The Hon. Richard COURT, MLA was educated at Hale School, Perth and the University of Western Australia. After graduation (B.Comm) he spent a year in the USA as a management trainee with the Ford Motor Co. in 1969; was the proprietor of two small businesses in Perth from 1970 through 1982; and then became, in 1982, the Liberal Party Member for Nedlands in the W.A. Legislative Assembly. He held a number of shadow portfolios in Opposition (Small Business; Resources Development; Mines, Fuel and Energy; the North West and the Goldfields) during the period 198693, and was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party during 198790. In 1992 he became Leader of the Opposition, and following the State election of February, 1993 he became Premier (and Treasurer) of Western Australia.
The Hon. John HOWARD, MHR was educated at Canterbury Boys' High School and at Sydney University, where he took a Law degree in 1961. After some years as a solicitor he entered Parliament in 1974 as federal Member for Bennelong. After a period in the first Fraser Government as Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs and then as Minister for Special Trade Negotiations, after the 1977 election he became Treasurer and served in that portfolio until the defeat of the Fraser Government in March, 1983. He was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in April, 1982 and became Leader of the Opposition in September, 1985, serving in that position until May, 1989. During 199093 he held the shadow Industrial Relations portfolio and is also, today, Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.
Professor Geoffrey BOLTON, AO was educated at Wesley College, Perth and the Universities of Western Australia and Oxford, where he was awarded his D.Phil. After various research and teaching posts at Oxford, the Australian National University and Monash University, he became Professor of Modern History at the University of Western Australia (196673). Subsequently, he held Chairs of History at, successively, Murdoch University (197389), the University of London (as foundation Head of the Australian Studies Centre) (198285), the University of Queensland (198993) and, now, the Edith Cowan University in Perth. During 198990 he was President of the Australian Historical Association. He has published a number of books on Australian and British history and is general editor of the Oxford History of Australia.
Professor Peter BOYCE was educated at Wesley College, Perth, the University of Western Australia, and Duke University in the United States. His early academic career traversed the Australian National University, St Antony's College, Oxford, and the University of Tasmania. Subsequently he held Chairs of political science at the Universities of Queensland and Western Australia, and became ViceChancellor of Murdoch University in 1985. Professor Boyce has published books and articles in the fields of international diplomacy and political institutions.
Graeme CAMPBELL, MHR was born in Oxfordshire, coming to Australia as a child and being educated at Urrbrae Agricultural High School in South Australia. For nearly 12 years he pursued a variety of occupations (contract driller, fencing contractor, pastoralist on the Nullarbor), before moving to Kalgoorlie, where he worked for Great Boulder Mines and then in his own business. In 1980 he was elected for the Labor Party as federal Member for Kalgoorlie, the largest constituency in Australia (and indeed the democratic world), covering approximately 2.5 million square kilometres, and has held the seat in the five successive elections with increasing majorities. He serves on a number of parliamentary committees and has recently been prominent in public debate over such issues as the republic, Mabo and immigration policy.
Dr Colin HOWARD was educated at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Worcestershire, and at the University of London and Melbourne University. He taught in the Law Faculties at the University of Queensland (195860) and Adelaide University (196064) before becoming Hearn Professor of Law at Melbourne University for 25 years (196590). He was awarded his Ph.D. from Adelaide University in 1962 and his Doctorate of Laws from Melbourne University in 1972. He is now a practising member of the Victorian Bar, being perhaps best known for his constitutional expertise, but specialising also in commercial and administrative law, and has published a number of texts for both lawyers and laymen. During 197376 he was General Counsel to the Commonwealth AttorneyGeneral; he is also a long established commentator on public affairs.
Bevan LAWRENCE was educated at Aquinas College, Perth and the University of Western Australia, graduating Ll.B. in 1966, and has practised law in Perth since 1968. In 1987 he became the spokesman for the group in Western Australia subsequently known as People Against the Australia Card. In 1989 he formed the group, now known as People for Fair and Open Government, whose activities played a significant part in the decision by the then Premier of Western Australia, Dr Carmen Lawrence (his sister) to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into what had become known as W.A. Inc. (effectively, the conduct of the State's affairs under the Burke and Dowding Labor Governments).
