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									          ISSUE 3 • NOVEMBER 2005




THE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS




              Enter the
            Chancellor:
                David Gonski
              takes the chair




        • Beyond history and geography:
           an address by Goh Chok Tong

            • Change and opportunity in
       higher education: Brendon Parker

          • Thinking outside the square:
            the cross-faculty professors
 Notice of election 2006:
 graduate representatives to the University Council
 Have you ever considered serving your University as a graduate       How to nominate
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                                                                                                                               “Tree of Knowledge”
‘Share Your Vision for Our Planet’                                                                                              The Scientia,UNSW
Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor                                                                     Contents
                                                      We have also appointed Professor Greg          NEWS
                                                   Whittred as the inaugural President of UNSW
                                                                                                     4     Highlights 2005
                                                   Asia. He will take up his new role in
                                                   November this year. Greg is currently the         6     Innovation
                                                   Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and               7     The Chancellor
                                                   Economics, a position he took up in February
                                                   2002 after eleven years as a Professor at         INTERNATIONAL
                                                   AGSM. Greg is an alumnus, with a PhD from         8     Beyond history and geography: a
                                                   the AGSM at UNSW in 1986. He has long
                                                                                                           graduation address by Goh Chok
                                                   had an association with Asia, having lived and
                                                                                                           Tong SM
                                                   worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and
                                                   Shanghai. As Dean, he has shown great             9     UNSW Asia: a garden university in
                                                   leadership in alumni relations within the               a garden city

F
      irstly I’d like to thank all of you who
      contacted us with feedback on the last       faculty.
      edition of Alumni News. We have                 Professor Peter Smith returned to Australia    RESEARCH AND TEACHING
incorporated your comments into this edition,      in August to assume the position of Dean of       10 At the heart of the matter: the
and you will notice among other things, a          Medicine at UNSW, after four years as Dean           Centre for Vascular Research
new name, UNSWorld (thanks to Dr Ian               of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
                                                                                                     12 Thinking outside the square: the
Walker for this suggestion), a new look and        at the University of Auckland. Professor
                                                   Margaret Harding was appointed as the Dean
                                                                                                        NewSouth Global professorships
contents designed to provoke thought and
reflect the current teaching and research          of Graduate Research in July. The new             14 Brendon Parker on engineering
activities on campus, as well as providing a       Graduate Research School, which opened for           education
closer link with our development activities.       business in October, will deliver the services
    2005 has been momentous in terms of            required to support postgraduate research         ALUMNI
new appointments. In August, we were               students and supervisors.                         15 Windows onto history: Michael
delighted to welcome a new Chancellor,                In other research news, four UNSW                 Fullilove, LLB (1997)
following the retirement of Dr John Yu AC.         science researchers scooped the pool at the
David Gonski AO has had a long association         2005 Eureka Prizes, taking out three of the       16 From the President of the Alumni
with UNSW and is the first alumnus to be           prestigious awards – more than any other             Association
appointed to the role. He has been a member        university or institution. Associate Professor    17 2005 Alumni Awards
of the Board of Directors of the UNSW              James Franklin, Professor Veena Sahajwalla,       18 Executive in Residence:
Foundation since 1999, is well known for his       Associate Professor Brett Neilan and Dr              John Doumani, BCom (1978)
advocacy of corporate social responsibility        Brendan Burns won the valuable prizes for
and is widely regarded as one of the foremost      research spanning scientific ethics,              DEVELOPMENT
thinkers in Australian corporate law.              environmental sustainability and the origins
    We have also been pleased to announce          of life.                                          19 The Law Endowment Fund
the appointment of Fred Hilmer AO as our              The University also announced the winner       20 The John Lions Chair appeal
new Vice-Chancellor. He will officially start in   of its international competition to develop the   21 connection {POINT
the role in June next year. Mr Hilmer has had      Master Plan for the new UNSW Asia campus
a distinguished academic career, both here         in Singapore. Internationally acclaimed           ARTS
and overseas, with degrees in law from             architect Kerry Hill was the unanimous choice
                                                                                                     22 Fowlers Gap artist-in-residence
Sydney University and the University of            of a 10-member selection panel, which
Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton          included world-renowned Australian architect
                                                                                                        program
School of Finance, where he was appointed a        and UNSW alumnus, Dr Glenn Murcutt AO.
Joseph Wharton Fellow. From 1989 to 1998           We also set up a Foundation in Hong Kong
he was Dean and Professor of Management            which means that alumni living in Hong                Editor: Louisa Wright
at the AGSM.                                       Kong can give and gain tax benefits.                  Design: Gadfly Media
    Mr Hilmer served for seven years as CEO        Further afield, we have set up a similar              Cover image: Peter Sharp,
of John Fairfax Holdings. He has held              Foundation in the US.                                 Shadow Portrait, 2003
directorships with some of Australia's leading        Finally, we were pleased to host our annual        Printed by Rostone Print,
public companies, and chaired a number of          Wallace Wurth lecture on 27 September, with           10/71a Rhodes St Hillsdale NSW 2036
major public bodies, including the                 an attendance of well over 1000 guests.
                                                                                                         Australia Post print approved
Commonwealth Higher Education Council              Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth
                                                                                                         PP224709/00021
and the National Competition Policy Review         Evans gave an insightful speech on The
                                                                                                         UNSW, Sydney NSW 2052
Committee. He therefore brings to the role of      Global Response to Terrorism.
                                                                                                         CRICOS Provider No 00098G
Vice-Chancellor a rare combination of
experience at the highest levels of business,      Professor Mark S Wainwright AM
academia and public life.                          Vice-Chancellor and President



                                                                                                                             U N S Wo r l d   3
Highlights 2005




                                                                                                                                                      BRITTA CAMPION
    Sultan of Brunei visits UNSW
    UNSW literally rolled out the red carpet in February for the
    first visit by a royal head of state in more than 30 years. His
    Majesty the Sultan of Brunei was welcomed by Vice-
    Chancellor Professor Mark Wainwright and senior
    academics for his only visit to a university in Australia during
    his official state visit.
        His Majesty met UNSW’s two dozen students from
    Brunei and spoke briefly to each of them. On his tour of the
    campus, His Majesty visited two of UNSW’s internationally
    recognised research centres, the Centre of Excellence in
    Advanced Silicon Photovoltaics and Photonics, and the
    Centre of Excellence in Quantum Computing Technology,
    as well as the Scientia building.
        Brunei has a number of educational links with Australia
    and in 2004 had more than 700 students at Australian
    institutions. At UNSW, they are predominantly enrolled in
    petroleum engineering. UNSW students from Brunei are also           The Sultan of Brunei (centre) with Professor John Ingleson and the Bruneian
    enrolled in marketing, pathology, surveying and art programs. ■     entourage on a tour of the campus



Three, two, one, go
                                                       Meet the CEO: Michael Hawker
                                                       Michael Hawker, CEO of Insurance Australia Group and former Wallabies Vice-
                                                       Captain, was the guest speaker at the final Meet the CEO event for 2005. Defining
                                                       what can’t be done allows innovation to flourish, he said in the on-stage interview
                                                       with Helen Trinca from the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine. Trust is
                                                       the key to successful teamwork, and the team-focused culture at IAG is something
                                                       of which Mike Hawker is justly proud. “You have to trust others to serve the
                                                       customer the way you would,” he said.
                                                          In front of a capacity audience of alumni, students and friends of the Faculty of
                                                       Commerce & Economics, he shared his thoughts on what makes a great leader.
                                                       From ‘competence and capability’, influence is born, and influence leads ultimately
                                                       to success. Mr Hawker also stressed that great leaders care more about the
                                                       people who work for them than for themselves.
Drs Tamara, Veronica and Martina Preda                    Earlier speakers in the series during 2005 included Richard Pratt, chairman of
                                                       Visy Industries, and Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon. ■
Three UNSW medical students were the
world’s first recorded instance of triplets
graduating together from medicine, when they
received their testamurs at last December’s
graduation ceremony. Tamara, Veronica and               Taxing times with OECD
Martina Preda have started work at Liverpool
Hospital, alongside fellow UNSW medical                 UNSW’s taxation school, Atax, is to become the only Australasian institution in the
graduates, twins Anne and Dianne Tran.                  OECD International Network for Tax Research, which includes universities such as
   In the same graduating cohort was Casey              Harvard, Cambridge, the Sorbonne, the National University of Singapore, the
Wadwell, the first Indigenous student to                University of Hong Kong and the University of Leiden. The network’s steering
complete UNSW’s Pre-Medicine Program                    group, which met for the first time in London last month, will drive research that will
and go on to become a doctor. She has                   assist both OECD and non-OECD countries to formulate international and
returned to her home area to begin work at              domestic tax policies.
Tamworth Base Hospital. The Pre-Medicine                   “This is an exciting development for Atax,” director Professor Chris Evans said.
Program, now in its seventh year, is designed           “It reflects our global leadership credentials in tax and will expand our contribution
to address the national shortage of                     to international tax research and debate.” ■
Indigenous doctors. ■


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The business of language




                                                                                                  CULLUM MICALLEF/LAW SOCIETY JOURNAL
Australian export businesses now have a partner        Ross Woodham Scholarship
to help them address the issues of appropriate         In August the University’s commercial
cultural awareness, intercultural communication        arm, NewSouth Global, announced
and business language: the National Centre for         the establishment of the Ross
Language Training (NCLT). Announced by the             Woodham scholarship at
Federal Government last year as part of a $113         Mahanakorn University in Bangkok.
million package of measures to support Australia’s     The scholarship recognises the
international engagement, the NCLT is based at         significant contribution Ross made to
UNSW and operates through a consortium of              developing the relationship between
national partners, including five universities and     Mahanakorn and UNSW during his
the Australian TAFE Consortium (ATCON).                lifetime.
   The centre provides customised services                 The scholarship is designed to
including language and cultural readiness              enable undergraduate engineering
assessment, short courses in practical business        students to improve their English
language and seminars and workshops on cultural        language skills through study at the
awareness. The National Centre for Language            UNSW Institute of Languages. The
Training office is located at the Australian           first recipients of the scholarship will
Technology Park, the site of the former Eveleigh       take up their awards in early 2006. ■
Railway Workshops. ■

