Of course, research rankings only tell part of the story of Griffith’s growing influence and as I write this introduction the Australian Federal election results are being finalised with nine Griffith graduates having been elected to the Australian Parliament – eight in the House of Representatives and another one in the Senate. We warmly congratulate the following elected Members of Parliament: Dr Jim Chalmers (Member for Rankin), Ross Vasta (Bonner), Angie Bell (Moncrieff), Anika Wells (Lilley), Julie Owens (Parramatta), Justine Elliot (Richmond), Chris Bowen (McMahon) and Zali Steggall (Warringah). We also congratulate Larissa Waters on her re-election to the Australian Senate.
Coinciding with the election weekend was the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in which Griffith alumnus Kate Miller-Heidke produced a top 10 performance with her anthem Zero Gravity. Co-written by fellow Queensland Conservatorium graduate Keir Nuttall it provided a showcase for Miller-Heidke’s soaring vocals – a legacy of her opera training at the Queensland Conservatorium. Miller-Heidke is the second Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University alumnus to represent Australia at Eurovision, after Dami Im was crowned runner-up at the 2016 Eurovision finals.
I appreciated the large number of alumni who attended recent gatherings in Melbourne and Sydney and want to thank them for making the effort. With more alumni events next week in San Francisco and Los Angeles, I will be taking every opportunity to share my thoughts and plans as we develop a new Strategic Plan through to 2025.
Vice Chancellor and President
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