Hilary McPhee

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Hilary McPhee AO, "former publisher, editor and Chair of the Australia Council, was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne until the end of 2005 where she helped establish the Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.

"She contributes widely to public debate and policy formulation for the arts, culture and the humanities, broadcasting and publishing. She co-founded McPhee Gribble Publishers (1975-92), was Publishing Director of Pan Macmillan (1992-4), and Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Major Organizations Fund (1994-7), Deputy Chair of Melbourne University Publishing 2002-05, a member of the Board of the State Library of Victoria 2000-2006 and Chair of its Writers and Readers Committee. Her publishing memoir, Other People's Words was published by Picador in 2001.

"She is currently a member of the Malthouse’s Artistic Council, is a ‘columnist’ on Radio National’s Book Show and is working on another book. As a founding board member of New Matilda.com she is concerned to promote a Human Rights Act for Australia.

"She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa Monash University, 1992. She was admitted to the Order of Australia in 2001." [1]

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  1. Australian Centre Fellows, University of Melbourne, accessed March 31, 2008.