                                                                                                                                        Father Brennan and Sir Gerard Brennan
   Formation of the UNSW Hong Kong Foundation
   The University has recently established the UNSW Hong Kong Foundation. Its purpose
                                                                                                                                        Brennan and Brennan
   is to undertake development activities on behalf of the University that will provide,                                                Jesuit priest, lawyer and writer Father
   amongst other benefits, scholarships for Hong                                                                                        Frank Brennan received an Honorary
   Kong students to attend UNSW in Sydney and                                                                                           Doctorate of Laws last month. Father
   Singapore.                                                                                                                           Brennan is the author of a number of
      The Directors of the Hong Kong Foundation will                                                                                    books on Indigenous land rights,
   be Professor Mark Wainwright; Professor John                                                                                         reconciliation, civil liberties and refugees,
   Ingleson; Clare Taylor, the UNSW Director of                                                                                         and is professor of human rights and
   Marketing & Development; Rod Houng-Lee the                                                                                           social justice at the Australian Catholic
   Head of the Hong Kong Alumni Executive                                                                                               University and the University of Notre
   Committee and Dr Ronald Lu the patron of the                                                                                         Dame. His father, former Chief Justice of
   local alumni chapter.                                 Hong Kong Office Manager Liddy Korner                                          the High Court Sir Gerard Brennan,
      Liddy Korner, Manager of UNSW Hong Kong,           with colleagues Lily Ng and Peggy Lee                                          received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws
   has been instrumental in the establishment of the                                                                                    at UNSW a week later, also in recognition
   Foundation and was also on the selection panel for the UNSW Hong Kong Alumni                                                         of his eminent service to the community.
   Chapter's first scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to Li Wai Tak, a first-year                                                 Both were guest speakers at their
   optometry student. Wai Tak was also a Foundation Studies student in 2003. ■                                                          conferring ceremonies. ■


UNSW’s 2005 Federation Fellows
                                                                   Photovoltaics: the $2 million men
Scientia Professor Tom Davis, of the School of Chemical
Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, and Associate                Professor Martin Green and Dr Gavin Conibeer have won a Stanford
Professor Matthew England of the School of Mathematics             University Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) grant estimated at
have been named Federation Fellows, two of the fifteen             US$2.37million. Professor Green of the Centre of Excellence for
researchers in Australia. A further nine fellowships were          Advanced Silicon Photovoltaics and Photonics, and Dr Conibeer of the
awarded to expatriate Australians and foreign nationals,           Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering will lead a team of ten researchers
including UK neuropsychologist Professor John Hodges               investigating nanostructured silicon-based tandem solar cells.
who will come to UNSW’s School of Psychology.                         “This award allows us to explore a very original approach to solar
   The prestigious Federation Fellowships are the richest          energy conversion that uses abundant materials and little energy, but
publicly funded research fellowships to be offered in              promises high performance and low costs,” Professor Green said. ■
Australia, valued at $235,000 a year for five years. ■


                                                                                                                                                                       U N S Wo r l d   5
I N N O VAT I O N




Think ahead:
a new visual identity for UNSW




UNSW reveals new advertising
campaign and slogan


U
       NSW has already built an enviable
       reputation as one of Australia's most
       prestigious universities, however most
people do not know the depth and breadth
of what is happening within the University.
Marketing from UNSW therefore has to
capture one's imagination in order to make
people look deeper.
   After inviting several advertising agencies
to creatively pitch, UNSW has embraced a
new slogan for marketing and advertising
communications. The new slogan is
designed to appeal to all stakeholders in the
wider university community including high
school students, potential postgraduate
students, corporations and the general
public.
   The new slogan was unveiled to the
public in October and September through a        slogan. Based on market research            UNSW plans to use this slogan in all
high-frequency advertising campaign in           conducted with target audiences, the      marketing collateral over the long term to
Sydney newspapers and on the sides of            advertising has achieved cut-through in   become enduring and memorable in
buses. Three simple but striking creative        these mediums, with the feature           consumers’ minds. ■
executions served the dual purpose of            advertisement being the sassy 'bike to
promoting the Postgrad Expo and the new          Porsche' creative execution.




6   U N S Wo r l d
BRITTA CAMPION




                                                                                                                       the context of education but also his other
                                                                                                                       passion, the arts. Seven years ago he
                                                                                                                       became a member of the Prime Minister’s
                                                                                                                       Business and Community Partnership, and
                                                                                                                       chairman of that organisation’s taxation
                                                                                                                       sub-group. Extensive work followed with the
                                                                                                                       government to change tax provisions that
                                                                                                                       actively discouraged charitable donations. As
                                                                                                                       a result, in the past five years, 300 new
                                                                                                                       philanthropic foundations have been
                                                                                                                       established in Australia that have disbursed
                                                                                                                       $17 million dollars a year to charity over the
                                                                                                                       last two years alone.
                                                                                                                          “I believe very strongly in philanthropy,” he
                                                                                                                       said. “And if philanthropy is increasing, why
                                                                                                                       are people not giving back to the universities
                                                                                                                       they attended? Perhaps because they see
                                                                                                                       them as commodities. We have to change
                                                                                                                       that.”
                                                                                                                          He has been gratified by the response to
                                                                                                                       the announcement of his appointment as
                                                                                                                       Chancellor. “I have been surprised by the
                                                                                                                       warmth people have shown,” he said.
                                                                                                                       “People are stopping me in the street and
                                                                                                                       congratulating me. The goodwill is there.
                                                                                                                       Now we have to translate it and get people
                                                                                                                       feeling they are actively linked to the
                                                                                                                       university they attended. It’s the next
                                                                                                                       stage.”■




                 D
                         avid Gonski’s association with UNSW        wife and his three siblings are UNSW                 A passionate supporter of the arts,
                         started in childhood, just two years       graduates and his two older children                 David Gonski has had a long relationship
                         after his family emigrated from South      presently attend UNSW.                               with many branches of the arts and is
                 Africa. Aged nine, he sat on his father’s             “I have a love for education,” Mr Gonski          the chairman of the Australia Council for
                 shoulders at the opening of the UNSW               said. “It is not only one of the most                the Arts. He jokes that his city office is
                 Medical School in 1963. Now 85, Gonski             interesting areas of human endeavour but             perfectly located, giving him a direct line
                 senior, who taught at UNSW for 20 years            one of the most essential. This university has       of sight to both UNSW and the Art
                 and dissected many of the specimens still in       been such a part of my life and the lives of         Gallery of New South Wales, of which
                 the Anatomy Museum, was the most excited           my family. The Chancellorship gives me the           he has been president for nine years:
                 of all the family at his son’s appointment to      opportunity to give something back and to            “one more to go”. The greatest perk of
                 the Chancellorship in August.                      be involved in its growth.”                          his Art Gallery position, he considers,
                    David Gonski’s formal association with             He has been a company director for                has been to adjudicate the past nine
                 UNSW did not end after his graduation with         23 years – 27 if he includes a not-for-profit        Archibald Prizes, using his mediation
                 a BCom LLB in 1977. That year, aged 23, he         organisation, a school for disabled children –       skills to reach decisions by consensus.
                 joined the leading law firm, Freehills, and also   and has a range of chairmanships to his              He considers Gallery director Edmund
                 took up a part-time lectureship in the law         credit. Some that are potentially incompatible       Capon “inspirational – even though he
                 school, teaching industrial and intellectual       with the Chancellorship will go but the range        hates to use the red carpet”. From his
                 property. He continued teaching for five           and pace of involvement will not change.             office window one day he looked across
                 years, during which time he became a               “Something I learnt at university was time           the Domain and saw a red carpet
                 partner at Freehills aged 25.                      management – I’m very good at it. I don’t            decking the Gallery’s front steps. He
                    In the mid-1990s he was asked to                take on anything that I can’t do or can’t fit in     picked up the telephone and rang
                 participate in the fundraising program for the     with my private life.”                               Mr Capon, who told him it was there
                 Scientia building and then joined the                 The issue of philanthropy, and how to             “only because Dame Edna insisted”.
                 University Foundation. His lifetime links with     create a climate to encourage people to
                 Kensington extend throughout his family: his       donate, has long occupied him, not only in



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I N T E R N AT I O N A L




Beyond history and geography: Australia in Asia
An address by Goh Chok Tong SM
                                                   whose combined population makes up more              contributed a relief and assistance package
                                                   than one-third of humanity. Moreover, Japan          worth more than A$1billion to help affected
                                                   will continue to be a major player. The              countries.
                                                   relationship between Beijing, New Delhi and             In economics, Australia is increasingly
                                                   Tokyo will profoundly affect the regional            sewn into the tapestry of Asian production
                                                   environment. Some jostling among them is             patterns and trade flows. Last year, the top
                                                   inevitable, and periodic tensions can be             five Australian export destinations were
                                                   expected. However, I do not expect this to           Japan, China, the US, South Korea and
                                                   lead to armed conflict.                              New Zealand. Three were Asian. Australia’s
                                                      The US will maintain its global pre-              top five import sources were the US, China,
                                                   eminence in the political, military, technological   Japan, Germany and Singapore. Again,
                                                   and economic spheres for decades to come.            three were Asian.
                                                   America will remain embedded in the East                Complementing these linkages are recent
                                                   Asian regional order, as it recalibrates its         trends in the demography of Australia.
                                                   relations with China and India.
                                                      Amidst these geostrategic shifts, I believe
                                                   that Australia has a special role in the region.
                                                   Australia is a developed country rich in
                                                   natural resources, talented people and
                                                   technology. Its political and cultural values
                                                   are Western but the society has a rich Asian

