The Hon Bill HASSELL, AM was educated at a number of state schools in Western Australia, at Hale School, and at the Universities of WA and Reading (UK). While practising in Perth as a barrister and solicitor (1968-80), he became in 1977 the Liberal Member for Cottesloe in the WA Legislative Assembly, from which he retired in 1990. Having served as Minister for Police, Traffic and Community Welfare (1980-82), Minister for Police and Prisons (1982-83) and Minister for Employment (1983), he was Leader of the Opposition during 1984-86. During 1994-97 he was Agent-General for Western Australia in Britain and Europe. He is now the proprietor of the consultancy firm Hassell Advisory Services, serves on a number of advisory bodies and is Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Robert O'CONNOR, QC was educated at Aquinas College, Perth and the Australian National University, Canberra (LLB, 1974). After careers in Perth and Canberra in the Australian Tax Office (1962-1977) and as a solicitor and partner with Malleson Stephen Jaques in Perth (1977-1984), he has been at the Perth Bar for the last 20 years (QC, 1989). He is a member of the Board of the Constitutional Centre of W.A.
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 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. After occupying the new Chair of Governance in the School of Business at the University of the Northern Territory, Darwin in 2002, he has recently taken up duty as Head of School at the Central Coast School of Business of the University of Newcastle. Among numerous other publications is his book, Waltzing with Matilda: Should New Zealand Join Australia? (2001).
Dr Michael CONNOR was educated at Queenscliff and Geelong High Schools and began work in bookselling before going overseas, where he worked in Sadler's Wells Theatre, London and as Director of Studies for an English language teaching school in Algeria. Returning to Australia in 1981, he again worked in bookselling before resuming his education, first at James Cook University, Townsville (BA Hons, 1997) and then, on an Australian Government Graduate Scholarship, at the University of Tasmania (PhD, 2002). A student of Australian colonial history, he has recently edited (2003) a collection of stories, Pig Bites Baby! from Australia's first newspaper, The Sydney Gazette.
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 (1982-84) and was Director of Research for the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Victorian Parliament (1985-87). After serving for three years (1992-95) as Crown Counsel to the then 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). As from the beginning of 2004 he has taken up a new Chair of Government and Constitutional Law at Curtin University.
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.
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 worked there until 2002 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 (President since 1989), and also one of the founders more recently of the Lavoisier Group. He is currently Treasurer of The Samuel Griffith Society.
Alex GARDNER was educated at Guildford Grammar School, at the Australian National University (BA Hons, 1980; LLB Hons, 1983) and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (LLM, 1987). After briefly practising law in Melbourne he was appointed in 1988 as a lecturer in the Law School of the University of Western Australia, where he is now a senior lecturer teaching constitutional law and resources law. He has been actively engaged in environmental legal matters as a consultant to community groups, Government agencies and private firms. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and a contributor to several books.
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 has been Chairman of the Australian Tax Research Foundation. In 1992 he became, and remains, the founding President of The Samuel Griffith Society.
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. Australia's leading psephologist, he is the author of numerous books and articles both in professional journals and the daily press.
Associate Professor Gregory MELLEUISH was educated at Woy Woy High School and at the University of Sydney (BA Hons, 1975; MA Hons, 1981) and Macquarie University (PhD, 1992). He has taught at the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland and is currently Head of the School of History and Politics at the University of Wollongong. A specialist in Australian political ideas and intellectual history, he is the author of Cultural Liberalism in Australia (1995), The Packaging of Australia (1998), and A Short History of Australian Liberalism (2001). He also edited John West's Union Among the Colonies (2001).
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 of 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. A principal founder of The Samuel Griffith Society, he has served on its Board of Management since its inception in 1992.