Maxine McKew to speak on 457 Visas, education cutbacks and Australia’s reputation in Asia

01 May 2013

Former Federal Labor MP Maxine McKew will tomorrow address the Australia India Institute on the impact of recent Federal government policies on the nation’s drive to engage more closely with Asia.

A co-author of the path-breaking 2012 Institute report on Australia-India relations, Beyond the Lost Decade, McKew will survey recent cutbacks to higher education funding and debates about immigration regulations in the context of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.

The Speaker: A high profile figure in politics and journalism, Maxine McKew was born in Brisbane and attended All Hallows’ Convent and studied at the University of Queensland. She was elected to Federal Parliament in 2007 and served one term, after an illustrious career as a journalist with ABC TV programs including The 7.30 Report and Lateline, and also with The Bulletin magazine. She is a Logie and Walkley award winner for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, and her print journalism earned the Magazine Publisher’s award for Columnist of the Year. She currently serves as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Melbourne.