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Chancellor, bishops and religious broadcaster among recipients on Queen's Birthday Honours List

Michael Shand, QC, and institutional leader and role model Elizabeth Alexander recognised.

More than 1000 Australians were recognised on the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year -- including former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, US-born Richmond Football Club President Peggy O'Neal and ABC Chair Ita Buttrose -- in Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove's last Honours List before he leaves Yarralumla this month.

By Mark Brolly

June 12 2019 

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Melbourne, Mr Michael Shand, QC, former University of Melbourne Chancellor Ms Elizabeth Alexander, who is a parishioner of Holy Trinity East Melbourne, and two of Australia’s leading scholar bishops, Paul Barnett and Tom Frame, have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Shand, who has been the top legal officer of the diocese since 2007, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia, and to the legal profession.

The son of the late Bishop David Shand, last Bishop of St Arnaud and later an assistant Bishop of Melbourne, Mr Shand — a parishioner of St Dunstan's Camberwell — has been a key figure in implementing reforms in the Anglican Church in the wake of the child sexual abuse crisis.

He has served the Church in Melbourne and nationally in a number of roles, including as a General Synod member, President of the Episcopal Standards Board, member of the Professional Standards Commission, Trustee of the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation and founding director both of the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation and of Kooyoora Ltd, the independent not-for-profit company handling complaints, screening, training and providing redress management for the dioceses of Melbourne and Bendigo. He also served as Chancellor of the Ballarat diocese from 2002-10.

Mr Shand has been Senior Lay Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral since this year, having been a Lay Canon since 2011, and was a member of the school council and finance committee of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon in the 1980s.

His legal career has included a term as Chairman of the Bar Council from 2006-07 and as Chair of the Bar Professional Standards Scheme Committee from 2007-12. He has been a barrister since 1980 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1997.

Ms Alexander was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) – second only to the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in honours rankings – for distinguished service to higher education administration, to accounting and corporate governance, and as a role model.

She was Chancellor of Melbourne University from 2011-16, having served on the University Council since 2004, and has chaired companies and institutions including Medibank Private since 2013, the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories Ltd from 2006-11 and was National President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2000-03 and of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia in 1988-89.

Ms Alexander also chaired the Advisory Board for the Southern Territory of the Salvation Army from 2001-09 and was National President of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust from 2008-16.

Justice Debra Mullins of the Queensland Supreme Court, who has held many senior roles in the Anglican Church in the Sunshine State and on General Synod, and former ABC religious broadcaster Dr Rachael Kohn also were honoured with AOs.

Justice Mullins – whose honour was for distinguished service to the law, and to the judiciary, to professional development and legal education, and to women – is Chair of General Synod’s Church Law Commission, its Special Tribunal Panel and has been a member of General Synod Standing Committee since 2014. In the Brisbane diocese, she has been Chancellor for the past five years and a member of the Chapter of St John’s Cathedral since 2002.

Dr Kohn created, produced and presented The Spirit of Things on ABC Radio National from 1997 until last year, having done the same with earlier programs The Ark and Religion Today for the ABC and Cults for Open Learning. She also produced and presented Religion Report for the ABC from 1993-95 and worked on ABC radio and TV programs Encounter and Compass.

Co-founder and Vice Chair of the International Association of Religion Journalists since 2012, Dr Kohn was a lecturer in the Departments of Religious Studies and Semitic Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987-92.

She was honoured for distinguished service to the broadcast media, particularly radio, as a creator, producer and presenter, and to Jewish studies.

Bishop Barnett, who was Bishop of North Sydney from 1990-2001, was awarded his AM for significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia. He has been an Honorary Associate in Ancient History at Macquarie University since 1996, where he lectured in the subject from 1980-1990 while he was Master of Robert Menzies College there.

He has published more than 34 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters, including Is the New Testament History?, commentaries on St Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians and Book of Revelation and works on the historical Jesus.

Dr Frame, the Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force from 2001-06 and Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra from 2006-14, is also a prolific author on religion, politics and history, including Losing My Religion: Unbelief in Australia, Moral Injury: Unseen Wounds in an Age of Barbarism, The Life and Death of Harold Holt and Where Fate Calls: The HMAS Voyager Tragedy.

His AM was for significant service to higher education, to the Anglican Church of Australia, and to the community. His current role is as Director of the Howard Library and Public Leadership Research Group at the University of NSW’s Australian Defence Force Academy Campus in Canberra, while he has been Honorary Priest-in-Charge of Mulwaree Mission District near Goulburn (and a firefighter) since 2012.

