2 

Speeches 1993 

Speeches 1994 

Transition to Government seminar 24 January 1990 

Transition to Government 1 

Maiden speeches 1990 


Box 14

Coalition election policies 1990 

Election 1990 coalition policies The Answer is Liberal 

Federal election 1990 policy statement The Answer is Liberal 

Election 1990 data 


Election 1990 

Goldstein (pinks) 


Box 15

Election 1990 Goldstein results 

Campaigns of other parties 

Electorate profile Goldstein 



Goldstein electorate committee branch notices 

Goldstein electorate/campaign ballot paper 1990 

Literacy: Language Australia 2003 catalogue 

Outcomes and funding in the commonwealth literacy and numeracy programme John Ainley Australian council for educational research July 1999 

Literacy correspondence 

Mutual obligation – literacy and numeracy 

Jobs pathway program 

Job placement, employment & training (JPET) program 

Job network 

Jobs for school leavers 

National employment committee 

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program 

'RAP' program 

Schools to Industry program 

PhD thesis Social Structure and Electorate Behavior in Australia 1946-1972, Kemp, D.A., 1975 


Box 16

Constitutional convention 

Peoples convention 



Booklet 1996-1997 constitutional convention (election) bill 1997  

Booklet 1997 House of Representatives constitutional convention (election) bill 1997  

Your Future in Your Hands Total Tax Reform by John McRobert 


Australians for constitutional monarchy 


The third paragraph of section 53 of the constitution – exposure draft March 1995 


Box 17

The Hon Richard McGarvie AC 

Letter from Yogi B Marriott to David Kemp re: the Corowa people’s conference & states 

Book department of the Parliamentary Library the constitution papers 

Constitutional convention 1998 the delegates 

Memorandum from Senator Nick Minchin re convention 

Constitutional centenary foundation Inc 

Loose papers: letter from Sally Kent Australian Republic Unplugged to David Kemp – opening of parliament debate 
Report the South Australian Constitutional Advisory Council South Australia and proposals for an Australian Republic September 1996 

Alfred Deakin Lecture Trust 

Australian Political Studies Association membership 

Australian Institute of International Affairs membership 

Australian Institute Political Science 

Personal correspondence 1997/1998/1999 

Christmas event

Personal correspondence 2000/2001 

Cabinet Handbook 


Box 18

Australian War Memorial Foundation 

Brighton Historical Society 

Society of Modest Members 

Sydney Olympics 

Institute of Public Affairs 

Interparliamentary Council against Anti-Semitism 

November 5 Club 


Notes and loose papers 

Tax Reform not a new tax – a new tax system  

Fact Sheets 

Tax Bulletins 


Box 19

Make it your business to find out about The New Tax System 

Tax Reform not a new tax a new tax system Overview 

'The new tax system working for small business 

Letter signed by Peter Costello 7 December 2000 The New Tax System – Summary 2000 

Tax Reform Treasurer’s Presentation 12 August 1998 

Tax Attack 1 & 2 video 

The New Tax System “How To” Series video 

Australian Business Number The key to your Business video 

Pay As You Go What you need to know video 

Business Activity Statement Your One Report video 

Good Record Keeping It makes good sense video 

Letter to Dr David Kemp MP from Resolution Holdings  

ATO Electronic Commerce Interface CD 

How to keep your business records Version 1.4 CD 

Understanding the new tax system CD 

The GST and Business Skills an Action Guide CD 

Report on Youth Allowance and associated payments for young people 2nd Edition March 2000 

Copy of Review of Business Taxation A Platform for Consultation Discussion Paper 2 Volume I Building on a strong foundation Overview The taxation of investments 

'Be Ready for Business on 1 July – Unlock the benefits be prepared on July 1’ 

Letter to Coalition members and senators dated 15 Mach 2000, from Tax Reform Legislation Unit, Phil Gaetjens Chief Adviser  

Taxation reform briefing material by Peter Costello

GST Handbook Voluntary Sector 

Instalment activity statement instructions for individual taxpayers, including trustees, with investment income 

Instalment activity statement instructions for businesses not registered or required to register for GST and people (not in business) who have employees  

Taxation Statistics 1997-98 a summary of taxation, superannuation and child support statistics  

Club pack: a taxation guide for clubs, societies and associations June 2000 

Gift pack: a taxation guide for deductible gift recipients and donors May 2000 

Copy of ‘the GST business skills an action guide for small and medium enterprises charitable organisations and educational bodies 

