Personal Interests

Hawthorn Football Club

James is a passionate member of the Hawthorn Football club. He is a proud Patron of the club and hopes his children will follow the Hawks and not Meagan’s Saints!

Local Sport

Growing up and through his role as an MP and previously as Sports Minister, James is passionate about community sport. He supports and keeps a close eye on the fortunes of local clubs such as Montrose FC, Upwey/Tecoma FNC, Olinda/Ferny Creek FNC, Monbulk FNC; Monbulk Ranges Soccer Club; and Kilsyth and Knox Basketball Associations (did you know the eastern and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne has the greatest concentration of basketballers in the country?).

Music

U2 is the greatest band in the world. Ever.

Movies

James loves movies – a great escape. Favourites include Lord of the Rings, Amelie, The Matrix, Emma (the one with Gwyneth Paltrow), Pride and Prejudice (BBC version of course) and Charade – a classic staring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The best movie of 2011 so far? True Grit.

Gardening

There is nothing like pottering around the garden to forget all your worries and concerns. It is a great physical exercise as well.

Dogs

James and family currently live with and love one large boofhead of a Labrador/Retriever, Mr Darcy.