Tutor in Climate Change, University of Melbourne

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 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.


  • 2009–present
    Tutor, University of Melbourne


  • 1986 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Laws
  • 1979 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Laws


  • 2012
    Death by Elegy, Melbourne University Book Shop
  • 2005
    Jesus, Judas and Mordy Ben Ruben, Tablet Books
  • 1999
    Godless Gospel, Pluto Press Australia
  • 1996
    The Tricontinental Story, (Co author) Melbourne Uni Press
  • 1995
    Money for Jam, Published by Mandarin Press
  • 1985
    Partial Takeovers, Companies and Securities Law Journal


Member of the Order of Australia