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Eric Kent
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The Hon Daniel Eric Kent OAM in April 2011
Minister for Agriculture
In office
8 April 1982 – 14 March 1985
Preceded by Tom Austin
Succeeded by Evan Walker
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
In office
30 May 1970 – 19 March 1976
Preceded by Arthur Hewson
Succeeded by James Allister Taylor
Constituency Gippsland Province
In office
5 May 1979 – 14 July 1985
Succeeded by Maureen Lyster
Constituency Chelsea Province
Personal details
Daniel Eric Kent

(1919-06-30)30 June 1919
Areegra, Victoria, Australia
Died 26 April 2019(2019-04-26) (aged 99)
Political party Labor
Bette Wallis
(m. 1949)
Children Three
Occupation Farmer and grazier

Daniel Eric Kent OAM (30 June 1919 – 26 April 2019) was an Australian politician, elected as a member of the Victorian Legislative Council in 1970.

Early life

Kent was born at Areegra near Warracknabeal to Daniel Kent, a wheat and wool grower, and Sophie Elizabeth, née Menzel. He attended Areegra State School and farmed on the family property until 1949, after which he farmed at Yannathan, first dairy and then beef from 1973. On 18 April 1949 he married Bette Myra Wallis, a journalist, with whom he had three children.


Kent was active in various graziers' associations, including the Victorian Wheat and Woolgrowers Association, the Victorian Dairy Farmers' Association, the Australian Primary Producers' Union and the Victorian Farmers' and Graziers' Association.

He was a member of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland Synod, serving on the Social Responsibilities Committee for 30 years. He was co-author of the history of St John's Anglican Church, Lang Lang, Victoria.

A life member of the Labor Party, he spent ten years as president of the McMillan federal electorate assembly, contesting the seat himself in 1963 and 1966. In 1970 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for Gippsland Province. He was defeated in 1976, but returned to the Council in 1979 for Chelsea Province, serving as Minister of Agriculture from 1982 to 1985. He held the seat until 1985, when he retired.


Kent was a recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and in 2008 was awarded the Order of Australia for "service to the community of the Gippsland district through a range of church, historical and sporting groups, and to the Parliament of Victoria."

In 2015 the then Bishop of Gippsland, Kay Goldsworthy, presented him with a certificate marking over 44 years as a member of the Diocesan Synod.

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