W
           hen I graduated from the then-
           University of Singapore, my career
           plan was to study for a PhD and be
                                                   mix. Australia enjoys close ties with the US
                                                   and Europe. Australia is therefore well placed
                                                                                                           A garden
an academic. But that was not to be. I was
bonded to serve the Singapore Government
                                                   to serve as another nexus between the West
                                                   and Asia. But to fulfil this role, Australia’s          university
                                                   future must transcend its historical legacy
and I became a civil servant. A few years
later, I was seconded to serve in Singapore’s
fledgling national shipping line. From there, I
                                                   and geographical location. On Asia’s part, it
                                                   must take an inclusive and open approach
                                                                                                           in a garden city
was drafted into politics. So you could say        and not be trapped by traditional notions of


                                                                                                           T
                                                   geography and ethnicity.                                      he Singapore-based firm, Kerry Hill
that I failed to achieve my youthful ambition.                                                                   Architects, has conceived ‘a garden
But thanks to you, I have achieved half of my         For many Australians, debate about their
                                                   place in Asia is not new. Some of us will                     university in a garden city’ for the
dream today.                                                                                               master plan of UNSW’s Singapore
   I am grateful to the University of New          remember that in the 1990s, there was an
                                                   intense – and some would even say angst-                campus.
South Wales for conferring on me the                                                                          A celebrated Australian architect,
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws. It is           ridden – discussion about whether or not
                                                                                                           Mr Hill has practised in Singapore for the
indeed an honour not just for me but also for      Australia was truly part of Asia.
                                                                                                           past 25 years. His firm was the
Singapore, which believes in forging closer           The problem was the assumption of Asia
                                                                                                           unanimously chosen winner of an
ties with Australia. Your university is one of     as a homogeneous entity with definite and
                                                                                                           international competition by a panel that
the leading universities in Australia and the      immutable geographical borders. In reality,
                                                                                                           included world-renowned Australian
region – renowned for the quality of its           Asia has never been defined purely in terms
                                                                                                           architect Glenn Murcutt.
graduates and commitment to creative               of physical geography. It is characterised by
                                                                                                              “Kerry Hill’s scheme for UNSW Asia
approaches to education and research. That         political, ethnic, cultural, linguistic and
                                                                                                           has the potential to rank amongst the
is why we welcome your decision to set up a        religious diversity. The notion of a single,
                                                                                                           best campuses in the world,” Mr Murcutt
campus in Singapore. Yours will be the first       unchanging and homogeneous Asia was
                                                                                                           said. “It is a unique response to the
comprehensive foreign university to be             itself illusory.
                                                                                                           landscape. The scheme will give a heart
established in Singapore.                             Australia’s regional security role has               to the campus from day one.”
   We live in exciting and challenging times.      become even more important in recent                       Mr Hill envisions the idea of tropicality
Familiar strategic relationships are being         years, with the threat of transnational                 as “the recognisable identity of the
reconfigured or replaced by new ones.              terrorism. After September 11 and the                   UNSW Asia campus – a garden
Today, I want to reflect on Australia’s place in   bombings in Bali and Jakarta, it is clear that          university in a garden city”.
the emerging Asian order.                          Australia can enhance the region’s counter-                Construction of the campus is planned
   Asia is on the move, fuelled by the             terrorism capacity through co-operation in              to begin in 2006 with students
momentum of a rising China and an                  intelligence-sharing and joint operations.              commencing in 2009. UNSW Asia will
emerging India. Never before in the history of     Australia has also contributed generously to            open for business in 2007 in temporary
mankind have we witnessed the                      the region’s humanitarian needs. During last            accommodation at the former campus of
simultaneous rise of two huge powers,              December’s tsunami crisis, Australia                    Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic. ■



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About five percent, or almost one million, of      Thailand, South Korea and the Philippines         could also build on its growing involvement
Australia’s population are of Asian origin.        are treaty allies of the US. India recently       in regional capacity building.
This figure will grow. Together with our co-       embarked on a New Strategic Framework in             Australia is already looking beyond history
operation in security, economics and               defence relations with the US, while              and geography just as Asia is looking
education, these people-to-people links bind       Singapore has just signed a Strategic             beyond geography and ethnicity. Prime
Australia and Asia to each other.                  Framework Agreement in defence and                Minister Howard has said that Australians
    Singapore, too, has multi-dimensional ties     security co-operation with the US.                need not tie themselves “in knots defining
with many countries in several continents.            A far more constructive approach to the        Australia’s place in the world with some
We have strong historical links with the UK.       issue of Australia’s place in Asia would be to    unyielding, rigid formula”. This is good
The form of our relationship has evolved from      engage Australia in contributing to the           advice. I would add, neither should we tie
the colonial days, but the strength and            region’s vibrancy and diversity.                  ourselves in knots defining Australia’s place
durability of ties remain. Of course, these           Given the region’s diversity, Australia will   in Asia. Australia is in Asia. ■
historical ties are not identical to Australia’s   contribute most by playing a multi-
cultural connections with Europe, but they         dimensional role. Its status as an ASEAN
                                                                                                       This is an edited version of the speech
bear out the essential point that strong links     Dialogue Partner, its membership of the EAS
                                                                                                       given by Mr Goh Chok Tong, Senior
to Asia and Europe are not mutually                and the proposals for the ASEAN-Australia
                                                                                                       Minister of the Republic of Singapore,
exclusive.                                         and New Zealand FTA are a good start.
                                                                                                       at a ceremony in September during
    Similarly, the idea that Australia cannot be   Australia should, for instance, play a
                                                                                                       which he received an Honorary
part of an Asian grouping because of its           constructive role in helping to define the
                                                                                                       Doctorate of Laws.
alliance with the US is false. Japan,              substantive agenda of the EAS. Australia




Kerry Hill speaks about UNSW Asia
Where do you start the concept of designing        city’. Can you expand on your design vision       does this plan draw on your previous work?
a university that is a foreign presence?           for the UNSW Asia campus?                         The design begins with a landscape matrix.
By imagining I am a student thinking about         The design embodies the idea of ‘tropicality’     It is the notion of a campus where landscape
what kind of special place I would like the        as the recognisable identity of UNSW Asia. It     becomes the object and buildings are placed
university to be; a place that allows students     is not just an image but a physical               within it. In this way, landscape sets the
(and staff) to manage the social dimension of      representation of the tropics.                    structure of the campus and informs its
learning; a place with generosity of spirit; a     You’re renowned for embodying the                 growth. I believe this proposal brings together
place that imparts a sense of belonging.           environment in your work. How important is the    the best of our efforts from 25 years of
You envision a ‘garden university in a garden      landscape in the campus scheme? And how           practice in Asia. ■



                                                                                                                                  U N S Wo r l d   9
RESEARCH              AND    TEACHING




At the heart of the matter:
inside the Centre for Vascular Research

T
       he fourth floor of the Wallace Wurth

                                                 R
                                                         esearchers at the CVR are also
       Building is an unassuming space, with             working towards developing drugs to
       faded posters and labyrinthine                    combat cardiovascular diseases. “My
corridors covered in laminate. But it is here    work is largely focused on atherosclerosis,
that you find some of the most highly            the build-up of fatty deposits on the inside
regarded medical researchers in the country,     walls of arteries,” said biochemist Professor
who are members of the Centre for Vascular       Roland Stocker, head of the Vascular Redox
Research (CVR).                                  Processes Group who looks at oxidation
   “I really wanted to build a research group    reactions involving free radicals and other
in a hospital and university environment,        oxidants.
rather than an institute,” founder and             “We have had a surprise finding with one
Director, Professor Colin Chesterman, said.      drug, called Probucol, which is already used
Professor Chesterman now presides over a         on people who have heart disease, or those
centre that has also grown to include            who are at high risk of it,” Professor Stocker
laboratories at the Australian National          said. “We have done tests on animals which
University and Monash University, as well as     show that the drug has several protective
St George Hospital and the original lab in the   activities unrelated to the oxidation of
Department of Haematology at the Prince of       cholesterol. It actually has benefit on a
Wales Hospital.                                  cellular level.”
   The centre is gaining momentum, winning
18 of the 21 research grant applications it

