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John Kerin awarded Honorary Fellowship

John Kerin awarded Honorary Fellowship


Following the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting, on Friday, 15 November, Dr Wendy Craik, the Foundation Board Chair awarded the Honourable John Kerin AM, an Honorary Fellowship for his contribution to rural Australia.

John Kerin worked at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics  (ABARE, now ABARES) before being elected to parliament in 1972.
Since leaving parliament, John has held senior positions with the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation, among other organisations. In 2010 he was appointed Chair of the Crawford Fund, which aims to increase Australia’s engagement in international agricultural research, development.

Upon accepting his award, John, 76, had prepared a speech offering his views on leadership in politics and the Public Service and in farm organisations. We are pleased to share this with you, and welcome you to read the document attached, and enjoy the wisdom of a genuine rural leader!

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