BEST & BRIGHTEST CEREMONY 2016


On Tuesday 10 May 2016 the Department of Government and International Relations presented the achievements of recent IVth honours graduates.

The event was hosted by the Honourable Don Harwin, President of the Legislative Council, a graduate with Honours in Government 1985.
The chair of proceedings was Mr. Tim Mathews, a graduate with Honours in Government 2015.

There were one hundred and thirty guests in attendance, including the Honourable Adam Searle, Leader of the Labor Party, also a graduate in Government, in the Legislative Council, numerous high school students, more than fifty alumni, members of the Department, current IVth Honours students, and embers of the External Advisory Committee. After the presentations and discussion there was reception where guests and students had a chance to meet and talk.

A panel of five recent graduates spoke about their research:

  • Sarah Mourney - We Don't Want Food Security: Power, Resistance, and the Food Policy in Indonesia
  • Felix Donovan - The Weight of the World: The Burden of Class and Choice on Young People's End of School Transitions
  • Alexandra Peattie - From Resistance to Re-Colonisation: An Intersectional Analysis of Bolivia's Proceso De Cambio
  • Ruby Rowe - Beyond the Line: Religious Settlers and the Israeli State 2005-2015
  • Stuart Bryan - To Kill a Hydra: Drone Strikes and the Epistemology of Efficacy



The program for the 2016 Best and Brightest Ceremony, with abstracts detailing the research presented on the night can be viewed here.

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Reception area Theatrette presenters Guests The Honourable Don Harwin The Honourable Don Harwin Dr Christopher Neff Sarah Mourney Felix Donovan crowd crowd Crowd Felix Donovan Alexandra Peattie Stuart Bryan Panelists answering questions from the crowd Panelists answering questions from the crowd Panelists answering questions from the crowd Dr Christopher Neff Alexandra Peattie Tim Matthews Felix Donovan Dr Christopher Neff