                                                 A
                                                        ssociate Professor Wendy Jessup,
submitted for 2005. That figure represents an           who with Associate Professor Len
astonishing 86 percent success rate, far                Kritharides leads the Macrophage
above the national average of 20 to 30           Biology Group, is also interested in
percent. “The success of the CVR in funding      atherosclerosis. “Our main interest is in the
alone shows that we are really maturing as       cells that are accumulating cholesterol and
an organisation,” Professor Chesterman said.     getting rid of it,” she said. “We want to find
                                                 out how it works in healthy cells and then
                                                                                                   One of the clear reasons
E
       ight of the CVR’s 14 research groups      how it might go wrong in atherosclerosis.”
       are based at UNSW. One, the                  One project looks at a protein that acts as
       Disulphide Switching Group, is led by
Professor Philip Hogg. This group is
                                                 a cholesterol ‘pump’ to remove cholesterol
                                                 from the cells. Professor Jessup hopes to
                                                                                                   the CVR has been so
responsible for a discovery that could
become an entirely new field of research in
                                                 establish how these pumps work and how
                                                 to stimulate or block them, through the
                                                                                                   successful is because of
itself. Professor Hogg and his team have         development of new drugs.                         the wonderfully talented
discovered a new mechanism governing
proteins, which can determine what they do.                                                        people who are a part of it
                                                 S
                                                       ome of the research from the CVR
    “People thought that disulphide bonds              explores the very building blocks of life
held proteins together, but were otherwise             to come up with clinical applications.
inert,” Professor Hogg said. “Since the late     Professor Levon Khachigian, head of the
1990s we have shown that some disulphide         Transcription and Gene Targeting Laboratory
bonds actually control how proteins work,        at the CVR, leads a team interested in gene
rather than just hold them together.”            therapy and anti-gene therapy.
    The process, which they dubbed                  “Gene therapy is defined by the
disulphide switching, has been shown by          introduction of a given gene, which may well
the CVR to occur in four different proteins so   already be expressed at the site of interest at
far – but the research could have a far          low levels, and just topped up,” Professor
greater impact. “The indications are that        Khachigian said. “Anti-gene therapy is when
disulphide switching may be relevant to all      you use strategies to knock down a so-
life forms,” Professor Hogg said.                called bad gene.”
    The research has led to the development of      Most recently his lab has had significant
a drug, GSAO, which inhibits tumour blood        success in anti-gene therapy with DNA
vessel formation and tumour growth (see box).    enzymes. “These molecular tools are



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                                                                                                                      BRITTA CAMPION
                                                                                                  Trial run may
                                                                                                  stop growth

                                                                                                  H
                                                                                                         uman safety trials of a drug that
                                                                                                         could revolutionise the treatment
                                                                                                         of certain types of tumours will
                                                                                                  get underway in early 2006.
                                                                                                     GSAO, which has been developed
                                                                                                  by Professor Philip Hogg and his team
                                                                                                  at the CVR, has been shown to stop
                                                                                                  tumours from growing larger than
                                                                                                  microscopic size in pre-clinical testing.
                                                                                                  The compound works by inhibiting
                                                                                                  tumour blood vessel formation.
                                                                                                     “Our research focuses on trying to
                                                                                                  turn cancer into a disease that can be
                                                                                                  managed on a lifelong basis,” Professor
                                                                                                  Hogg said. In principle, this compound
essentially tiny bits of DNA that we have       develop new ways to treat heart and blood
                                                                                                  should be effective against all solid
custom-designed to find and destroy the         diseases. The work concentrates on the
                                                                                                  tumours. GSAO derived from the
gene of interest,” he said. “They bind to a     studies of the genes that regulate stem cell
                                                                                                  concept of disulphide switching, which
string of genetic material which arises from    differentiation to heart muscle cells and
                                                                                                  Professor Hogg and his team
the DNA, called RNA, and snip it.”              blood cells.
                                                                                                  discovered in 1997.
   RNA is significant because it is the go-        “I believe that one day we could inject
                                                                                                     “This protein chemistry we described
between in the conversion of genetic code       bone marrow stem cells into someone who
                                                                                                  happens mostly outside the cell and
into protein, which ultimately controls cell    has had a heart attack,” Professor Chong
                                                                                                  drugs that target this process don’t
behaviour. Professor Khachigian hopes           said. “If we understood how to manipulate
                                                                                                  have the burden of crossing the cell
these DNA enzymes might be used as              the genes, then you could take some stem
                                                                                                  membrane,” Professor Hogg said.
drugs. While his anti-gene therapeutic          cells, and inject those into the heart,
                                                                                                     The Cancer Council NSW has
studies show great promise, his lab’s efforts   effectively creating some new, healthy heart
                                                                                                  recently given Professor Hogg
in gene therapy are also showing potential.     cells.” Professor Chong said this could
                                                                                                  significant extra funding to further his
   “The idea we’re exploring is that gene       eventually prevent people from having to
                                                                                                  research. This follows a five-year grant
therapy might also be used in the injured       wait for a heart transplant.
                                                                                                  of more than a million dollars from the
vessel wall to add back a repressor or             “Understanding the genes which regulate
                                                                                                  Council that was awarded in 2000. If
suppressor of growth,” he said. “That should    the stem cells differentiating into blood cells
                                                                                                  the human safety trials of GSAO are
give the same result as an anti-gene therapy,   will give us an insight into the mechanisms
                                                                                                  successful, further trials to test whether
depending on the growth gene being              of blood diseases such as leukaemia,” he
                                                                                                  it works are planned for late 2006 in
targeted or anti-growth gene being over-        said. “This could lead to the better diagnosis
                                                                                                  Australia and probably North America.
expressed.”                                     and treatment of these diseases.” ■
                                                                                                     “There is nothing that would please
                                                                                                  me more than to do something that


P
     rofessor Beng Hock Chong is the
                                                                                                  makes an impact on human health,”
     leader of the Platelet and                     More information about the CVR
                                                                                                  Professor Hogg said. ■
     Megakaryocyte Group, which hopes to            is at www.cvr.net.au.



                                                                                                                                       U N S Wo r l d   11
RESEARCH AND TEACHING




Thinking




                                                                                                                                                                          COPYRIGHT WHO/P. VIROT
outside the
square:
introducing the
cross-faculty
professors


2005
                     has seen the                  responsible for the eradication of smallpox         for law reform in relation to Indigenous art
                     appointment of five           and attended the last case of this disease in       saforgery.
                     outstanding academics         Asia.                                                  “I consider Indigenous art to be the most
appointed to UNSW’s new cross-faculty                 “My experience has shown that if you             important art movement to have occurred in
chairs, established as part of a bid to capture    really want to achieve significant impact           Australia to date,” said Professor Johnson,
new areas of groundbreaking collaborative          through sound public health practices, you          whose cross-faculty chair spans COFA, Arts
research. The appointments follow an               can’t solely do it from a medical or health         and Social Sciences, and Law. Most recently
international and nationwide search for            approach,” he said. “You have to involve a          with the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research
outstanding academics able to transcend            variety of disciplines, in particular law and       at ANU, she has combined ethnographic,
traditional boundaries between disciplines.        social sciences.”                                   sociological, philosophical and art history
The Professorships are funded by and                  It is this multidisciplinary approach that       research. Her role at UNSW will focus on
named for the University’s commercial arm,         attracted Professor Tarantola to the                Indigenous art and new media, copyright
NewSouth Global.                                   NewSouth Global Chair in Health and                 and cultural sovereignty issues, and a new
                                                   Human Rights. “This position is unique in           Australian art history.
Health and human rights:                           that it brings three faculties together. There is      Professor Johnson’s biographical
Daniel Tarantola                                   nothing like this anywhere else in the world,”      dictionary of Western Desert artists will form
                                                   he said.                                            part of the blueprint to be developed for the
Daniel Tarantola’s passion for health and
                                                      Professor Tarantola will bring together          Dictionary of Australian Artists Online.
human rights stretches back 35 years to his
                                                   researchers from Medicine, Arts and Social             “It’s a revolutionary development to include
native France. As a young doctor with an
                                                   Sciences, and Law to work on issues such            Indigenous artists alongside non-Indigenous
interest in international events, he saw the
                                                   as HIV/AIDS, migration, post-conflict               artists across the entire landscape of
injustice of health aid being tied to political
                                                   situations and others where the neglect or          Australian art since colonisation,” Professor
motives. The small group he helped to
                                                   violation of human rights breed ill health and      Johnson said. “One of the ways for
establish went on to have a big future, the
                                                   poverty.                                            Indigenous artists to be recognised as
Nobel Peace Prize-winning Médecins sans
                                                      “Where action is most needed now is in           contemporary artists will be for their work to
Frontières (MSF).
                                                   the research field and the documentation of         be explored thoroughly and documented in
   “Until MSF started, official government
                                                   the powerful synergy between health and             the same way non-Indigenous work might
assistance or formal non-governmental
                                                   human rights. We need to collect the                be. However, in compiling the dictionary, we
agencies and faith-based groups active in
                                                   evidence and make it known. UNSW has                must ensure it’s designed with database
humanitarian health work were limited by
                                                   created an innovative opportunity to bring
their political or ideological focus,” Professor
                                                   out this evidence through multidisciplinary
Tarantola said. “We felt that there was a need
                                                   research and make it the essence of our
                                                                                                                                                         BRITTA CAMPION




for a way in which doctors could intervene in
                                                   teaching.”
any conflict situation or disaster and focus on
the victims, regardless of how governments         New Media Narrative and
looked upon them.”
   Professor Tarantola was MSF’s first doctor      Theory: Vivien Johnson
to travel to the West African country of Upper     Indigenous art has been a lifelong obsession
Volta, now known as Burkino Faso, where            for Vivien Johnson, the NewSouth Global
chronic poverty had been aggravated by a           Professor of New Media Narrative and
catastrophic drought. It was the first of many     Theory, who has spearheaded the
such stints, such as a posting in the 1970s        recognition of Indigenous art as part of
to northern Bangladesh where he supervised         contemporary Australian art and promoted
the World Health Organization team                 awareness of copyright issues and the need


12   U N S Wo r l d
             fields and search categories that are             and deepen the links that we have
             genuinely cross-cultural.”                        outside of Australia – that’s
                 The 1990s boom in contemporary                important,” he said. “I plan to
             Indigenous fine art has seen Professor            pursue more international
             Johnson’s focus shift to the campaign for         collaborations, particularly in
             intellectual and cultural property rights for     emerging areas of concern such
             Indigenous artists and communities and the        as criminalisation and human
             issue of Indigenous art forgery. Professor        rights abuses.”
             Johnson will continue her pioneering work on         Collaboration is an important
             forgery at the University through The Clifford    theme in Professor Cunneen’s
             Possum Project: On Forgery and Forensics          approach. He is a committed




