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 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. During the 1999 Referendum campaign on the Republic issue, he played a prominent part in the "No" Case Committee, and he remains today the National Convenor of the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.
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, and 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.
Dr Bob BIRRELL was educated at Melbourne High School and at the Universities of Melbourne (BA(Econ), 1958); London (BA Hons (History), 1963); and Princeton (PhD (Sociology), 1970). He has held academic appointments at Indiana University (1967-1969) and the Australian National University (1986), but chiefly at Monash University (1970-85 and 1987 to date), where he has been a Reader in the Department of Sociology since 1991 and Director, since 1992, of the Centre for Population and Urban Research. He has held numerous government appointments and consultancies relating to immigration and population research, and published prolifically both in books and professional journals. He may be most widely known for his editorship, since 1993, of People and Place, and for his most recent book, Federation: The Secret Story.
Professor Bob CATLEY was educated at The Cooper's Company School, London, the London School of Economics (BScEcon, 1964), and the Australian National University (PhD, 1968). After a period teaching International Politics at Adelaide University (1968-1990), he became, in 1990, the Labor Member for Adelaide in the House of Representatives. After his defeat in 1993, he returned to academic life, first at the University of South Australia and then at Adelaide University (1994-98), before being appointed to the Chair of Political Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has recently been appointed to the new Chair of Governance in the School of Business at the University of the Northern Territory, Darwin. Among numerous other publications is his recently published book, Waltzing with Matilda: Should New Zealand Join Australia?
Harry EVANS was educated at Lithgow High School and the University of Sydney (BA Hons, 1967). After a brief period in the Parliamentary Library, he has served on the staff of the Senate since 1968. This has included serving as Secretary to a number of major Senate Committees, such as the Regulations and Ordinances Committee and the Select Committees on the Conduct of a Judge and Allegations Concerning a Judge. After periods as Clerk Assistant (1983-87) and Deputy Clerk (1987-88), he has been Clerk of the Senate since 1988. He is the author of numerous articles on parliamentary and constitutional matters, as well as editing the 7th edition of Odgers' Australian Senate Practice.
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 perhaps Australia's foremost expert on the law of native title.
The Hon Dr Frank MCGRATH, AM, OBE was educated at Canterbury Boys High School, Sydney and the University of Sydney (BA, 1944; MA, 1946; LLB, 1950). After practising as a solicitor (1950-51) and barrister at the Sydney Bar (1951-66), he was appointed to the NSW Workers' Compensation Commission in 1966, becoming its Chairman in 1982 prior to his appointment as Chief Judge of the Compensation Court of NSW (1984-93). Among many other interests he has served on the Arts Council of NSW (President 1975-84) and as Chairman of the Australian Playwrights' Theatre Company (1977-86). In 2001 he was awarded his PhD by the University of Sydney for his thesis on the Convention Debates.
Des MOORE was educated at Geelong Grammar School, the University of Melbourne (LLB, 1954) and the London School of Economics (BSc (Econ), 1958). He joined the Commonwealth Treasury in 1958, serving in various positions covering most of the main policy areas before becoming a Deputy Secretary in 1981. After his resignation from the Treasury in 1987 he became a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne, in charge of its Economic Policy Unit. In that role he published numerous papers on a wide range of economic policy issues and became a prolific commentator on public affairs generally. Since leaving the IPA in 1996 to set up the Institute for Private Enterprise (of which he is the Executive Director) he has continued in those roles.
John PAUL was educated at Geelong Grammar School and the University of Melbourne (Trinity College) (BA, 1958; MA, 1960). After ten years in the Commonwealth Public Service (1961-71), including five years in The Treasury, he moved to academia in 1973, becoming Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of New South Wales, until his retirement from that post in 1996. He has written extensively on the reserve powers of the Governor-General, the role of the Monarchy within the Australian Constitution, and on Australian political history more generally.
Professor Jonathan PINCUS was educated at St Joseph's College, Brisbane, the University of Queensland (BEc Hons, 1964) and Stanford University (MA, 1970; PhD, 1972). He has since been a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University (1974-85) and held chairs at Flinders University (Economic History, 1985-91) and the University of Adelaide (George Gollin Professor of Economics, 1991 to date), where he is now Convenor of the Academic Board. The author of several books and numerous articles in the professional journals, he was also joint editor (1988-95) of The Australian Economic History Review.
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 Scholar in the Faculty of Law, the Australian National University. In February, 1998 he attended the Constitutional Convention in Canberra as an appointed delegate, and subsequently played a prominent role in 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, and in 1999 he was a member of the Victorian Committee for the No Republic Campaign. He now writes for The Adelaide Review.
Keith WINDSCHUTTLE was educated at Canterbury Boys High School, and, after seven years in journalism, Sydney University (BA Hons, 1969) and Macquarie University (MA, 1978), the intervening years having been spent partly in journalism and partly in teaching at the University of NSW (History Department, 1973-75) and the NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS) (History and journalism, 1977-1981). After briefly teaching sociology at the University of Wollongong in 1981, and history and social policy at the University of New South Wales (1983-1990), he has since become an author and publisher (Macleay Press), being a frequent contributor to Quadrant and to The New Criterion, New York. Among his several books is The Killing of History: How Literary Critics and Social Theorists are Murdering our Past (2000).