Our Patrons

John Menadue AO

John Menadue AO

John Menadue AO

John Menadue has had a distinguished career in the public sector, including as Head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet under two Prime Ministers, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser. He was Ambassador to Japan as well as Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, and the Department of Trade. Private sector appointments included General Manager, News Limited, Sydney. He was also CEO of Qantas, a Director of Telstra and Chair of the Australia-Japan Foundation. John was Founding Chair of the Centre for Policy Development. He is presently a Fellow of CPD. He is Patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

Hugh Mackay AO

Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay

Australia’s pre-eminent social researcher, Hugh Mackay is internationally recognised for his pioneering work in this area. He is the author of sixteen books: his latest non-fiction book, The Art of Belonging, came out in 2014 and Infidelity, his sixth novel, in 2013. Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and has been awarded honorary doctorates by four Australian universities. He has been a newspaper columnist and media commentator for over 25 years, and is a former deputy chairman of the Australia Council and Chairman of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School. He was the inaugural chairman of the ACT Government’s Community Inclusion Board. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia.


Bruce Baird AM

Bruce Baird AM

Bruce Baird AM

As a member of the NSW Parliament, Bruce Baird was Minister for Transport from 1988 to 1995, Minister for Sydney’s Olympic Bid from 1990 to 1993, Minister for Tourism and Roads from 1993 to 1995 and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in State Parliament from 1992 to 1995.

In Federal Parliament, he was the Member for Cook, NSW, from 1998 to 2007, Chairman of the Economics Committee and a member of the Human Rights Committee.

Bruce has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors.  In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council which advises the government on refugee and humanitarian settlement in Australia.  He is also Chairman of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.