                                                                                                                                                                       BRITTA CAMPION
             in Indigenous Art.                                advocate of interdisciplinary
                 Another major project Professor Johnson       activity – a key part of the NSG
             will undertake at UNSW is an exhibition of        Professor’s role. “Criminology as
             large Papunya Tula canvases from the 1970s        an area of study is inherently
             from the National Museum of Australia             interdisciplinary, in that it draws on
             collection. She will also undertake research      law, history, sociology, psychology and           articulate consequences and future
             on urban Indigenous art, with particular focus    medical sciences, so it is an area of study       scenarios,” he said. “We’ve been on a path
             on NSW. “Artists like Gordon Syron                that lends itself to this approach.”              of material development so far. We need to
             pioneered a tradition of angry political             It was this broad range of intellectual        ask ‘How does society need to grow? What
             Indigenous art which addresses issues that        traditions that attracted Professor Cunneen       kind of society do we want?’ In my mind,
             people don’t like to think about,” Professor      to criminology. “My interest came from the        this is the bigger context in which this
             Johnson said. “But that’s one of art’s most       disciplines of history and sociology, not law.    position sits.”
             important functions in our society: to            My focus has always been on the institutions         Not that the artistic aspect of design is
             challenge people.”                                of crime control rather than, say, the            downplayed. Professor Hough, a principal
                                                               psychology of offending. But that’s what is       with the international Arup Group, believes
             Criminology: Chris Cunneen                        so appealing about this area – there is not       we need iconic and beautiful projects to
             For Chris Cunneen, the NewSouth Global            just one way of looking at an issue.”             draw attention to such easily overlooked
             Professorship in Criminology brings with it          Also on Professor Cunneen’s list is a          factors as the energy efficiency of a building,
             two valuable prizes: a research budget and        significant project on prisons, which he          for example.
             time.                                             hopes will draw on the expertise of UNSW             “Our broader based vision of design and
                “It’s very exciting to have a research chair   academics to look at the growth in the use        how we can use it could also be a major
             of this standing,” Professor Cunneen said. “In    of imprisonment over the last 20 years in         boon to our economy,” Associate Professor
             the area of criminology, there previously         Australia.                                        Jackson said. “I believe we have a major
             haven’t been these opportunities available in                                                       export industry in property development –
             Australia.                                        Multidisciplinary Design:                         creative services that we can offer to
                                                                                                                 countries around the world.”
                “There are some excellent people in            Richard Hough and Davina                             Extending UNSW’s reach internationally
             criminology in various faculties here, so the
             idea of working with them and putting             Jackson                                           is an important part of the Multidisciplinary
             together joint research proposals to further      Richard Hough is a leading structural             Design agenda. Workshops have been
             develop the profile of criminology is also very   engineer and a principal with one of the          conducted with Politecnico di Milano, a
             appealing.” Building on the University’s          world’s largest independent integrated            key design centre in Italy, to build a
             criminology research group, the                   design firms. Davina Jackson is an                collaboration that will form the basis of a
             professorship in Criminology involves the         architectural writer and curator and a            design initiative in NSW. ■
             faculties of Law, Arts and Social Sciences,       promoter of progressive architecture and
             and Science.                                      design. Together the two, who have                   The first NewSouth Global
                “The other area that’s an important part of    complementary positions as Professor and             Professorship to be announced, in
             the role of the professorship is to establish     Associate Professor of Multidisciplinary             early 2005, was that of biochemist
                                                               Design, personify the goals of their                 Caroline (Lindy) Rae, who was
                                                               appointment.                                         appointed as NewSouth Global
                                                                  “It’s a bringing together of the yin and the
ALEX CLARK




                                                                                                                    Professor in Brain Sciences based at
                                                               yang, I suppose,” Professor Hough said.              the Prince of Wales Medical Research
                                                               “Lots of architects notice there’s another half      Institute.
                                                               to what they do and vice versa [with                    “Studying the brain is like looking at
                                                               engineers]. Our job is to bring those roles          a room though a keyhole,” said
                                                               more closely together.”                              Professor Rae, who is internationally
                                                                  In looking for connections between the            recognised for her expertise in
                                                               faculties of Engineering, the Built                  magnetic resonance. “You get a very
                                                               Environment and the College of Fine Arts,            narrow perspective. By providing an
                                                               the pair is working towards an integrated            interdisciplinary approach, it will be like
                                                               approach to design.                                  having dozens of keyholes.”
                                                                  “It is up to engineers and architects to



                                                                                                                                              U N S Wo r l d      13
OPINION




Change and opportunity in higher education:
a perspective from Engineering
BY BRENDON PARKER                                    The Dawkins reforms resulted in                    delivery of lower cost, high-demand
                                                  professional engineering programs in 34               programs (for example, business and law).
                                                  universities and a large reduction in the sub-        This may affect the overall economies of
                                                  professional workforce. At some institutions,         publicly funded universities, which will need

T
        hese personal comments are
        prompted by the recent discussion         entry to engineering is not demanding in              to provide expensive disciplines such as
        paper from Brendan Nelson (Minister       terms of UAI and this has changed the                 engineering and medicine and programs
for Education, Science and Training) entitled     perception of young people in their choice of         essential to our culture such as those in the
Building University Diversity. They are written   program. Many graduates now fulfil the roles          humanities.
from the point of view of my position as the      previously undertaken by sub-professionals,              There is a view that the best engineers in
leader of a large and successful engineering      further eroding the standing of the                   the world come from specialist institutions
faculty that enjoys an excellent reputation for   profession in the eyes of the community.              that focus on science and technology.
its research and the quality of its graduates.    Professions such as law and medicine were             Imperial College, MIT, Ecole Polytechnique in
My task is to sustain and enhance that            much less affected by the Dawkins reforms             Paris, ETH Zurich, KTH Stockholm, HKUST
reputation in a climate of a reduction in the     and have been able to maintain their                  in Hong Kong and the Indian IITs come to
real value of government funding per              standing.                                             mind. It may be, however, that the perceived
student.                                             The possibility of teaching-only universities      excellence of these institutions is due to their
   Engineering is vital is for a prosperous and   may provide the opportunity to return to a            ability to attract the very best students rather
sustainable future for Australia and a            small number of professional engineering              than their nature as specialist institutions.
significant number of our best and brightest      schools in research-intensive universities            They attract top students because the
young people need to be attracted to the          with sub-professional degrees offered in the          community is aware of the impact of their
profession. The Nelson paper canvasses a          teaching-only institutions. Graduates from            research and the success of their graduates.
number of options for the future that include     sub-professional programs could continue              The specialised nature of their programs
teaching-only universities, opening up            into professional schools or they could enter         makes it easier to articulate their mission to
tertiary education to private and international   the workforce, helping to meet the massive            the community.
providers and specialist institutions focusing    skill shortage. Germany has an excellent                 In conclusion, there is opportunity and
on a limited range of programs.                   system of three-year and five-year programs           challenge ahead – which is about all that
   It is interesting to look at the present       and the European education reforms                    does not change! ■
discussion in the context of engineering          emerging from the Bologna accord will see a
education prior to the Dawkins reforms of         somewhat similar structure adopted
the late eighties. In those days professional     throughout Europe.
                                                                                                          Brendon Parker is Dean of the Faculty
engineering programs were offered by a               It is unlikely that private providers will offer
                                                                                                          of Engineering and was President of
small number of universities (twelve) and         undergraduate engineering. Curricula and
                                                                                                          the Australian Council of Engineering
there were many sub-professional                  resources are strongly influenced by the
                                                                                                          Deans until the end of 2004. He is
engineering-related programs in the Colleges      need for professional accreditation and this
                                                                                                          currently chair of the Go8 Engineering
of Advanced Education. The engineering            makes engineering very expensive to deliver.
                                                                                                          Deans and Associates. The views
workforce consisted of a small number of          Maintenance of standards is essential in the
                                                                                                          expressed are his own.
professional engineers directing the work of      interest of the safety of the community.
a larger number of sub-professionals.             Private providers may be attracted to the




14   U N S Wo r l d
                                                                                                                             ALUMNI




