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Keynote Speakers Biographical Details

Professor David Flint read law and economics at the Universities of Sydney, London and Paris. An Emeritus Professor of Law, he was Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority, and Associate Member Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from 1997-2004. He is also the President, English Speaking Union, National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, and National President and Second International Vice-President of the World Jurist Association. Chairman of the Australian Press Council 1987 – 1997, he was in the same years Dean of Law of the University of Technology Sydney, during which time significant changes to Australian legal education were made. David has published books and articles on topics such as the media, international economic law, Australia’s constitution and Australia’s 1999 constitutional referendum - including The Cane Toad Republic, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, 1999. He contributes frequently to the press, and to the ACM website, www.norepublic.com.au. His recent books include The Twilight of the Elites, 2003, and Malice in Media Land. He was recognised with the award of World Outstanding Legal Scholar, World Jurists Association, Barcelona, in October 1991, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995.

Professor James Allan is the Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. Before that he taught at the University of Otago, at Sydney University, at City University of Hong Kong, and was a barrister in London and a lawyer in Toronto. He has published widely in the areas of legal philosophy, constitutional law and bill of rights scepticism. On the side he writes regular opinion pieces for newspapers and journals. These include The Australian, The Australian Spectator, Quadrant and The National Business Review.

Jeff McIntyre has UK/US citizenship but grew up and was educated in Christchurch. A BCom graduate from the University of Canterbury, after brief forays into the pharmaceutical and travel industries he settled on finance, first as the No1 lender for a niche finance company and then 10 years as a residential and commercial mortgage broker simultaneously running a sub-prime commercial lender. In 2006 he emigrated to Arizona in the US where he successfully promotes oil/gas joint ventures with Canadian partners. He avidly follows US AND NZ politics, enjoys rugby (coaching/ refereeing) and runs charitable trusts dealing with adolescent substance abuse and more recently improving outcomes for at risk Polynesian youth through US/NZ rugby exchanges.

Hal Colebatch, BA(Hons) MA BJuris LLB PhD, is a writer, journalist, editor and lawyer. He has a PhD in Political Science and has a wide range of publications. His writing is internationally recognised, including six books of poetry and twelve short novels published or accepted for publication in the US. He has lectured and tutored at various universities in political and legal subjects. He has been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia as a barrister and solicitor and as a barrister has had the conduct of major trials and appellant work. He has also had various executive positions in business and publishing and has worked on the staff of two Australian Federal Ministers. He was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to writing, poetry, the law and political commentary, the only person to receive an award for this combination of activities. He was Chairman of the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship in Western Australia, 2003-2006.

John Ballantyne is an historian, journalist and editor of Australia’s News Weekly. He was educated at Sevenoaks School, England, and graduated from the University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales) with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1st class), majoring in History. John has served in prominent roles in the Captive Nations Council of South Australia and later the Family Council of South Australia. He is currently a member of the Church and Nation Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. His primary interests are the Cold War and the history of economic ideas. He is planning to write his PhD thesis on the life and thought of the economist, Colin Clark (1905-1989).