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The Hon Neal Blewett

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Honorary Fellow

The Hon Neal Blewett AC, FRHistS is an Australian Labour Party politician and diplomat. He received a Rhodes Scholarship and studied PPE at Jesus College from 1957-59 He was the Member of the House of Representatives for Bonython from 1977 to 1994. He served in both the Hawke and Keating Governments, notably in the former as Minister for Health from 1983 to 1991, during which time he oversaw the Government’s reaction to HIV/AIDS. After retiring from Parliament in 1994, he was appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, a role he held until 1998. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College Oxford in 1998.