The Hon Justice Dyson HEYDON, AC was educated at Sydney Grammar School and the University of Sydney (BA, 1964). As NSW Rhodes Scholar for 1964 he took further degrees (MA, BCL) at University College, Oxford (1964-67), where he was Vinerian Scholar for 1967. Admitted to the Bar in 1971 (Gray's Inn, London) and 1973 (NSW), he became Professor of Law at Sydney University (1973-81) and Editor of the Australian Law Reports (1980-2000) and the NSW Law Reports (1981-2000). After practising at the Sydney Bar (QC, 1987) he was appointed a Judge of the NSW Court of Appeal (2000) before appointment as Justice of the High Court of Australia in 2003. As well as many articles in the law journals, he is also the author, either in his own right or with other distinguished legal scholars (former Justice Roderick Meagher, Justice William Gummow, Sir James Gobbo and others), of numerous books on the law.
Dr Janet ALBRECHTSEN was educated at Seacombe High School, Adelaide and the University of Adelaide (LLB Hons, 1987). After admission to the NSW Bar in 1988 she worked as a solicitor with Freehill, Hollingdale and Page (1988-91), and as a tutor at the University of Sydney Law School while studying for her PhD in Law which she completed in 2000. Subsequently, as a journalist, she has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review. Nowadays, she contributes a regular weekly column to The Australian. In 2005 she was appointed to the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
2. Conference Contributors
Professor James ALLAN, a Canadian by birth, was educated at WA Porter Collegiate, Scarborough, Toronto and at Queen's University, Ontario (BA, 1982; LLB, 1985), the London School of Economics (LLM, 1986) and the University of Hong Kong (PhD, 1994). After working at the Bar in Toronto and in London, he has since taught law in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States before appointment as Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland in 2004. The author of numerous articles in professional legal journals, he says that, since moving to Queensland, he "has been revelling in a country not burdened with a Bill of Rights".
Ben DAVIES was educated at Melbourne High School, at the University of Melbourne (BA, 2001) and at Monash University (LLB, 2005). In 1996 he won the Australian Universities Debating Championship, and represented Melbourne University in the 2000 World Universities Debating Championship. A man of widely diverse interests (film-making, car restoration), he has been an adviser to two federal Ministers (Hon Tony Abbott and Hon Kevin Andrews), as well as being a member of the Victorian "No" Campaign Committee for the 1999 Republic Referendum. A member of the Board of The Samuel Griffith Society since 2003, he was the inaugural winner, in 2005, of the Governor-General's Prize for essays on the Australian Constitution. He is currently completing his articles in a Melbourne law firm.
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 was appointed Chairman of the Australian Press Council, and in 1992 Chairman of the Executive Council of the World Association of Press Councils. In October, 1997 he became Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority, resigning that post in 2004. He is the author of numerous publications and in 1991 was honoured by the World Jurists Association. During the 1999 Republic Referendum campaign he played a prominent part in the "No" Case Committee, and remains today National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.
The Hon Tom HUGHES, AO, QC was educated at St Ignatius College (Riverview), Sydney and the University of Sydney (LLB, 1948). After service in the RAAF (1942-46) he was called to the NSW Bar in 1949 and practised there (QC, 1962) before becoming the Liberal Member for Parkes (1963-69) and Berowra (1969-72) in the federal Parliament. In 1969, as Attorney-General in the Gorton Government, he recommended to Cabinet, and subsequently to the Governor-General, the appointment of the then Harry Gibbs to the High Court of Australia. Today, he remains heavily engaged at the Sydney Bar. In 2005 he was created Chevalier in the French Legion of Honour.
