Best & Brightest 2015

On Tuesday 26 May 2015 the Department of Government and International Relations presented the achievements of recent IVth honours graduates. The occasion was hosted by the President of the Legislative Council, the Honorable Mr Don Harwin, MLC, at the NSW Parliament House on Macquarie Street in the city. Mr. Harwin completed Honours in the Department. Mr. Alister Henskens who majored in Government and International Relation in the 1980s chaired the proceedings. Guests continued the discussion with students at a reception after the presentations.

Best and The Brightest 2015 Finalist

Max Kiefel, Francesca Johanson, Abigail Taylor, Mr. Alister Henskens, Solange Handley, Tim Matthews



A panel of five recent graduates spoke about their research:

  • Abigail Taylor: Rethinking human dignity and rights/
  • Tim Matthews: Clerical child sexual abuse
  • Francesca Johanson: Myanmar’s capital city, Nay Pyi Taw
  • Solange Handley: Income management and social policy
  • Max Kiefel: United Kingdom Independence Party
2015 Best and The Brightest Finalist
Audience at the 2015 Best and The Brightest event



Alumni and others attended. Current student staffed the welcome desk. There was a lively exchange of questions and answers during the session followed by a reception for further, informal discussion. The program published the abstracts of all theses from 2014.

The program for Best and Brightest with all theses abstracts is here.

Photographs from he evening can be found at this link: 2015_05_26 FASS Best & Brightest 30%.

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