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Sam Lipski receives honorary Monash degree

22 October 2008

Sam Lipski

Chief Executive of The Pratt Foundation, journalist, commentator and analyst Sam Lipski was last week presented with an honorary degree from Monash University. The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Larkins and Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel at a ceremony in Melbourne.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Mr Lipski began his journalistic career at Channel 9 in Melbourne in 1961.

In 1964 he joined the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra, becoming the first political commentator to appear nightly on network television.

In 1969 he was appointed Washington correspondent at The Australian. After his return to Melbourne in 1973 he became the Australian correspondent for the Washington Post, and in subsequent years, a columnist for The Australian, the Melbourne Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and The Bulletin.

In 1979 he served as media consultant for the Founding Board of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). He has also been a producer and commentator on news and current affairs programs for the Macquarie Radio Network, ABC Radio, and Channel 9.

His community involvements have included his service as a member of the Federal Minister for Immigration's Advisory Committee on Ethnic Affairs in 1981, and as a member of the Federal Minister for Tourism's Promotion Australia Advisory Committee in 1987. He also served as director on the founding boards of both the General Sir John Monash Awards Foundation in 2001 and 2002, and of the Centre for Brain Science at Swinburne University of Technology in 2000 and 2001. He is a former trustee of the Australian Refugee Foundation.

He is currently a Research Associate in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University, and a Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993 for his services to the media and in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia for services to journalism.

Vice-Chancellor Larkins acknowledged Mr Lipski's broad and extensive contribution to the wider community through journalism, support for philanthropy and his particular support of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash.

"Mr Lipski's stellar national and international career as a journalist, spanning more than forty years; his enduring and continuing commitment to education; his engagement with public life; and his ten year role as Chief Executive of the Pratt Foundation which has enriched the life of our community by supporting initiatives of the highest national significance - define him as one of the outstanding Australians of his generation," Professor Larkins said.