David JACKSON, QC was educated at the Marist College, Ipswich and the University of Queensland (BA, 1963; LLB, 1964). After serving (1963-64) as Associate to Justice Harry Gibbs in the Supreme Court of Queensland, he was called to the Queensland Bar in 1964 and practised there (QC, 1976) until 1985 before becoming a Judge of the Federal Court (1985-87). Following his resignation from that office he moved to the Sydney Bar in 1987, where he has since practised as the leading silk on constitutional issues. In 1985-87 he was Chairman of the federal Constitutional Commission's Advisory Committee on the Australian Judicial System, and in 1995-98 a member of the Judicial Commission of NSW. A Major in the CMF Australian Intelligence Corps (1959-71), he was also created (1979) Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He has published numerous articles on constitutional and other legal topics.
The Hon Dr Gary JOHNS was educated at Flemington High School, Melbourne and at Monash University (BEc, 1973; MA, 1977) and the University of Queensland (PhD, 2001). As the Labor Member for Petrie in the federal Parliament (1987-96), he served as Special Minister of State (1994-96) and as Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations (1993-96). Since leaving Parliament in 1996, he has completed a PhD, while also serving as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs (1997-2006) and as an Associate Commissioner of the Productivity Commission (2002-04). He is currently a senior consultant with ACIL Tasman, President of the Bennelong Society and a regular contributor to the Opinion pages of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines.
The Hon Justice Michael KIRBY, AC, CMG was educated at Fort Street High School, Sydney and the University of Sydney (BA, 1959; LLB, 1962; BEc, 1966; LLM, 1967). After a brief career in NSW as a solicitor (1962-67) and barrister (1967-74), he became Chairman of the Commonwealth Law Reform Commission (1975-84) and a Deputy President of the then Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83), before becoming a Judge of the Federal Court (1983-84). In 1984 he became a Judge (and President) of the NSW Court of Appeal (1984-96) before being appointed to the High Court of Australia in 1996. Among a wide range of other interests, he was President (1987-89) of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (in succession to Sir Harry Gibbs), and in 1992 was a founding member of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. A prolific writer and speech-maker, he has been involved in numerous causes both in Australia and overseas.
Julian LEESER was educated at Cranbrook, Sydney and the University of New South Wales (BA Hons, 1999; LLB, 2000). He was an elected delegate for Australians for Constitutional Monarchy at the 1998 Constitutional Convention, and subsequently served as a member of the "No" Case Committee for the Republic referendum. He has since served as Associate to High Court Justice Callinan (2000) and as Adviser to the then Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Hon Tony Abbott (2001) as well as, more recently, Special Adviser to the Attorney-General, Hon Philip Ruddock (2004-06), with responsibility for constitutional law and court administration. A solicitor, he has recently been appointed Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. He is currently working on a biography of the late Sir William McMahon.
John ROSKAM was educated at Xavier College, Melbourne and the University of Melbourne (LLB, 1990; BCom, 1991). After working for the then Victorian Minister for Education, Hon Don Hayward (1990-96) he also worked for Hon David Kemp, then federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs (1996-98). Having been Manager, Corporate Affairs with Rio Tinto (1998-2000) and Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre (2000-02), he is now Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, and is completing his doctorate at the University of Melbourne on Liberalism and the Liberal Party. He is a regular columnist in The Australian Financial Review, and also writes for The Age in Melbourne.
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 1998 he attended the Constitutional Convention as an appointed delegate, and subsequently played a prominent role in the "No" Case Committee for the 1999 Republic referendum. He is now a visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law of the Australian National University, where his researches, culminating in his book Head of State (2005), have greatly clarified the role of the Governor-General in Australia's constitutional arrangements. In early 2006 he became President of The Samuel Griffith Society.
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 the Executive Boards of both the International Monetary Fund 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. He has since 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 (1987-90) 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 since its inception in 1992, and is the Editor and Publisher of its Proceedings.
Stuart WOOD was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and the University of Melbourne (BSc, LLB, 1992). After briefly working as a solicitor (1993-95) he was called to the Melbourne Bar in 1995, where he has since practised almost exclusively in the field of employment and labour law. He writes and speaks, from time to time, about industrial and legal matters.