Professor David FLINT, AM was educated at Sydney Boys High School, at the Universities of Sydney (LLB, 1961; LLM, 1975) and London (BScEcon, 1978), and at L'Université de Droit, de l'Économie et des Sciences Sociale, Paris (DSU, 1979). After admission as a Solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court in 1962, he practised as a solicitor (1962-72) before moving into University teaching, holding several academic posts before becoming Professor of Law at Sydney University of Technology in 1989. In 1987 he became Chairman of the Australian Press Council, and in 1992 Chairman of the Executive Council of the World Association of Press Councils. Since October, 1997 he has been Chairman of the new Australian Broadcasting Authority. He is the author of numerous publications and in 1991 was honoured as World Outstanding Legal Scholar by the World Jurists Association. In 1995 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.
Dr Geoffrey PARTINGTON was born in Lancashire and was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Middleton and the Universities of Bristol (BA, 1951; MEd, 1972), London (BSc, 1971) and, after his emigration to Australia in 1976, Adelaide (Ph D, 1988). He was a teacher, headmaster and Inspector of Schools in England and has since taught in the school of Education of Flinders University, South Australia. During that time nearly 200 of his essays and articles have been published, many in scholarly journals as disparate as anthropology and moral education. His books include Women Teachers in the Twentieth Century, The Idea of an Historical Education, What do our Children Know?, and most recently, The Australian Nation: Its British and Irish Roots.
2. Conference Contributors
Philip AYRES was educated at Adelaide Boys High School and at the University of Adelaide (BA, 1965; PhD, 1972) and is currently Associate Professor of English Literature at Monash University. In addition to numerous books and scholarly articles on English literary history, he has published first-hand accounts of Khomeini's Iran and of the mujahedeen side of the war in Afghanistan. In 1989 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London), and in 1993 was Visiting Professor at Vassar College in New York State. He is the author of Malcolm Fraser: A Biography (1987) and is currently working on a biography of Sir Owen Dixon.
Professor Greg CRAVEN was educated at St Kevin's College, Toorak and the University of Melbourne (BA, 1980; LLB, 1981; LLM, 1984). He taught at Monash University (1982-1984) and was Director of Research for the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Victorian Parliament (1985-1987). After serving for three years (1992-95) as Crown Counsel to the present Attorney-General for Victoria, he returned to his previous post of Associate Professor and Reader in Law at the University of Melbourne, before being appointed (1996) as Professor of Law at Notre Dame University, Fremantle. He specialises in constitutional law, and has written and edited a number of books in that area, including Secession: The Ultimate States' Right (1986) and Australian Federation: Towards the Second Century (ed.) (1991).
Ray EVANS was educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne (B Eng Sc, 1960; M Eng Sc, 1975). He worked as an engineer with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (1961-68) and then lectured in Engineering, first at the Gordon Institute of Technology and then at Deakin University (1976-82), becoming Deputy Dean of its School of Engineering. In 1982 he joined Western Mining Corporation (now WMC), and has since worked as executive assistant to its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hugh Morgan. In 1971 he was a founding sponsor of the Australian Council for Educational Standards, and foundation editor (1973-75) of its journal. He was one of the founders of The H R Nicholls Society in 1985 and has been its President since 1989.
Dr John FORBES was educated at Waverley College, Sydney and the Universities of Sydney (BA, 1956; LLM, 1971) and Queensland (PhD, 1982). He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1959 and subsequently in Queensland and, after serving as an Associate to Mr. Justice McTiernan of the High Court, practised in Queensland as a barrister-at-law. He is now Reader in Law at the University of Queensland Law School, and has published texts on the History and Structure of the Australian Legal Profession, Evidence, Administrative Law and Mining and Petroleum Law. In recent years he has become one of our foremost experts on the law of native title.
