I have written for The Canberra Times, the main newspaper in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, for 30 years on a huge range of topics, but mainly legal and constitutional. I was Editor for seven years.

For about two decades, I handled the paper’s defamation work, was responsible for the selection of the letters to the editor and wrote too many editorials to count.

I have contributed to both Federal and Australian Capital Territory parliamentary inquiries on defamation and freedom of speech.

I now teach journalism at the University of Canberra; write a weekly column for The Canberra Times; write the editorial matter for allhomes.com.au; contribute to other publications and appear intermittently on ABC radio and television; do occasional consultancy work (including website design and creation) and occasional public speaking.

I am author of “The High Court of Australia 1903-2003” and “Canberra – Australia’s National Capital”.

I have been on the National Board of Directors of Barnardos, the children’s welfare charity since 2004 and chair since 2007.

2011 — appointed to Australian Bureau of Statistics governance advisory panel for measuring Australia’s progress.

Sports: scuba diving, skiing, kayaking/canoeing, squash.

Born 1951


BA Australian National University 1972
LlB (Hons) Australian National University 1977


1972: Cadetship – The Canberra Times
1973: Graded journalist
1973 to 1983: Sub-editor, Parliamentary Sub-Editor, Foreign News Editor.
1983: Commonwealth Press Union Fellow. Three-month program in UK, including secondment to The Belfast Telegraph.
1983: Sunday Editor The Canberra Times
1985 to 1992: Editor – The Canberra Times
1992 to 1995: Writer, columnist, The Canberra Times
1995 to 2002: Deputy Editor.
1990-1997: Australian Political Correspondent for The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand.
2002-present: Lecturer in Journalism University of Canberra.

Legal professional:

Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor 1977.
Publications: Tomorrow’s Law (Ed: Selby) Federation Press. 1995. Section on Press Freedom.
1990-91: Contributor to defamation law reform process to State Attorneys-General (1990-91) and Australian Capital Territory Law Reform Committee (1990-91, 1997).
1995: Consultant Australian Law Reform Commission reference on Australian Federal Police and National Crime Authority complaints and discipline systems.
1997: Member ethics committee Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
1997: Chair of ACT Attorney-General’s Advisory Group on On-Line Services.
2004: Board member Barnardos Australia.
2007: Chair National Board Barnardos Australia.
2009: Member Board of the Australian Capital Territory Cultural Facilities Corporation.