Ms Michelle Grattan AO to deliver Earle Page College Politics Lecture

Published 28 June 2013

Michelle.GrattanMs Michelle Grattan AO will present this year’s Annual Earle Page College Politics Lecture at the University of New England on Wednesday, July 17.  Ms Grattan’s speech will focus on the impact of Australia’s hung parliament, sure to create intense interest with the recent events in the Federal political arena.

Ms Grattan is one of Australia’s most respected and awarded political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics.

As a former editor of The Canberra Times, Michelle Grattan was also the first female editor of an Australian daily newspaper. She has been with the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and Political Editor of The Age since 2004.

Ms Grattan currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.

She is the author, co-author and editor of several books and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2004 for her long and distinguished service to Australian journalism.

Dr Amanda Kennedy, Academic Master of Earle Page College, said: “The Annual Politics Lecture is a significant event for UNE, Armidale and the region.   The series aims to provide Earle Page residents, guests and members of the public with a diverse range of political opinions on significant public issues.”

Each year, Earle Page College invites a prominent political figure to speak at its Annual Politics Dinner. Previous speakers have included Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Bob Brown and Joe Hockey.

Sir Earle Christmas Grafton Page, after whom the college and lecture series are named, was chairman of the advisory council for the University of New England College from 1938 until 1954, and the university’s Chancellor from 1954 to 1960. He was also Prime Minister for a brief period in 1939.

 The lecture will commence at 8.30 pm sharp in the Earle Page College Dining Hall and everyone is welcome to attend. A $5 donation on the night to the Earle Page College Charity Coast Run appeal in aid of the Children’s Medical Research Institute would be appreciated. For more information about the event, ring the College on (02) 6773 5300 or e-mail