Bob BOTTOM, OAM was educated at Marist Brothers College, Broken Hill but left school aged 15 to become a cadet journalist. Since then he has spent a lifetime investigating and reporting upon organised crime and corruption in Australia, and is the author of seven best-selling books on these topics. His report on organised crime in NSW (1978) was a landmark document of its kind. Since then he has participated in the setting up of the National Crime Authority (1983) and its more recent reformation into the Australian Crime Commission; the establishment of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (1988); and establishment of the Queensland Crime Commission (1998). Most recently he has assisted a Victoria Police Organised Crime Strategy group in tackling Melbourne's gangland warfare.
The Hon Chief Justice Paul de JERSEY, AC was educated at Church of England Grammar School, Brisbane and the University of Queensland (BA, 1969; LLB, 1971), and was called to the Bar in Brisbane in 1971, becoming Queen's Counsel in 1981. A judge of the Queensland Supreme Court since 1985, he was appointed Chief Justice in 1998. During 1996-98 he was President of the Industrial Court of Queensland and also Chairman of the Queensland Law Reform Commission. He has been Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane since 1991.
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. After a long career in the Law Faculty of the University of Queensland (1969-1999), during which time he published texts on the History and Structure of the Australian Legal Profession, Evidence, Administrative Law and Mining and Petroleum Law, he retired, and has since become perhaps Australia's foremost expert on the law of native title.
Professor Andrew FRASER was educated at Burks Fall High School, Ontario and at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (BA, 1969); University of North Carolina (MA, 1971); Queen's University (LLB, 1975) and Harvard (LLM, 1982). After emigrating to Australia in 1975 he taught briefly at the University of Queensland Law School before transferring in 1977 to Macquarie University, where he currently holds the post of Associate Professor in the Department of Public Law. He is the author of The Spirit of the Laws: Republicanism and the Unfinished Project of Modernity, and Reinventing Aristocracy: The Constitutional Reformation of Corporate Governance.
Bruce GRUNDY was educated at Church of England Grammar School, Brisbane and La Trobe University (BEd, 1975). His 44-year career in journalism, teaching and the media began when he joined the ABC in 1961, and has included periods as producer of ABC Radio Rural and Talks programs; executive producer of ABC Television Current Affairs and Radio Australia programs; and editor of Brisbane's The Weekend Independent newspaper. In 1979 he left Radio Australia for the Department of Government in the University of Queensland, becoming Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism there in 1991. He is now Journalist in Residence and Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism and Communication at that University.
Dr Dominic KATTER was educated at St Joseph's College, Brisbane and at several Universities in Australia and abroad. His BA (1994), LLB (1996) and LLM (1998) at the University of Queensland were followed by his M Phil (Cantab) (1999) and his SJD (2003) at Queensland University of Technology. After a period as Associate to Mr Justice Callinan of the High Court he commenced practice at the Queensland Bar in 2001, and has since appeared before the High Court as junior counsel. He has lectured in a number of subjects at the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.
Kevin LINDEBERG was educated at Maryborough Boys High School and holds an Associate Diploma in Industrial Relations from Brisbane College of Advanced Education (1988). A former Queensland public sector trade union organiser who now works as a freelance political cartoonist/caricaturist, he has become the central figure in the unresolved Heiner Affair, arising out of the clandestine and allegedly illegal shredding of the Heiner Inquiry documents by the Queensland Cabinet in 1990. His public interest disclosure in that affair has come before federal and State Parliaments, including both Senate and House of Representatives committees. The affair, which is listed by the international archives/recordkeeping community as one of the 14 great document shredding scandals of the 20th Century, remains a matter of concern to anyone concerned with legal and constitutional propriety in Queensland and more generally.
John NETHERCOTE was educated at Blakehurst High School, Sydney and the University of Sydney (BA, 1968). After joining the Commonwealth public service in 1970, he worked over the years for the Public Service Board, the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration, the Public Service Commission of Canada and the Defence Review Committee. He joined the staff of the Senate in 1987 and his assignments there included Secretary to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration and overseeing publication of Odgers' Australian Senate Practice (6th edition). He also edited Parliament and Bureaucracy (1982) and was a joint editor of The Constitutional Commission and the 1988 Referendums (1988) and The Menzies Era (1995). Since retirement from the Senate staff he has written extensively for The Canberra Times on public service matters and edited Liberalism and the Australian Federation (2001).
Bryan PAPE was educated at Wagga Wagga High School and the University of New South Wales (BComm, 1969) and was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1977, where he practiced, mainly in taxation litigation, for nearly 25 years. During this time he also served as a full-time member of the Taxation Board of Review No. 1 (1981-1984) and as a part-time member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (1992-1994). In 2000 he took up appointment as Senior Lecturer in Law in the University of New England. He has had a long and active interest in public affairs and is presently Chairman of the New England Federal Electorate Council of the National Party.
Professor Suri RATNAPALA was educated in Colombo, Sri Lanka, undertaking his first degree (LLB, 1970) at the University of Colombo. Before migrating to Australia in 1983 he served as a Senior State Counsel in the Attorney-General's Department of Sri Lanka, where he was involved in drafting that country's republican Constitution. He completed his LLM degree at Macquarie University in 1987 and his PhD(1995) at the University of Queensland, where he has taught since 1988. He is now Professor of Public Law there and co-editor of the University of Queensland Law Journal. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and a number of other publications, including Welfare State or Constitutional State? (1990), The Illusions of Comparable Worth (1992) (with Gabriel Moens), and Mabo: A Judicial Revolution (1993) (co-editor). His most recent work is Australian Constitutional Law: Foundations and Theory (2002).
Professor Gregory ROSE was educated at Mount Scopus College, Melbourne and at Monash University (BA, 1981; LLB, 1983; LLM, 1989). In 1990 he joined the Marine Resources Program at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development at the University of London, becoming its Director (1991-1994). In 1994 he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, becoming head of the Trade, Environment and Nuclear Law Unit in the Legal Office of that Department. In 1998 he moved to the University of Wollongong, where he is now Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Director of Research for the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention and a member of the Centre for Maritime Policy. His research specialises in international law, focusing on both terrorism and environmental issues.
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. 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. He is now a visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law of the Australian National University, where his researches have done much to clarify the role of the Governor-General in Australia's constitutional arrangements.
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 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 and is the Editor and Publisher of its Proceedings.