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Ged Kearney

Gerardine “Ged” Kearney is an Australian trade unionist. Since 2010 she has been the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the peak trade union organisation in that country.

Gerardine Kearney was born the second-youngest of nine children in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, her father being a publican. She qualified as a registered nurse in 1985 and participated in the nurses’ strike in 1986. She also gained a Bachelor of Education. She worked as a nurse and nurse educator, including a period managing clinical nurse education at Austin Health.

She was elected an official of the Australian Nursing Federation in 1997. She served as Assistant Federal Secretary, Federal President and Victorian Branch President, before being appointed Federal Secretary of the Federation in April 2008.

Following the departure of Sharan Burrow, Kearney was elected President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 1 July 2010.

On 31 May 2013 she indicated she was considering nominating for Australian Labor Party preselection for the seat of Batman in the Australian House of Representatives, to contest the 2013 federal election (at that time scheduled for 14 September). The seat was to become vacant following the retirement of Martin Ferguson prior to the election. On 1 June she said she had decided not to seek preselection


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Honesty Is The Best Policy Except In Politics
Ged and Dave instruct Bill on how to increase the pressure on Malcolm through a much more flexible...
All the Fun of the Unfair
Ged and Dave instruct Bill on how to interpret the Reserve Bank Governor’s advice that government...
Opposing Forces
Bill, Ged and Dave discuss whether their all-out opposition to Malcolm should be adjusted in the...
Putting Union People First
Ged and Dave brief Bill on how he should recalibrate his policies to bring them more into line with...
Loss Leader
Bill gets a reality check when he calls at the ACTU on his election victory tour because he leaves...
Voted a Miss
The curtain falls and may have taken Malcolm with it....