Dr Campbell SHARMAN was educated in South Australia and is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Before coming to the University of Western Australia in 1977, where he is now Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, he held a variety of teaching and research positions at universities in Australia and Canada. He has published articles and monographs on a range of topics including electoral politics, political parties, referendums, the Senate, constitutional change, and Australian State politics, and is currently working on a study of federalism in Australia.
John STONE was educated at Perth Modern School, the University of Western Australia and then, as a Rhodes Scholar, at New College, Oxford. 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 I.M.F. and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. 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, Shadow Minister for Finance and, generally, a contributor to the public affairs debate. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and writes a weekly column for The Australian Financial Review.
The Hon. Sir Walter CAMPBELL, AC was educated at Downlands College, Toowoomba and the University of Queensland, where he graduated Ll.B and was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1948 after having served as a pilot in the RAAF during 194146. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1960 and President of the Australian Bar Association (196667). In 1967 he became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, where he served for 18 years, the last three of them (198285) as Chief Justice. During this time he also served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal (197482), and as the sole member of the Commonwealth Academic Salaries Tribunal (197478). In 1985 he was appointed Governor of Queensland, from which post he retired in 1992.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Harry GIBBS, GCMG, AC, KBE was educated at Ipswich Grammar School and Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland, and was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1939. After serving in the A.M.F. (193942), and the A.I.F. (194245), he became a Queen's Counsel in 1957, and was appointed, successively, a Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court (196167), a Judge of the Federal Court of Bankruptcy (196770), a Justice of the High Court of Australia (197081) and Chief Justice of the High Court (198187). Since 1987 he has been Chairman of the Review into Commonwealth Criminal Law and, since 1990, Chairman of the Australian Tax Research Foundation. In 1992 he became the founding President of The Samuel Griffith Society.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Paul HASLUCK, KG, GCMG, GCVO was educated at Perth Modern School and the University of Western Australia. After gaining his M.A. there he worked for some years as a journalist with The West Australian and as a lecturer in the History department of the University of Western Australia (193940) before joining the Commonwealth Department of External Affairs in 1941. His diplomatic posts included that of Counsellor in the Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York (1946). After his resignation from the Department of External Affairs (then under the ministerial charge of Dr. H.V. Evatt), he was appointed Reader in History at the University of W.A. in 1948, before winning the federal seat of Curtin for the Liberal Party in 1949. Over a parliamentary career of 20 years he served as Minister for Territories (195163), Minister for Defence (196364) and Minister for External Affairs (196469), before being appointed GovernorGeneral of Australia (196974). He was the author of two volumes (The Government and the People) of the Australian Official War History, as well as a number of works of biography, historical and political reflection, and verse. He had a lifelong interest in, and sympathy for, the Aboriginal people of Australia, and several of his books were devoted to various aspects of their situation. Sir Paul's long and honourable life ended with his death on 9 January, 1993.
The Hon. Justice Roderick MEAGHER was educated at St. Ignatius College (Riverview), Sydney and St. John's College, Sydney University (BA, Ll.B). He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1960, at the same time lecturing in the Faculty of Law at Sydney University. He was subsequently appointed Queen's Counsel and served as President of the New South Wales Bar Association (197981) before being appointed, in 1989, a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Judge of the Court of Appeal, in which post he currently serves. He is the author, and editor, of a number of major legal works.
The Hon. Ian MEDCALF, QC was educated at Albany High School, Scotch College, Perth and, after serving in the AIF during World War II, at the University of Western Australia (Ll.B). He worked for some years in Perth as a barrister and solicitor, and member of the boards of a number of major public companies, before entering the Legislative Council of Western Australia as a Liberal member for the Metropolitan Province in 1968. During 18 years in the State Parliament (196886) he served as AttorneyGeneral and Minister for Federal Affairs (197583) and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council (198083). After the change of government in 1983 he was Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council (198384) before his retirement from the Parliament in 1986.