ACU to honour former MP’s social justice vision

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Brisbane, 10 April, 2006: Australian Catholic University (ACU) will award former teacher and Queensland Parliamentarian Terry Sullivan with its highest honour, Doctor of the University (Honoris Causa), at the second of its 2007 Brisbane graduation ceremonies tomorrow.

More than 600 students from ACU’s Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) will graduate in two ceremonies at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, with Mr Sullivan providing the occasional address to graduates at the evening ceremony.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said Mr Sullivan’s unwavering commitment to social justice had been evident throughout his long and varied career in politics, education and community work.

“Whether in the classroom or in the halls of Parliament, Terry Sullivan is known as a caring person who refuses to shy away from problematic or difficult issues,” Professor Sheehan said.

“Terry has always spoken out whenever he perceives people are being treated unjustly. As a member of numerous State Government committees, Terry was able to positively influence the development of policy in ways that reflected community needs and his own faith. His commitment to the people of the Nundah, Chermside and Stafford electorates over 15 years has been evenly matched by a determination to improve conditions for all Queenslanders, particularly Indigenous people, young people and those with disabilities.

“More recently, Terry has campaigned to improve the lives of our East Timorese neighbours through his involvement in the East Timor Support Group of Brisbane. As a politician, teacher, community activist, husband and father, Terry is a very deserving recipient of this special honour.”

Terry Sullivan was a Member of the Queensland Parliament from 1991 to 2006.

Also receiving an Honorary Doctorate tomorrow is acclaimed Indigenous singer Jimmy Little, who will be honoured at the morning graduation ceremony for his lasting contribution to Australian culture and his outstanding engagement with the Indigenous and wider Australian community.

ACU’s Brisbane Campus has more than 2,500 students enrolled in academic programs in arts, business, education, information systems, nursing, psychology, social science and theology.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.