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Alumni celebrated in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Steve Biddulph

One of Australia's leading parent educators and a former Tasmanian Supreme Court Judge are among several University of Tasmania alumni being celebrated in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The Honourable Justice Pierre Slicer QC has been appointed as Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the judiciary and the law, nationally and in the Pacific, to social justice and particularly reform as a civil libertarian, and to the legal profession.

The former Tasmanian Supreme Court Judge (1991-2009), Justice Slicer was also founding member and legal counsel for the Aboriginal Legal Services Tasmania (1973-1985).

He was also legal counsel for the Save the Franklin River Campaign (1982-1983) and was the inaugural Director of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania (1991).

Most recently, he was a judge in the Supreme Court of Samoa (2010-2014) where his work in Samoa has also been formally recognised.

University of Tasmania graduate, best-selling author and child psychologist Steve Biddulph was made a member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to community health, particularly in the fields of child and adolescent psychology, and as an author and educator.

Former Dean of the Faculty of Education the late Dr Bevis Yaxley was awarded an AM for his service to education in Tasmania, particularly through curriculum development and as administrator and academic. Dr Yaxley was Head of School and Dean of the Faculty during the 1970s.

A former law academic at the University, Norman Reaburn received an AM for his service to the law, particularly through equality of access to legal and social justice in Tasmania.

The late Michael Mervyn Clarke was honoured with an AM for his work in public health, particularly to HIV/AIDS awareness, public administration and to the Tasmanian community.

One of world's top marine infrastructure professionals, graduate Toni Moate, was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding public service in Australian marine and atmospheric science.

Photo: Brianne Makin, Newspix

Published on: 29 Jun 2015 11:00am