Business activity statement instructions thenew tax system make it your business  

The GST and business skills key checklists for small and medium enterprises, charitable organisations and education bodies 

A guide to managing change in business including the new tax system  

Re-pricing andthe new tax system a summary guide for small and medium sized enterprises 

The Australian taxation system inneed of reform  

GST food guide thenew tax system 

Election flyers 

The 1986 Alfred Deakin Lecture by John Howard: The new challenge of Liberalism: hope through freedom, choice and incentive 


Box 20

1996 Coalition Election Policies Volume I 

1996 Coalition Election Policies Volume II 

1996 Coalition Election Policies Volume III 

Public Service Bill 1997 (Re-introduction House of Representatives March 1998) 

Detailed Briefings Clause by Clause 


Box 21

Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Bill 1997(Re-Introduction House of Representatives March 1998)  

Detailed Briefings Clause by Clause 

Public Service Bill 1999 and associated correspondence 

Service & Merit Protection Commission 

Education – general  

Education strategy 

Employment Education and Training (EET) task force – education committee 

Policy strategies for science and technology  

Coalition strategy  

Press releases speeches 1992  

Australia 2000 

Budget 1990-1991 (Hansard) 

Education – Australian studies  

Liberal education ministers/shadow ministers meeting 1 March 1991 


Box 22

Meeting of Liberal education spokesmen 20 JULY 1990 

Credit transfers in higher education 

Advisory committee on policy – Liberal Party  


Policy framework assistance for unemployed people and ‘The Unemployment Revolution to Save Australia and pathways to real jobs the federal coalition’s employment and training policy and letter dated January 1996 from David Kemp to John Howard on discussion with Peter Costello on full employment commitment    

Federation of Ethnic CommunitiesCouncils of Australia in policies access and equity for all Australians 1994 and Fightback a coalition strategy for growth and jobs July 1992  

Strategy 2003 environment and heritage  

Strategy meetings environment 2000  

Family statement docs 1994  

Family policy docs 1994-1995  


Box 23

Election 2001 policies by portfolio  

Public Service Act/Bill 1999 

Public Service Bill with colour coded amendments attachment 1 with handwritten notes  

Assessment of senate amendments attachment 2  

Australian Public Service (APS) Senior Executive Service (SES) remuneration survey department of employment workplace relations and small business revised version April 2001 report by Mercer Cullen Egan Dell  

Flexibilities available in agreement: making issued by Peter Reith Discussion Paper May 1998 

Public service bill papers 1999 


Box 24

Public service bill papers 1999 

May 1994 Alexander Downer and John Hewson press clippings  

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue – Creation 1992 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1993 (1) 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1993 (2) 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1994 (1) 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1994 (2) 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue group forum 1995 (1) 

Australian-American Leadership foundation1995 (2) 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue forum 1996 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1997 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1998 


Box 25

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1999 (1) 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 1999 (2) 

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue 2003 

Fightback! Taxation and expenditure reform for jobs and growth the Liberal and National parties’ plan to rebuild and reward Australian 21 November 1991 

Fightback! Supplementary papers the way to rebuild and reward Australia 

Election 1993 education  

Campaign strategy 1993 

Ethnic groups/organisations 

Fightback! Campaigning 

Fightback information offices: organisation 

Campaigning (constituent advice)  

Media – other members and senators 

Fightback – logo  

Set of overheads for policy presentation 


Mailout – Chris Strang’s Office – April 1995  

Responses to 1993 election campaign mailout  

GST other countries 

Fightback tariffs  


Box 26

Fightback Questions and Answers 

Jobsback! The federal coalition’s industrial relations policy October 1992 and a strong Australia rebuilding Australia’s defence October 1992  

Fightback ‘Education’  

Education – coalition strategy for tertiary places  

Student information 

Education – sales tax 

Education – handout material 

Fightback superannuation 

Maps – 2001 federal election results map  

Fightback policies – defence, crime, disabilities, environment, families, health, housing, immigration, industry and commerce, the automotive industry, goods and services and small business, arts  

Fightback Australia! GST 

Fightback education speakers notes questions and answers  


Box 27

1996 budget kit  

1998-99 budget information kit  

1998-99 budget information kit  

1999 federal budget  


Box 28

August 1996 employment education training and youth affairs  

Training for real jobs - The modern Australian apprenticeship and traineeship system 

Australia’s young people – shaping the future  

Youth allowance – a community discussion paper  

Reforming employment assistance – helping Australians into real jobs  

Investing in our natural heritage August 1996  

More choice for women August 1996 

Budget 1996-1997