Windows onto history:
the best Australian speeches

M
         ichael Fullilove’s day job is the          Michael made his selections based both
         analysis of foreign policy; speeches   on historical relevance but, even more, on
         are his hobby – but there is           ‘readability’. As a speechmaker and
crossover. “Speeches are still the currency     speechwriter himself, he looked for rhythm,
of politics and to some extent of foreign       colour, style and delivery – “like lacework
policy – they are a way of transacting          on a Paddington terrace,” he said, “all
business in foreign policy,” Michael said.      these things attract an observer’s attention
“[Former foreign minister] Bill Hayden used     and please the senses.” As a result, the
to say that in diplomacy, words are bullets.    book is neither a textbook nor a collection
Speeches matter – but Australians don’t         selected solely on historical significance.
go for the highfalutin’ kind.”                  “It’s to be enjoyed – and to be read aloud.”
   Michael calls the speeches that he has           And the choice of title, the most
compiled in Men and Women of Australia!         famous salutation in Australian history?
Our Greatest Modern Speeches, published         “Of course Gough Whitlam was a great
in November, “our greatest speeches of          speaker, and the title nods to a very
the modern era, from Federation to the          famous Australian speech, but it also
present”.                                       acknowledges the importance of the
   Among the inclusions are speeches by         audience. Every speech, and every
Robert Menzies at the burial of Winston         speechmaker, needs an audience – a
Churchill; soldier Frank Bethune on the         speech is a contract between the two.” ■
Western Front (see box); Paul Keating at
the interment of the unknown Australian
soldier; Richie Benaud on Donald                   Frank Bethune:
Bradman; Vida Goldstein on the rights of
women; Robert Hughes on an Australian
                                                   This position will be held
head of state. Speeches by non-                    In March 1918, Lieutenant Frank
Australians include Douglas MacArthur on           Bethune and his section were
the battle for Australia; Pope John Paul II        ordered to defend an exposed
on Aboriginal civilisation; and Bill Clinton       position on the Western Front.
on our ethnic diversity.                           Bethune issued the following Special
   Michael (LLB 1997) sees speeches as             Orders to his men, all of whom had
time capsules. “Regardless of the speaker          volunteered to follow him to the
and the venue,” Michael said, “all have            position. Given that Bethune’s section
something to say about Australia.” He              consisted of only seven souls, military
believes it is important to read speeches          historians think it likely that the orders   Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director
for the same reason it is important to read        were issued verbally as well as in           for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute
history – understanding where we have              writing. Although isolated, the section      for International Policy, has worked as
been helps to show where we are now                held the position for eighteen days.         a lawyer, a volunteer in the United
and where we are going, and many issues                                                         Nations Transitional Administration in
                                                   ◆ This position will be held, and the
from earlier generations still have                                                             East Timor, and an advisor to Prime
                                                     section will remain here until
resonance and still influence aspects of                                                        Minister Paul Keating. He was a
                                                     relieved.
Australian culture. He cites issues from the                                                    consultant to Frank Lowy AC on the
                                                   ◆ The enemy cannot be allowed to
World War I period, a time that still exerts                                                    establishment of the Lowy Institute.
                                                     interfere with this programme.
a powerful influence on the national                                                               Michael graduated in international
                                                   ◆ If the section cannot remain here
imagination, and the recurrent debate over                                                      relations and law from the Universities
                                                     alive, it will remain here dead, but
time on the question of a republic and an                                                       of Sydney and New South Wales, with
                                                     in any case it will remain here.
Australian head of state.                                                                       dual university medals. He was a
                                                   ◆ Should any man, through shell
   Asked to name his favourite speech,                                                          Rhodes Scholar at the University of
                                                     shock or other cause, attempt to
Michael was unable to select just one.                                                          Oxford, where he took a master’s
                                                     surrender, he will remain here
“The Keating eulogy in 1993 for the                                                             degree in international relations and
                                                     dead.
unknown soldier has not been bettered in                                                        wrote his doctorate on Franklin D
                                                   ◆ Should all guns be blown out, the
Australian history as a piece of formal                                                         Roosevelt’s foreign policy. His first
                                                     section will use Mills grenades,
rhetoric – but Frank Bethune, a Cambridge                                                       book, Men and Women of Australia!
                                                     and other novelties.
Blue who enlisted for World War I, made                                                         Our Greatest Modern Speeches, is
                                                   ◆ Finally, the position, as stated, will
some stunning speeches, and Menzies                                                             published by Vintage.
                                                     be held.
himself was a brilliant debater.”



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ALUMNI




From the President of the Alumni Association
                                                      membership available to all.                       through our 2005 Speaker Series. The 2006
                                                         Thus with the stroke of a pen, our Alumni       Series will get underway in mid-February.
                                                      Association membership has increased               More details on these programs can be
                                                      dramatically. This practice has been adopted       found on the alumni website: see
                                                      by many of the world’s leading universities as     www.alumni.unsw.edu.au.
                                                      a means of encouraging greater involvement            Fundamental to a successful alumni
                                                      by alumni in the activities of their university.   program is our ability to keep in touch with
                                                         Your Board has been looking at how best         you, our members. If you have not already
                                                      we might exploit this new arrangement with         availed yourself of the offer to alumni of a
                                                      the University and our greatly expanded            free, lifelong University email address I would
                                                      membership base. Certainly we see a                strongly urge you to do so. Again, the

W
          elcome to UNSWorld! A new
          magazine for the many friends of            continuation of our traditional activities such    website has details, and signing up takes no
          UNSW, including the 150,000 or so           as the Alumni Scholarships Program, the            time at all.
alumni who are spread across Australia and            Alumni Awards and the Graduand Awards                 This benefit is available wherever you
located in more than 50 overseas countries.           Programs.                                          might be located and its overwhelming
Alumni will find it an excellent way of keeping          But in this information age we believe we       advantage is that your alumni colleagues,
in touch with their University, and the               must also offer alumni access to what we           your faculty and school can always reach
activities and events that are of direct interest     might call brain food. UNSW is one of              you.
to them.                                              Australia’s leading centres of learning and of        I invite your active participation in alumni
   The Alumni Association’s relationship with         research and our alumni are engaged in a           affairs through your Association. Eight
the University has undergone some                     process of lifelong learning which doesn’t         governors are elected by alumni and ballot
fundamental changes these past eighteen               end at graduation. So we offer our alumni          papers go to all alumni for whom a current
months. Chief of these is the decision to             access to the University library at a much-        address is on file. Another good reason to
abolish the former membership fee                     reduced fee.                                       ensure your contact details are up to date!
structure; all alumni of the University are              And this year we have also introduced
now automatically members of the                      privileged access to some of the exciting          Peter Bergman
Association, with the benefits of                     research being undertaken by UNSW faculty,         President, 2005




     Election to the Board of Governors of the UNSW Alumni Association
     WANTED                                            HOW TO OBTAIN A NOMINATION FORM                   entitled to vote in the election at their last
     The Alumni Association will be calling for        Nominations will open on Monday                   known address. Ballot papers that do not
     nominations in February 2006 from UNSW            20 February 2006. Completed nomination            reach the Returning Officer by close of ballot
     Alumni for the election of four alumni to the     forms must be lodged with the Returning           will not be counted in the election.
     Alumni Association Board of Governors to be       Officer before 5:00 pm on Monday
     held in 2006.                                     20 March 2006. Each nomination form must          FURTHER ENQUIRIES
                                                       be signed by two alumni who are Ordinary          For nomination enquiries, contact the
     POSITION DETAILS                                  Members of the Alumni Association and             Elections Office by phone on +61 (2) 9385
     Elected governors will serve a four-year term     endorsed with the signature of the candidate.     1546 or email elections@unsw.edu.au. For
     commencing 1 July 2006.                           To obtain a nomination form:                      general information about what it means to
                                                                                                         serve as an Alumni Governor, contact the
     ELIGIBILITY                                       ■   collect a nomination form from the            Alumni Association Executive Officer on
     If you are an Ordinary Member of the Alumni           Reception counter, at the main entrance to    +61 (2) 9385 3193 or email
     Association you are eligible to stand for             The Chancellery, UNSW                         alumni@unsw.edu.au.
     election and to vote. If you are an Honorary      ■   request a nomination form from the
     member of the Alumni Association you are              Elections Office (see below)
     not eligible to stand for election or to vote.    ■   print a nomination form from the internet
         Under the Alumni Association                      at http://www.elections.unsw.edu.au/
     Constitution, graduates of the University are
     entitled to be Ordinary Members. Any              ELECTIONS
     graduate who does not wish to be an               If necessary, a postal ballot will be conducted
     Ordinary Member of the Association should         closing at 5.00pm on Tuesday 6 June 2006.
     advise the Executive Officer.                     Ballot papers will be posted to persons