The Rt Hon Sir Harry GIBBS, GCMG, AC, KBE was educated at Ipswich Grammar School and Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland (BA Hons, 1937; LLB, 1939; LLM, 1946) and was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1939. After serving in the AMF (1939-42), and the AIF (1942-45), he became a Queen's Counsel in 1957, and was appointed, successively, a Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court (1962-67), a Judge of the Federal Court of Bankruptcy (1967-70), a Justice of the High Court of Australia (1970-81) and Chief Justice of the High Court (1981-87). In 1987 he became Chairman of the Review into Commonwealth Criminal Law; since 1990, he has been Chairman of the Australian Tax Research Foundation. In 1992 he became, and remains, the founding President of The Samuel Griffith Society.
Hon Gary JOHNS was educated at Flemington High School and Monash University (B Econ, 1972; MA, 1976). After a few years tutoring in academia he was appointed in 1978 as a research officer and organiser for the ALP National Secretariat in Canberra. In 1987 he became the Federal Member for Petrie, in Queensland, and then, successively, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health, Housing, and Community Services (1992-93), Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (1993), Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters (1993-96), and finally, Special Minister for State and Vice-President of the Executive Council (1994-96). Since being defeated in the 1996 federal election he has embarked on a PhD while lecturing in the Department of Government at the University of Queensland; he is also a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne.
Associate Professor Malcolm MACKERRAS was educated at St Aloysius College, Milson's Point and Sydney Grammar School. While employed by BHP (1957-60) he studied at night for his B Ec (1962) at the University of Sydney. After periods as research officer for the federal secretariat of the Liberal Party (1960-67), ministerial assistant (1967) and economist with the Chamber of Manufactures (1968-70), he moved into academia, initially at the Australian National University (1970-73), then at the Royal Military College, Duntroon (1974-86). Since 1987 he has taught in the school of politics at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is the author of numerous books and articles both in professional journals and the daily press.
The Hon Justice Roderick MEAGHER was educated at St Ignatius College (Riverview), Sydney and St John's College, Sydney University (BA, LLB). He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1960, at the same time lecturing in the Faculty of Law at Sydney University. He was subsequently appointed Queen's Counsel and served as President of the New South Wales Bar Association (1979-81) before being appointed, in 1989, a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Judge of the Court of Appeal, in which post he currently serves. He is the author, and editor, of a number of major legal works.
Sir David SMITH, KCVO, AO was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and at Melbourne and the Australian National Universities (BA, 1967). After entering the Commonwealth Public Service in 1954, he became in 1973 Official Secretary to the then Governor-General of Australia (Sir Paul Hasluck). After having served five successive Governors-General in that capacity, he retired in 1990, being personally knighted by The Queen. He is now a visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law, the Australian National University. In February, 1998 he attended the Constitutional Convention in Canberra as an appointed delegate and he is currently a member of the No Case Committee for the 1999 Referendum.
John STONE was educated at Perth Modern School, the University of Western Australia (BSc Hons, 1950) and then, as a Rhodes Scholar, at New College, Oxford (BA Hons, 1954). He joined the Australian Treasury in 1954, and over a Treasury career of 30 years served in a number of posts at home and abroad, including as Australia's Executive Director in both the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, DC (1967-70). In 1979 he became Secretary to the Treasury, resigning from that post - and from the Commonwealth Public Service - in 1984. Since that time he has been, at one time and another, a Professor at Monash University, a newspaper columnist, a company director, a Senator for Queensland and Leader of the National Party in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Finance. In 1996-97 he served as a member of the Defence Efficiency Review into the efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force. He now writes for The Adelaide Review and is a member of the Victorian Committee for the No Republic Campaign.
Michael WARBY was educated at Manly Boys High School, the University of Sydney (BA Hons, 1981; Dip Ed, 1982) and the Australian National University (Dip Ec, 1989). After a period in the Commonwealth Public Service (1982-95), including five years in the Parliamentary Research Service (1990-95), he became Public Affairs Manager for the Tasman Institute in Melbourne (1995-98). Since early 1998 he has been Editor of the Institute of Public Affairs publication IPA Review and Director of the IPA's Media Monitoring Unit. He has published widely on a range of issues.