Staff, students and community members are invited to attend the Oration by the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Orator for 2011, The Hon Dr Elizabeth Constable MLA.
Western Australian Education Minister, the Hon Dr Liz Constable MLA, has had a long and successful career. She was the first woman to be elected into State Parliament as an Independent in 1991, and in 2008 became the first woman to be appointed to a Ministry as an Independent.
Born in New South Wales, she graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in history and psychology and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She holds a Diploma in Education from the University of New England; a Masters degree in Child Development from Harvard University; and in 1985 Dr Constable was awarded a doctorate from the University of Western Australia for her thesis on cognitive development in gifted children.
Working as a vocational guidance officer, she taught immigrant children in inner-suburban Sydney before moving overseas to complete her Masters degree at Harvard University.
As Education Minister, Dr Constable’s key objective is to provide high-quality education to all young West Australians, regardless of where they live. She has also presided over the implementation of the Independent Public Schools initiative, giving principals the autonomy to meet the needs of their individual school communities.
Dr Constable’s Oration will be on Edith Cowan: A Woman for Our Time.
A Transperth CAT bus runs every fifteen minutes (until 5.53pm) from the Joondalup Train Station to the ECU campus. If you require transport to the train station following the Oration please select this option when registering your attendance.