Four Melburnians with ties to Anglican institutions also received AMs. Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty was honoured for significant service to the community through a range of charitable initiatives, including The Lazarus Centre at St Peter's Eastern Hill, where she is a member of the Foundation Board and chair of the fund-raising committee, as well as being a supporter of the Brotherhood of St Laurence as part of her philanthropic interests. Associate Professor Anthony Buzzard of the Department of Surgery at The Alfred Hospital since 2006, was recognised for significant service to the international education sector, and to medical science. He was a council member at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne from 1974-2001 and again from 2005-15, as well as Honorary Director of Medical Studies there from 1969-94, Chair of Trinity’s Education Centre Management Committee 1988-99, a member of the board of management from 1995-2005 and has been Honorary Senior Fellow there since 2017. Professor Gregory Reinhardt, a parishioner at St Mary’s North Melbourne and formerly a member of the congregations of the Canterbury Fellowship and St Paul’s Cathedral, was honoured for significant service to judicial administration and to education. He has been Executive Director of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration since 1997 and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Migration Council of Australia. And Ms Kim Koop of Rosanna, a former CEO of Mental Health Victoria and a volunteer at St John’s Riverside Community Garden at Banyule Anglican Church since 2016, was awarded an AM for significant service to social welfare, particularly through disability and mental health advocacy.

Almost 20 Victorian Anglicans or Victorians with Anglican connections were honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Mr David Morgan, Parish Council secretary and a member of the choir at St George’s East Ivanhoe, was honoured for his service to education and to the community. Mr Morgan, who has had a long association as a student, teacher and committee member at Carey Baptist Grammar School, has also served St George’s as a Warden and op shop volunteer.

Mrs Carolyn Clark, who is a council member of Melbourne Girls Grammar and former president of the Parents Association there, receives her OAM for service to women and to the community; Mrs Valda Cuming, who was honoured for service to the visual arts, has been involved with Caulfield Grammar School since 1978; Mr Robert Freeman, recognised for service to the community through faith-based organisations, was involved in the evangelical Belgrave Heights Convention from 1952-2001, including as Chairman from 1991-97; Dr Robert Gillies of Prahran, whose OAM was for service to the community through charitable initiatives, has been a member of Old Trinity Grammarians football and cricket clubs and in 2016 was honoured by Old Trinity Grammarians Association with its Leadership in the Community Award; Mrs Clare Gray of Bell Post Hill, Geelong, was honoured for service to community health and had a long association with the Young Women's Christian Association, of which she is a life member; Ms Maria Hicks of Brighton, who was Special Education Coordinator for the Pathways Foundation at the Anglican Cathedral School in Hong Kong from 2000-03, was recognised for service to the international community through humanitarian aid; Mr Stephen Higgs, Headmaster of Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School from 1995-2015, was honoured for service to education; Mrs Lynette Hipwell, whose OAM was for service to youth through Scouts, has been a founding member of the Caritas Group at St John's Sorrento since 1990; Mrs Beverly Hoffmann, recognised for service to sport and to the community of Dimboola, is a member of St Peter's Dimboola and Treasurer of the Young Members Department at the church; the Revd Marjorie Keeble, Deacon at Christ Church Hamilton from 2013 and a member of Mother’s Union there since 1966, was honoured for her service to the community of Hamilton; Ms Mary Lawrey of Eaglemont, recognised for service to primary education as principal of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School Fitzroy from 2007-17, is a volunteer with the Brotherhood of St Laurence; Mr Roger Lord of Endeavour Hills, a life member of Beaconhills College, received his OAM for service to people with a disability through sport, and to the community; Mrs Elaine Millar, Secretary/Office Manager of St Paul’s Gisborne for more than 20 years and coordinator of the op shop among several long-term roles in the parish as well as a 30-year association with Anglicare, was honoured for her service to the community of Gisborne; Mrs Helen Montague, a council member of St George's Boisdale in the Anglican Parish of Maffra in Gippsland, received her recognition for service to the community of Boisdale; Mrs Elizabeth North, recognised for service to the communities of Torquay and Geelong, has been a parishioner and volunteer at St Luke's church since 1985; Dr Patricia Phair of Brighton received her OAM for service to women, to medical research and to the community and has had long associations and senior roles with Firbank Old Grammarians Association and St Andrew's Brighton; and Ms Marjorie Quinn of Essendon, a former board member of TEAR Australia, was recognised for her service to the community, to social welfare organisations, and to education.