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Kristina Keneally


The Hon Kristina Keneally MP is the Member for Heffron in the New South Wales Parliament. Kristina served as the 42nd Premier of New South Wales and the first woman Premier in the state from 2009 to 2011. She holds a BA in Political Science (Hons) and a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton.

Keneally is the chairman of the board of Basketball Australia, the governing and controlling body for the sport of basketball in Australia. She is also an ambassador for Opportunity International Australia, which provides microfinance services to the very poor in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

A mother of three children: Daniel (aged 14), Brendan (aged 11), and Caroline, who was stillborn, she serves as patron of The Stillbirth Foundation, promoting awareness, understanding, support and research into stillbirth.

She regularly writes for national publications on political and social issues, and appears as a frequent commentator on Sky News and the ABC.

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