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(Victoria & Corpus Christi 1950) (3 September 1927 - November 2021)

Originally from Victoria, Peter Bailey attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and studied History at Corpus Christi IN 1950. Since 1999 he was Adjunct Professor in the ANU College of Law, after being a Visiting Fellow from 1987 to 1998. Before that, and between 1981 and 1986, he was Deputy Chairman and full-time chief executive of the Commonwealth's Human Rights Commission. His earlier career was in the Commonwealth Public Service, where he served in the Treasury and then in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, becoming a Deputy Secretary in the latter in 1972. He was a full time member of the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration 1974-76. In his academic life, he made major contributions to Australian human rights law.

Peter was an active member of the Rhodes community, and an Alumni Association Committee Member of the Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia (ARSA). Former National Secretary Marnie Hughes-Warrington said: "Peter was a generous mentor. He worked hard to set Australia at Large applicants at ease, and was a warm and wise contributor to many events over the years. Vale Peter, and thank you for always standing up for a better world."