On Line Opinion's Editorial Advisory Board
Leonie Kramer AC, DBE
Leonie Kramer is currently Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Arts (English) at the University of Sydney. She has had a distinguished academic career starting in 1958 as a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and then Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney.
During her career she has been Chairman of the ABC, Chairman of Quadrant, Chairman of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, and Chancellor of the University of Sydney. Her career has also included board positions with the ANZ Banking Group, WMC, the Electricity Commission of NSW and St Vincent's Hospital.
Leonie sees the Internet as offering possibilities for alternative agendas to find a public audience.
Fr Michael Kelly SJ
Michael Kelly is CEO of Church Resources (Incorporating Catholic Telecommunications, a joint purchase cooperative of 7,600 Catholic Institutions that aims to assist the Church to engage constructively in on-line communications).
He entered the Jesuits in 1971. After studies in philosophy, theology and social sciences, he worked as a journalist in Australia and Asia for various publications, religious and secular. He was ordained in 1984 and co-founded Albert Street Productions, a TV production company, in 1986. In 1989, he founded Jesuit Publications, publishers of Eureka Street, Australian Catholics and Madonna magazines.
He is also priest in residence at St Phillip Neri Church, Northbridge, NSW.
Peter has been Managing Director of John Wiley & Sons, Australia Ltd, a large educational and trade publisher based in Brisbane, since 1993.
He started adult life as a student priest, spending four years in Rome in the late 60s. On his return from Rome he completed an Arts degree at Sydney University, graduating with first-class honours in English literature.
His career has included the Presidency of the Australian Book Publishers Association, and a directorship of the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).
Hon. Kathy Sullivan
When Kathy Sullivan retired as a Member of Parliament she was the longest-serving woman member of any Australian Parliament. Born and educated in Queensland she has a B.A. Before entering Parliament she was a teacher, university administrator and part-time lecturer.
Kathy has been a Deputy Whip in both houses of Parliament as well as a Parliamentary Secretary, most recently for Foreign Affairs.
She says of her involvement with National Forum: "A pre-parliamentary life spent in education followed by my parliamentary experience, reinforced by world political events of the 1980s and 1990s, means I have an absolute belief that the future of the human race depends on the free development and dissemination of knowledge."
Tom Worthington FACS FLM
Tom Worthington is an independent information technology consultant and author of the book Net Traveller, and is one of the architects of the Commonwealth Government's Internet and web strategy.
The first Web Master for the Australian Department of Defence, in 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to the development of public Internet policy.
Tom lectures on electronic commerce and web technology at the Australian National University and is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Computer Science. He is a director and a past President of the Australian Computer Society, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Julian Cribb AO
Julian Cribb is the principal of Julian Cribb & Associates specialists in science communication, and Adjunct Professor of Science Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. A journalist since 1969, he was editor of the "National Farmer" and "Sunday Independent" newspapers, editor-in-chief of the "Australian Rural Times", and chief of the Australian Agricultural News Bureau.
He has received 32 awards for journalism, including the Order of Australia. He was national foundation president of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), president of the National Rural and Resources Press Club, a member of CSIRO advisory committees for agriculture, fisheries and entomology.
Julian’s published work includes 7,000 print articles, 1,000 broadcasts and 300 hundred speeches. His latest book is "Sharing Knowledge", a manual for effective science communication.
Prof. Peter Spearritt
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of The Brisbane Institute, Professor Peter Spearritt was foundation director of the National Key Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University and Head of the School of Political and Social Inquiry also at Monash. He has a BA in Government and Public Administration from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Urban Research from ANU. In 1996 he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, reflecting his work in urban studies and involvement in the five reference volumes Australians: An Historical Library.
Peter has written or co-authored a number of major books, including The Sydney Harbour Bridge: a life (1982) and Holiday Business: Tourism in Australian Since 1870 (2000). His book Sydney’s Century (1999) won the NSW Premier’s prize for Australian history. He worked on the ABC/Open Learning television series Out of Empire, and has co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Trading Places: Australian Travel Posters and Australians and the Monarchy. Peter served on Prime Minister Keating’s Advisory Panel on Cultural Policy, which produced the Creative Nation report.