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2005 Alumni Awards

U
       NSW is proud to acknowledge the                  Director of the Australian Stock Exchange, a
       accomplishments and achievements of our          member of the Council for Multicultural Australia
       alumni. In October 2005, four graduates          and a member of the Government’s Business
were presented with Alumni Awards by the                Regulatory Advisory Group.
UNSW Alumni Association. The winners were
                                                        For contributions to the community:
recognised for their outstanding efforts in their
                                                        Susan Hayes AO
fields of expertise as well as the wider
                                                        (BA ’68, PhD ’74)
community at a presentation during a gala
                                                        Associate Professor Hayes is head of the
alumni event at Kensington.
                                                        Department of Behavioural Sciences in Medicine           John Prescott
   The graduates recognised were:
                                                        at the University of Sydney. In 2004, she was
For business and commerce:                              made a Fellow of the International Association
John Prescott AC                                        for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability.
(BCom ’62, Hon DSc ’95)                                    Professor Hayes’s work has been primarily in
Mr Prescott has had a distinguished career of           the field of intellectual disability, in which she has
more than 40 years with BHP, one of Australia’s         demonstrated leadership in the fight for rights for
industry giants. He was Managing Director and           people with intellectual disabilities. She has been
Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 1998.              a consultant to the NSW Law Reform
   He has been Chairman of ASC Pty Ltd                  Commission and has undertaken research in
(previously Australian Submarine Corporation)           prisons and courts across Australia and in the
since 2000 and Chairman of the Sunshine Coast           United Kingdom. Her research findings have
Business Council since 2004. Internationally he         been presented in evidence to the NSW
is a director of Newmont Mining Corporation and         Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social
was also a member of the Booze Allen &                  Issues as part of its inquiry into early intervention
Hamilton Advisory Board, the International              and the prevention of crime, and also to the
Council of JP Morgan Chase & Co and the Asia            NSW Parliamentary Select Committee’s inquiry             Jillian Segal
Pacific Advisory Committee of the New York              into the increase in the prison population.
Stock Exchange and a trustee of the Conference
                                                        For science and technology:
Board of USA, among others.
                                                        Gordon Parker
For Arts/Law:                                           (MD ’78, PhD ’83, DSc ’97)
Jillian Segal AM                                        Gordon Barraclough Parker was head of the
(BA ’77, LLB ’79)                                       School of Psychiatry from 1983 to 2002 and
Ms Segal has had an outstanding career as a             director of Psychiatry of Prince of Wales/Prince
lawyer, regulator and director. She became a            Henry Hospitals from 1983 to 1996. In 2001
partner at Allen Allen & Hemsley in 1986 after          he was awarded a Scientia Professorship at
serving as an Associate to Sir Anthony Mason of         UNSW.
the High Court. From 1997 to 2002 Ms Segal                 In 2004, he was identified as the most highly
was a Commissioner and then Deputy Chairman             internationally cited scientist in the field of
of the Australian Securities & Investments              Psychiatry/Psychology in Australia receiving a
Commission (ASIC) where she had a particular            Citation Laureate. In 2005, he was identified as
focus on policy formulation, policy responses to        the most productive researcher in the Faculty of
the needs of business and implementation of             Medicine over the preceding three-year period.           Susan Hayes
legislative reforms in the financial services           He has published more than 500 scientific
industry.                                               articles and has been author of six books.
   In 2002 Ms Segal left ASIC to participate in            Professor Parker is internationally recognised
the Dawson Committee Review of the Trade                for his work in the field of mood disorders. He
Practices Act. From 2002 she served as                  has acted as a pioneer for advanced study and
Chairman of the Banking & Financial Services            treatment in his field of mood disorders and
Ombudsman (BFSO), resigning in 2004 to                  inspired many students to follow his lead. He is a
become a Director of the National Australia             founding director of the Black Dog Institute,
Bank.                                                   affiliated with UNSW and recently funded by the
   Ms Segal is also a member of the Major               NSW State Government. This Institute aims to
Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.         advance the understanding, diagnostics and
The Board’s objective is to work together with          management of mood disorders by continuously
state funding agencies and major performing             raising standards of clinical research, education
arts companies to achieve a major performing            and training in this field. In doing so the Institute
arts sector that is artistically vibrant, financially   aims to improve the lives of those affected and,
viable and broadly accessible. Jillian is also a        in turn, the lives of their families and friends. ■      Gordon Parker



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ALUMNI




“Strong ethics guide most business people”:
John Doumani, Executive in Residence and distinguished alumnus




                                                                                                                                                         SUSI HAMILTON
E
       thics, corporate accountability and        in this area through outstanding initiatives like      He is one of the founders of Corporate
       making a contribution are key              the Co-op scholarship program and the               Countdown, a philanthropic organisation that
       motivators for John Doumani, the new       Meet the CEO series. He hopes to help build         has raised $750,000 from three annual
executive-in-residence at the Faculty of          on that by bringing his own practical               events to date.
Commerce & Economics.                             experiences and perspectives into the                  “We have had some well-known
   “There’s this perception that people in        faculty, as well as by enlisting support from a     performers play alongside some leaders in
business are all like JR Ewing [from the TV       range of industry colleagues and contacts.          business,” he said. “We’ve also unleashed
series Dallas], that we’re all out to make a         Ask him about what he believes is the key        some great musical talent. I’m in a rock band
dollar at any cost,” said John, who is the        to success in business and he responds with         now and we have provided a spark for
past president of Campbell’s International.       passion. “You need a collaborative business         others, like another alumnus David Lowy
“But it isn’t like that. Strong ethics guide      environment, based on an open culture with          from Westfield, to strut their stuff in a more
most business people.                             no hidden agendas. Those are the                    serious way.”
   “Businesses that have a strong set of ethics   organisations that are able to move faster             John (BCom 1978) is also looking at ways
survive; those that are cut-throat don’t last.”   and smarter than any other company.”                in which the Faculty of Commerce and
   In his new role in the faculty, these             He is keen to share this perspective with        Economics can develop links with the
passions are combined. He hopes to give           students.                                           community and with non-profit organisations.
back to the University where he studied and          “The point of entry is having the technical         “There is such great intellectual capacity in
to develop stronger links between the Faculty     skills,” John said. “But what makes people          the faculty,” he said. “It would be great to
and industry.                                     powerful in terms of getting things done is         share that around a little. Philanthropic
   “I believe that a university degree provides   their ability to work with others.”                 organisations run on such a tight budget, so
terrific technical training in a formal sense,”      This philosophy has taken him through his        perhaps we could help build their capabilities
John said. “If that can be enhanced by            career in the consumer goods industry,              in terms of business planning and marketing,
adding a level of practical experience, I think   including positions with multinationals such as     for instance.
that’s a huge advantage to the students and       Unilever Australasia, Johnson & Johnson and            “At the same time, this will offer great
a huge service to industry.”                      Campbell’s. Lately, he has used the same            practical experience to our students. It will be
   The faculty has already made great strides     approach with the non-profit sector.                a real win-win.” ■



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The Law Endowment Fund

T
       he University of New South Wales Law      in the new building with 12 smaller teaching    Fund is vital to the future success of our
       Faculty has been the innovator and        rooms adding flexible learning spaces for an    institution.
       pacesetter in legal education and legal   interactive style of teaching.                     On 26 October, Chancellor David Gonski
research in Australia since its opening in          For the first time, the school will have a   AO, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark
1970 by the foundation Dean, Professor Hal       large lecture theatre for public lectures and   Wainwright and Dean of Law, Professor
Wootten. The new Law Building is an              presentations. The new auditorium space         Leon Trakman, marked an important
exciting project on the UNSW Kensington          has a seating capacity for 350 people and       milestone in the law campaign, with the
campus and will deliver a leading edge           the Harvard-style lecture theatres              Lighting of the Flame ceremony and
facility located on one of the most high-        accommodate 90 students. These larger           announcement of key partners, both
profile sites on campus in 2006.                 venues will also be available as centrally      corporate and individual. The support
   The new law building provides strong          allocated teaching spaces (CATS).               shown by law alumni and their firms shows
connections to the broader campus                   Planning an adequate resource base is        an exceptional generosity and passion for
community and public realm. It finally           essential. For this reason we embarked on       the work of the Faculty of Law and inspires
incorporates the Law Faculty, Atax,              a campaign to establish a Law Endowment         us as we embark on this $10 million
Kingsford Legal Centre and ten leading           Fund of $10 million. This vision is just the    challenge. Join us as we continue to light
research and social justice centres to fully     beginning. Our plan is to enlarge this fund     the flame for support.
integrate law teaching, learning and             over time with careful investment and              You may preview the progress of the
research.                                        ongoing support from corporate partners,        building at www.law.unsw.edu.au/
   The faculty is acknowledged as the pace       individual benefactors and alumni.              newbuilding/index.asp. If you are interested
setter in the area of legal education, our          Linking endowment gifts with the new         to learn more about the campaign please
model of interactive teaching in small-sized     building provides our benefactors with a        contact Amanda Hansen, the Development
classes putting students at the centre of the    special appreciation for their commitment       Officer for Law, on (02)9385 1538 or
learning process. This tradition will continue   and contribution. The Law Endowment             a.hansen@unsw.edu.au. ■




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DEVELOPMENT




An inspirational teacher:
the John Lions Chair in Operating Systems

A
       n alumni-led appeal to establish an                                                             “The manuscript was a revelation to
       endowed chair in computer operating                                                          students,” Greg Rose recalled. “The book
       systems has achieved its goal with the                                                       quickly gained a reputation among the
recent donation of US$500,000 from                                                                  programming community and became a
communications giant QUALCOMM                                                                       technical bible for students, hackers and
Incorporated.                                                                                       qualified professionals throughout the world.
   Former students Greg Rose, John O’Brien                                                             “However the various owners of the UNIX
and Steve Jenkins have led a seven-year                                                             source code have always viewed the book
campaign to establish a chair in the name of                                                        as a threat to intellectual property and sought
their former mentor, eminent academic John                                                          to have the book suppressed.”
Lions.                                                                                                 This resulted in the book going
   This includes Greg and John donating                                                             underground, where it became “the world’s
substantial sums of their own money in a bid                                                        most illegally copied book”, a source of pride
to raise $2 million to honour the visionary                                                         and status for owners of the pirated copies.
lecturer who wrote a lauded book on UNIX         years of the tech-wreck. And despite their         Finally in 1996 the book was legally
systems.                                         recent success, they are still ‘on the warpath’    published.
   Now, with the generous donation from          to raise enough funds to beat the bushes and          For Greg, it is sweet victory that the chair
QUALCOMM Incorporated, for whom Greg             make it perpetual. “It will be the role of the     also recognises John Lions’ immense
works as vice-president of technology, the       first incumbent to raise the extra cash,” Greg     contribution to UNIX and to computing
appeal finally has enough funds to offer the     said.                                              scholarship at UNSW.
John Lions Chair in Operating Systems in             John graduated from Sydney University in          “John was the quintessential nerd. A man
2006.                                            in Applied Mathematics in 1959. After              with a great sense of humour and all-round
   For Greg, it has been very much a             working overseas, John became senior               good guy. He was brilliant. I hope this chair
personal quest. “My father died some years       lecturer with UNSW’s then-Department of            can further open source research and the
ago and John was a surrogate father figure       Computing in 1972. He became Associate             good programming that was part of John’s
to me,” he said. “He was there for me when I     Professor in 1980, and remained at UNSW            vision.”
needed advice and he convinced me to write       until 1995 when ill health forced him to retire.      Professor Gernot Heiser said the chair
my first peer-reviewed paper.”                   He died in 1998.                                   would add a valuable dimension to his
   For the team behind the appeal, which also        During the mid 70s, John wrote an              team’s work. “We have recently built up a
includes Chris Maltby, Peter and Lucy Chubb      insightful and often witty commentary on the       world-class operating system research group
and UNSW’s Gernot Heiser, it has not been        UNIX code in order to better teach his             which is putting UNSW back on the map in
easy raising the funds, especially through the   students about programming.                        operating systems,” he said. ■



