Maxine McKew is in demand as a public speaker and skilled facilitator with a background that traverses both journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of
prestigious programmes such as the 7.30 Report and Lateline. Her work
has been recognised by her peers with both Walkely and Logie awards.
When she left journalism and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself
into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John
Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both
parliamentary secretary for early childhood and later, for regional
development and local government.
Maxine is an author and Hon Enterprise Professor of the
Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
Her most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014,
is Class Act - a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This
publication followed the success of her memoir,
Tales From the Political
, an account of her brief but tumultuous time in the Federal
Maxine lives in Melbourne. In 2015 she was appointed to serve on the
board of the State Library of Victoria and re-appointed for a third term in
2021. She also serves as a non-executive director of New Energy Solar.