The Hon Ian CALLINAN, AC, was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and the University of Queensland (LLB, 1960). He was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1965 and practised as a barrister-at-law, becoming Queen's Counsel in 1978, and serving as President of the Queensland Bar Association (1984-87) and of the Australian Bar Association (1984-85), before being appointed to the High Court bench in 1998, from which he retired in 2007. Prior to that time he held several company directorships (QCT Resources Ltd, Santos Ltd, Queensland Coal Resources Ltd), while also acting as Trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery (Chairman, 1997-98), the Brisbane Community Arts Centre and the Brisbane Civic Art Gallery Trust. Since retirement he has chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the equine influenza outbreak. He has also rejoined, and become Vice-President of, The Samuel Griffith Society. He remains, since 2000, Chairman of the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is also the author of a number of plays, novels and short stories.
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 Sociales, 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. He has been for many years a member of the Board of Management of The Samuel Griffith Society.
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---and more recently, of numerous articles in assorted Australian newspapers and other journals of opinion---he says that, since moving to Queensland, he "has been revelling in a country not burdened with a Bill of Rights".
Dr Nicholas ARONEY was educated at Wahroonga Christian Academy, at the Universities of New South Wales (BA, Political Science, 1988) and Queensland (LLB Hons, 1992; LLM, 1994) and at Monash University (PhD, 2001). He is Reader in Law and a Fellow of the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, and has published widely in Australian and comparative constitutional law and theory. Apart from publications in professional law journals, his books include Freedom of Speech in the Constitution (1988), The Constitution of a Federal Commonwealth: The Making and Meaning of the Australian Constitution (2008) and a co-edited volume, Restraining Elective Dictatorship: The Upper House Solution (2008).
Senator George BRANDIS, SC was educated at Christian Brothers College, Lewisham (NSW) and Villanova College, Brisbane, and then at the Universities of Queensland (BA Hons, 1978; LLB Hons, 1980) and Oxford (BCL, 1983). After a brief period as a solicitor in Brisbane, he went to the Queensland Bar in 1985, also lecturing in Jurisprudence at the University of Queensland (1984-91). After becoming a Liberal Party Senator for Queensland in 2000, he became a member of several Senate Committees before taking silk (SC) in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Minister for the Arts and Sport in the Howard Government. He has published many articles and contributed many chapters to books on both legal and political topics, and is currently shadow Attorney-General in the federal Opposition.
Peter FARIS, QC was educated at Hampton High School (Melbourne), Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne (LLB, 1962). After a period (1962-70) working as a solicitor, he was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1970, becoming Queen's Counsel in 1986. A former chairman of the National Crime Authority, he also found time to become a founder both of the Fitzroy Legal Service and the Alice Springs Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. Today he has a busy practice in the criminal law jurisdiction, while at the same time featuring widely in both the print and electronic media. He is the co-author of Human Rights Charters in Australia.
Dr Matt HARVEY was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, the University of Melbourne (LLB, 1987; BA Hons, 1988) and Monash University (PhD, 2004). After lecturing in the law faculty at Monash (2002-2007), where he was also Associate Director of the Monash European and European Union Centre, he now lectures in constitutional law and European Union law at Victoria University. He is a co-author of European Union Law: An Australian View (2008).
Professor John O McGINNISS was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and at Harvard College (BA, 1978), Balliol College, Oxford (BA, 1980) and Harvard Law School (JD, 1983), where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, and serving as a Deputy Assistant Attorney-General in the Office of Legal Counsel (1987-1991), he is now the Stanford Clinton, Sr Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Law School, where he teaches courses in constitutional law, international trade, antitrust and law and economics. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles in a wide range of professional law journals, and is a past recipient (1997) of the Paul Bator award, given by the Federalist Society to an outstanding young (under 40) law professor.
Alan OXLEY was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne and Monash University (BA Hons, 1969). Originally a career diplomat, serving in Singapore and at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, he transferred to the Department of Trade (subsequently the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) in 1985. As Australia's Ambassador to the GATT (1985-1989), he was the first Australian to serve as Chairman of the GATT, and played a key role in creating the international coalition of agriculture product exporters (the Cairns group). Since leaving the Commonwealth public service he has worked in many capacities as an international trade consultant. In that capacity he was for three years Director of AUSTA, the Australian business group promoting a Free Trade Agreement with the USA. Today, as a Managing Director of ITS Global, he is Chairman of the Australian APEC Study Centre at Monash University; a member of the Commonwealth government's Foreign Affairs Council; and a member of the China Business Forum, a business group established to examine issues relevant to a Free Trade Agreement with China.
Paul SHEEHAN was educated at St Edmunds College, Canberra and at the Australian National University (BA, 1974) and Columbia University, New York (MS, 1980). Over the course of a life-long career in journalism with The Sydney Morning Herald, he has at one time or another served as that newspaper's New York correspondent, Washington correspondent, and Chief of Staff. In 1985-86 he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. Today he is a senior writer and regular columnist. He is the author of three notable (and best-selling) books, namely Among the Barbarians (1998), The Electronic Whorehouse (2003) and Girls Like You (2006).
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 in Canberra as an appointed delegate, and subsequently played a prominent role in the "No" Case Committee for the 1999 Republic referendum. While a visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law of the Australian National University, his research has done much to clarify the role of the Governor-General in Australia's constitutional arrangements, culminating in his book Head of State (2005). In 2006 he became, and remains, 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 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 and is Editor and Publisher of its Proceedings. Today he writes regularly for Quadrant and for National Observer. In 2008 he became a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Dr Anne TWOMEY was educated at Sacred Heart College, Shepparton and at the University of Melbourne (BA/LLB (Hons), 1989); the Australian National University (LLM, 1996); and the University of New South Wales (PhD, 2006). As a constitutional lawyer, she has worked for the High Court of Australia, the Commonwealth Parliament and the NSW Cabinet Office. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Law School of the University of Sydney. As well as numerous articles in professional journals, she is the author of The Constitution of New South Wales (2004) and The Chameleon Crown---The Queen and Her Australian Governors (2006). Now completing a book on the Australia Acts 1986, she intends to write her next book on procedural and jurisprudential issues concerning constitutional amendment.
Professor Kenneth WILTSHIRE, AO was educated at Kedron High
School, Brisbane, the University of Queensland (B Ec Hons, 1968),
the London School of Economics (MSc, 1972) and the University
of Queensland (PhD, 1983). After a period as an economist with
the Queensland government (1963-70), he entered academia as a
lecturer, later Reader, in Public Administration at the University
of Queensland (1971-88), where in 1988 he became, and remains,
the JD Story Professor of Public Administration at the University
of Queensland Business School. The holder at one time or another
of many public offices, he was a consultant to the "new federalism"
reforms of both the Fraser and Hawke Governments, and subsequently
served both as a member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission
(1995-2004) and as the Australian representative on the Executive
Board of UNESCO (1999-2005). He has written many books and articles
on comparative federalism, including Tenterfield Revisited (1991).