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Kennedy Graham
A New Zealand politician and MP for the Green Party.


Kennedy Graham Biography



Kennedy Gollan Montrose Graham (born 1946) is a New Zealand politician and MP for the Green Party. He has served in the New Zealand Foreign Service for sixteen years, and lectured at the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington. He is the brother of Doug Graham, a former National Party MP.


Political career

As a New Zealand diplomat, Graham was involved in the negotiation of the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone. He worked as Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action. He has worked at the United Nations, first as a director at the United Nations University from 1999 to 2004, and later as Senior Consultant in the Department of Political Affairs, from 2005 to 2006. In 2007 he became Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury School of Law, and was a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. Graham was also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Belgium.


He became an MP in the 2008 election after counting of the special votes, which gave the Green Party an additional list seat. In July 2009 Graham's International Non-Aggression and Lawful Use of Force Bill was drawn from the member's ballot. The bill would have outlawed the crime of aggression in New Zealand domestic law and required the government to table a legal opinion in Parliament before committing any forces to overseas military operations. The bill was voted down at its first reading, 64 to 58.


As of May 2013, Graham is responsible for the Disarmament, Global Affairs, Climate Change, Trade & Foreign Investment, Constitutional Issues, and Defence portfolios in the Green Party. He is also the Deputy-Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and a Member of the Privileges Committee.




updated: 2013-09-09

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