I am a lawyer with a BA and LLB from Monash and an LLM from the University of Melbourne. I teach first and second year Climate Change which is an interdisciplinary breadth course run by the Faculty of Science. I am a tutor and occasional lecturer in the subject.
For over a decade I was a councillor and 3 times mayor at the City of Port Phillip. I was President of the Municipal Association of Victoria and a board member of the Australian Local Government Association. I am also a waste nut having led and served on a number of waste management committees and policy reform bodies. For these, I have been awarded the Membership of the Order of Australia for service to the environment and local government.
Since my local government career came to a tragic end, I have been writing books and a blog on atheism. I am the author of non fiction books on death and unbelief and a fictional work on the Passion from a secular Jewish viewpoint. My blog, "Godless Gross" was initially commissioned by Fairfax Media and attracted more comments than almost any other regular blog in the country. It can be read at http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blog/godless-gross. I have written 5 books and plays on atheism and related matters.
My current directorships include Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria and the Australian Packaging Covenant Council.
Member of the Order of Australia