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Feb 15, 2018

Mayne: Kennett should also say ‘time’s up’, and retire on his 70th birthday

The former Victorian premier is failing on many metrics but his views on gender prove the times have outgrown the man, writes Stephen Mayne.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Jeff Kennett

Crikey turned 18 yesterday. And on March 2, Jeff Kennett, the man who inspired Crikey’s launch, will turn 70.

As a mark of respect to our history via the whistleblower website Jeffed during the 1999 Victorian election, it is sadly once again our solemn duty to call on Jeff Kennett to resign -- from all public positions.

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20 thoughts on “Mayne: Kennett should also say ‘time’s up’, and retire on his 70th birthday

  1. Justin

    Excellent work Stephen. This gathering together of the public record is rare but important work in an era where too often the serious failings and gaffs of public figures blow over quickly, swamped by the news cycle. Forgetting is a terrible impediment to good judgement and critique. We need more of this.

  2. Evil Garry

    Stephen – While I’m hardly a fan of the walking Easter Island Statue, I don’t think you can really blame Jeff for “a destruction of shareholder value” at Seven West. It’s largely an old school media company specialising in a daily newspaper and a legacy FTA TV network, two businesses going down the gurgler worldwide.

  3. Judy Hardy-Holden

    I have always wondered why an organisation like BeyondBlue would even consider engaging Jeff Kennett. My ‘appreciation’ of BeyondBlue is totally coloured by having Jeff Kennett at the helm and I don’t know how long it will be before I can consider this organisation and the potentially essential work it could do, in a favourable light.

    1. Karen Hutchinson

      Judy,
      Perhaps the redemptive benefits of Julia Gillard now being at the helm might encourage renewed faith. I know it has mine.

  4. Bob the builder

    This story itself doesn’t hold a lot of interest for me, but this type of reporting is what we need more of again in Crikey.
    Less fluff from the inner-Melbourne Commentariat please, and more bread and butter news, with a good dose of cheek thrown in!

  5. Bob the builder

    This story itself doesn’t hold a lot of interest for me, but this type of reporting is what we need more of again in Crikey.
    Less fluff from the inner-Melbourne Commentariat please, and more bread and butter news, with a good dose of cheek thrown in!

  6. DF

    So Kennett was with Beyond Blue which, among other problems, deals with gambling-related depression, while at the same time working with a pokies company.
    In the simian world, you would say this is eating the banana from both ends.

  7. Dan

    Beyond Blue rakes in millions and offers nothing on top of existing mental health services. They employ no doctors or therapists, none. They just run “education” programs for bosses and workers. Do they work? Nobody knows.

    1. geofreason

      Dont remember much sympathy for the mentally ill when he was premier, turning them out on the street from halfway houses and the Victorian police shooting them

  8. old greybearded one

    In 1996 I was in Perth at the National Junior Archery Championships, with my daughter who was competing. I was sitting with some parents from the Victorian squad, talking about the ever present ticks in Whiteman Park, and out state pests in general eg funnel webs, dugites, tiger snakes and the like. I asked, “so what can you expect to crawl out from under a rock in Melbourne?” Twp parents simultaneously said “You mean besides Jeff Kennet?” Hmm. An over paid over rated blowhard. Thank you Stephen. His use by date was about June 1995.

  9. klewso

    It’s always all about Jeff.
    How many Premiers did more to instil angst, anxiety and misgiving, picking on those least able to defend themselves in society, than this arrogant, self-centred, pompous twat?

    1. Peter Wileman

      How many politicians fall out of the category of “arrogant, self-centred, pompous twat”?

  10. Draco Houston

    Why in the heck does the insider mail still link me here if I click comment on blue articles? Why does this keep happening? Do I have to write in to the tips and tell you there are rumours that a certain news site can’t work out hyperlinks?

    1. AR

      I stopped clicking Blue articles coz they went into the wild, blue(sic!) yonder, weeks ago.

    2. Dog's Breakfast

      Beats me Draco, I think this is the third time I have been misdirected to this article. Somebody wants me to read it, clearly.

      Chris Lilley on netflix, that’s one I won’t be watching.

      1. AR

        Right, that’s IT!
        I will no longer click on blue articles.
        And I love Mayne!

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