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Our Outstanding Alumni

We are proud of the achievements of our alumni. Over 27,900 have graduated from our Arts and Law degrees, and are making a positive difference in Australia and around the world. Some of our distinguished alumni are:

BA (1995), LLB (1997), LLM (1999), PhD (Law) (2008)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), 2007

  • Musician, Founding Member of the band Boy and Bear
  • In 2002 Tim Hart returned to Macquarie University
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Bachelor of Arts (DipEd), 2004

  • Policy Adviser at Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Australian Federal Parliament
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Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Laws, 1979

The Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP

The Honorable Tanya Plibersek MP

Master of Politics and Public Policy, 1998

  • Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Australian Labor Party
 The Honourable Dr Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Honourable Dr Michael Kirby AC CMG

Doctor of Law (Honoris causa), 1994

  • Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Retired judge of the High Court of Australia
Adam Hills

Adam Hills

Bachelor of Arts, 1991

  • Comedian and television presenter
Frank J Holden

Frankie J Holden

Bachelor of Arts, 1974

  • Singer, actor and television presenter
Chris Lilley

Chris Lilley

Bachelor of Arts, 1997

  • Comedian, actor, writer, television producer
Liz Ellis AM

Liz Ellis

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, 1997

  • Former Australian netball captain and television commentator
 Dr Jeff McMullen AM

Dr Jeff McMullen AM

Bachelor of Arts, 1972

  • Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), 2009
  • Former Journalist and Foreign Correspondent, CEO (Honorary) of the Ian Thorpe Foundation
 Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

Master of Arts, 2001

  • National Political Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief, Network Ten
 The Hon Helen Sham-Ho OAM

The Hon Helen Sham-Ho OAM

Bachelor of Legal Studies, 1986

  • First Chinese born Parliamentarian in Australia
Dr Catherine Livingstone

Dr Catherine Livingstone

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), 1978

  • Chairman, Telstra Corporation Ltd
Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz

Bachelor of Arts, 1973

  • Film critic and producer