The Hon. Dean BROWN, MLA was educated at Unley High School, Adelaide and then at the University of New England (B. Rural Science, 1967). After a period of employment with the South Australian Department of Agriculture (1967-73), he entered Parliament as the Liberal Member for Davenport in 1973. He served as Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Public Works in the Tonkin Government (1979-83), but returned to the private sector in 1985 after losing his seat following an electorial redistribution. In May, 1992 he became the Member for Alexandra and Leader of the Opposition, and following the State election in December, 1993 (when he became the Member for Finniss), he was appointed Premier, Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and (more recently) Minister for Information Technology.
Christopher PEARSON was educated at Scotch College, Adelaide and at Flinders (BA Hons, 1972) and Adelaide (Dip. Ed., 1974) Universities. After a period of High School teaching and lecturing at TAFE (1974-75), and some years working as a freelance journalist, he joined the Aboriginal Studies Unit, University of Adelaide (1981). As well as founding (and editing) The Sydney Review (1988-91), he founded in 1984, and has since edited, The Adelaide Review, Australia's largest circulation arts monthly magazine. Through his writings in that magazine, in The Advertiser, The Australian, and elsewhere, he has become a prolific contributor to the public debate.
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The Rt. Hon. Sir Garfield BARWICK, AK, GCMG, was educated at Fort Street High School, Sydney and the University of Sydney (BA, LLB). He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1927 and became King's Counsel in 1941. After a long and distinguished career at the Bar, he entered the federal Parliament in 1958 as Liberal Member for Parramatta, serving as Attorney-General (1958-62) and Minister for External Affairs (1961-64), before being appointed Chief Justice of the High Court in 1964 and serving in that position until his retirement in 1981.
Dr Greg CRAVEN was educated at St Kevin's College, Toorak and the University of Melbourne (BA, 1980; LLB, 1981; LLM, 1984). He has taught at Monash University (1982-84) and was Director of Research for the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Victorian Parliament (1985-87). After having served for three years (1992-95) as Crown Counsel to the present Attorney-General for Victoria, he has now returned to his previous post of Associate Professor and Reader in Law at the University of Melbourne. 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).
Greg CUTBUSH was educated at Ballarat College and The University of New England (B.Rur.Sc., Hons, 1970; M.Ec., 1973). After brief periods working in Kenya and the United Kingdom, he worked as an economist at the then Industry Assistance Commission (1975-88), as well as at the OECD in Paris (1979-81) and on numerous World Bank assignments in Africa and Washingdon, D.C. After becoming an Assistant Commissioner of the IAC (1983-88), he joined the Canberra economic consultancy firm, ACIL in 1988, where he continues to work today, mainly on issues of microeconomic reform and competition policy.
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 has since worked 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 and has been its President since 1989.
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. He is now Reader in Law at the University of Queensland Law School, and has published texts on the History and Structure of the Australian Legal Profession, Evidence, Administrative Law and Mining and Petroleum Law.
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 A.M.F. (1939-42), and the A.I.F.(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). Since 1987 he has been Chairman of the Review into Commonwealth Criminal Law (1987-91) and, since 1990, Chairman of the Australian Tax Research Foundation. In 1992 he became the founding President of The Samuel Griffith Society.
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 (1958-60) and Adelaide University (1960-64) before becoming Hearn Professor of Law at Melbourne University for 25 years (1965-90). He was awarded his Ph.D. from Adelaide University in 1972. Although recently appointed as (part-time) Crown Counsel to the Attorney-General for Victoria, he remains 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 1973-76 he was General Counsel to the Commonwealth Attorney-General; he is also a long-established commentator on public affairs.
Associate Professor Peter HOWELL was educated at St Virgil's College, Hobart and the Universities of Tasmania (MA, 1965) and Cambridge (PhD, 1972). After teaching at the University of Tasmania (1962-66), he has been lecturing at the Flinders University of South Australia since 1968, becoming Reader in History in 1982. He has specialised in British and Australian constitutional history, the best-known of his books being The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council: its Origins, Structure and Development. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London), and since September, 1995 has been Chairman of the South Australian Constitutional Advisory Council.
Chris HUMPHRY was educated at Hale School, Perth and the University of Western Australia (LLB, 1969). After admission as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of W.A. in 1971, he worked in Perth as a solicitor (1972-76) and subsequently partner (1976`92) in what is now the firm of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, including a period of two years (1985-87) as partner-in-charge of the London office of (then) Stephen Jaques Stone James. From early 1993 he was seconded to the State Crown Solicitor's Office, advising the W.A. Government on native title matters. In February, 1996 he established the Perth firm of Hunt and Humphry, specialising in all aspects of resource development and land use, including native title and Aboriginal heritage matters.
The Hon. David JULL, MHR was educated at Church of England Grammar School, Brisbane, where he matriculated in 1962. After a period working in radio and television he was elected in 1975 as the Liberal Member for Bowman (1975-83). In 1984, after a brief period as Deputy General Manager of the Queensland Tourism and Travel Corporation, he was again elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Fadden, continuing to hold that seat until, following the recent Coalition election victory, he was appointed Minister for Administrative Services in the Howard Government.
David TREBECK was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School and the Universities of Sydney (B.Ag. Sc., Hons., 1968) and New England (M.Ec., 1971). After working for over a decade with Australia's farming organisations, including as Deputy Director of the National Farmers' Federation (1979-83), he established in 1983 an economic and policy consulting business (ACIL) of which he is still the senior partner. During 1985-87 he undertook a consulting assignment as Policy Director for the Federal Liberal Party. Today, his consulting work focuses on issues relevant to the microeconomic reform agenda and international competitiveness.
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Professor Geoffrey BLAINEY, AO was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne and the University of Melbourne, at which he subsequently taught for many years, becoming Reader in Economic History (1963-68), Professor of Economic History (1968-77), Ernest Scott Professor of History (1977-88) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1982-87). He has written some 25 books, including The Rush that Never Ended (1963), The Tyranny of Distance (1966), Triumph of the Nomads (1975) and A Shorter History of Australia (1994), as well as contributing columns regularly to several newspapers (The Australian, The Melbourne Herald, The Age) since 1984. As well as continuing his writing, he is today a Governor of the Potter Foundation and Chancellor of the University of Ballarat, and a prominent contributor to the public debate.
Alan JONES, AM was educated at Toowoomba Grammar School and at the Universities of Queensland (BA) and Oxford. After a period teaching French at Brisbane Grammar School (1963-70) and English at The King's School, Parramatta (1970-74), he became a senior adviser and speech writer to the then Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser (1978-81). During 1981-85 he was Executive Director of the Employers' Federation of NSW, before becoming one of Australia's most prominent broadcasters on public affairs with Radio 2UE (Sydney) from 1985 to date. He also coached, from 1984 to 1988, the Australian Rugby Union team.
Professor Judith SLOAN was educated at Lauriston Girls School, Melbourne, the University of Melbourne (BA Hons., 1975; MA, 1978) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc.Econ., 1979). After tutoring in economics at Melbourne University (1976-78), she became Research Fellow (1981-84) and Senior Research Fellow (1984-89) at the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University of South Australia, before becoming Professor of Labour Studies at that University in 1989 and Director of that Institute in 1991.