Education programs in mining engineering
To help combat the national shortage of          received. This is the second large donation
mining engineers, Mitsubishi Development         from Mitsubishi Development. In 2003, the
Pty Ltd has donated $500,000 to fund             company donated $150,000 to UNSW to
education programs in mining engineering at      fund education and research activities in
the University of New South Wales.               surface mining.
   The fund will support a range of                 “Mitsubishi Development has now had a
educational activities at UNSW. They include:    relationship with the University of New South
• the upgrading and replacement of               Wales for the past two years,” said
   computing facilities provided for mine        Mitsubishi chief executive officer, Mr Tetsuro
   planning and design in the Mitsubishi         Terada. “We are delighted with the way that it
   Computing Laboratory;                         has progressed over that time.                     Mr Terada with Professor John Ingleson, Deputy-
• rural scholarships for undergraduate              “The creation of this Endowed Fund will         Vice-Chancellor (International & Development)
   students studying or proposing to study in    assist greatly in the continuation of future and
   UNSW’s School of Mining Engineering;          ongoing funding for education, so critical for     program contribute a growing number of
• postgraduate research scholarships.            the mining industry. The establishment of this     graduates to the 150 required by industry
   The donation will be paid in $100,000         fund enhances that partnership we have with        every year.
instalments over five years. UNSW will           the University.”                                     “Our intake of mining students increased
match at least 20 percent of the                    UNSW's Dean of Engineering, Professor           by 40 percent last year but our numbers
contributions made by Mitsubishi                 Brendon Parker said Mitsubishi’s generous          need to keep steadily increasing if we are to
Development when each instalment is              contribution would help UNSW's mining              help satisfy industry need.” ■



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connection {POINT
Making Connections

T
       his year, the Faculty of Commerce &        industry partnerships is being developed to
       Economics celebrates its 50th              create a unique learning environment and a
       Anniversary. But instead of looking        research agenda that is truly industry-
back at the past, it is the future that is the    relevant.
main focus of the faculty’s attention.               In late 2007, the faculty will consolidate
   “It’s all about making connections,”           and move into the refurbished Heffron
Director of External Relations for the Faculty,   building. This new home will provide state-
Jane Westbrook, says. “This is the driving        of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and
force of the faculty and its relationship with    a focus for the faculty’s schools, research
students, schools, employers, research and        centres, students, staff and alumni – all
business partners and alumni, both here and       under one roof.
overseas.”                                           The faculty is uniquely positioned to both
   Over the past 50 years, the faculty has        realise its vision to be the leading business
grown to become one of Australia’s and            faculty in the Asian region: a compelling
Asia’s top business faculties, and its alumni     place to work, to learn and to which to
can be found in a wide range of leadership        return; and also to expand its already
roles both in Australia and abroad. The           enviable reputation even further into the
cornerstone of the faculty’s success lies in      growing economies of the Asian region.             Jane Westbrook with inaugural Meet the
its steadfast commitment to recruiting the           According to the Dean of Commerce &             CEO speaker, Sir Richard Branson
brightest and best students, producing            Economics, Professor Greg Whittred, “our
talented, industry-ready graduates and to         goal is to be the premier source of               region’s most successful businesses.
pursuing a research agenda that is informed                                                            However, boosting its capacity to support
by current economic and business issues                                                             students, and attract, develop and retain top
and its stakeholders.                             The faculty has embarked on                       academic staff who can put the faculty on
   UNSW has long recognised the                                                                     the international map requires significant
importance of engagement with the Asian           an intensive program of                           investment.
region and the Faculty of Commerce &                                                                   Grounded on the principle of providing the
Economics has been in the forefront of this       re-engaging with its alumni,                      best educational and research capital
                                                                                                    available, the faculty is launching a bold new
commitment, in both its teaching and
research programs. Indeed, as Australian
                                                  through successful programs                       program of development that focuses on
                                                                                                    nurturing leaders, creating an environment
business and government sectors extend
their links with the region, the faculty has
                                                  such as Meet the CEO, which                       that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship
                                                                                                    and bringing the intellectual capacity of the
been able to ensure a steady supply of
‘Asia-ready’ graduates and research
                                                  provides a unique networking                      brightest minds to bear on the challenges of
                                                                                                    creating a productive and sustainable
outcomes to meet these developing needs.          and professional development                      economy.
   In recent years, the faculty has embarked
on an intensive program of re-engaging with       opportunity for alumni                               The faculty will pursue an integrated
                                                                                                    approach that encompasses graduate and
its alumni, through successful programs
such as Meet the CEO, which provides a                                                              undergraduate curriculum, community
unique networking and professional                intellectual capital – of leading-edge research   engagement, relevant research and a truly
                                                  and high-quality graduates – for our partners     international perspective. The outcomes
development opportunity for alumni to hear
                                                  in the community.” To achieve this, an            from investing in this course of action will be
from some of Australia’s most outstanding
                                                  inspirational program has been developed,         significant.
business leaders. Now in its third year, the
                                                  called connection {POINT which                       connection {POINT is an ambitious
series attracts audiences of 600 to 800
                                                  concentrates on developing leaders and            campaign for achieving this vision. With the
alumni for each event. “No sooner has the
                                                  connecting them with people and ideas that        support of the faculty’s closest friends and
Meet the CEO invitation been distributed
                                                  will transform business and the economy           partners, the faculty plans to underwrite
than our alumni are busy emailing each
                                                  and secure Australia’s and Sydney’s position      another 50 equally successful years. ■
other to attend and to catch up for a drink
or a meal afterwards,” Jane said. The             as a leading regional business and financial
prestigious Alumni Leaders Network                centre.
                                                     The faculty is uniquely positioned to play        For further information, please contact
comprises a limited number of very senior
                                                  this role and boasts more than its fair share        Jane Westbrook, Director, External
and experienced people who are
                                                  of Australia’s best and brightest business           Relations, Faculty of Commerce and
spearheading the faculty’s efforts to expand
                                                  students and scholars, an enormously                 Economics on 9385 6228 or
links with the wider community. And with the
                                                  accomplished and influential alumni network,         jane.westbrook@unsw.edu.au.
support and participation of the Faculty
Advisory Board, an extensive network of           and partners that include some of the



                                                                                                                                  U N S Wo r l d   21
ARTS




Desert images:
the artist at Fowlers Gap

I
   n the art of Australia, the desert is an            At Fowlers Gap, 112 km north of Broken         ways of interpreting nature. I could abstract
   enduring presence. From the cave                 Hill, a program of building has been proposed     the image in a way that would never have
   paintings of generations of Indigenous           to enable the existing UNSW research station      happened if I wasn’t immersed in the
artists to the landscapes of Drysdale, desert       to function as an International Residential Art   environment.”
images are at the fore of the nation’s visual       Centre. A number of fully equipped art               As the Fowlers Gap Artists-in-Residence
culture. Yet most Australians have never            studios are part of the vision planned at the     Program proposes being open to artists
travelled far enough inland to experience the       Fowlers Gap settlement, with sites surveyed       working in all media, from painters like Sharp
arid zone, and for the rest of the world it is      for addition ‘outpost studios’ on more remote     to those working with new technologies, ILIRI
most likely seen as the comic backdrop to           locations on the 35,000 hectare property.         can expect an enthusiastic response from all
the adventures of Steve Irwin or Crocodile          Fowlers Gap is one of UNSW’s best-kept            corners of the world. Idris Murphy, Director of
Dundee.                                             secrets, a significant site of scientific         ILIRI, explains: “The volume of enquiries
   Those who travel to the desert know it           research, but off the beaten track of most        we’ve already received, before really
differently. Far from being a barren                inland travellers.                                publicising the program, has been staggering.
environment, it is brimming with animal and            The introduction of artists to the facility    There is such excitement about what we’re
plant life. Its spaces are expansive, the air       offers an unusually fertile creative mix.         trying to do, but right now we are working
clearer and colours more intense than in the           Peter Sharp is an artist who can already       towards gathering the initial investment
city, so that one’s own sense of being alive is     attest to the benefits of time spent at Fowlers   support. There’s the building of the studios,
heightened.                                         Gap. This graduate of COFA, now a lecturer        which is several hundreds of thousands of
   The desert experience is set to become           in the School of Art, credits his trips to        dollars alone. It’s a great vision offering a
much more accessible to artists, thanks to a        Fowlers Gap as the formative experiences of       significant Australian and international
new venture by the University of New South          his artistic life.                                educational, social and cultural return, ILIRI is
Wales. The Imaging the Land International              “Going out there gave me another way of        worth investing in.”
Research Institute (ILIRI), based at the College    viewing the world,” said Sharp, whose recent         For more information on the Fowlers Gap
of Fine Arts, is working to establish an Artists-   exhibition at Sydney’s Liverpool Street Gallery   Artists-in-Residence Program, see the ILIRI
in-Residence Program that will enable local,        was reviewed as his best yet. “Looking and        website: www.cofa.unsw.edu.au/iliri. To
interstate and international artists to             drawing, rubbing the drawing away and             enquire about sponsoring a studio contact
experience the desert first-hand, living and        laying different perspectives down… being         Idris Murphy, i.murphy@unsw.edu.au
working there for an extended period.               there in the landscape opened up different        9385 0757. ■




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