70-year career draws to an end for Honorary Professor Peter Bailey OBE AM

21 December 2016

I've been here 30 years and I thought if I don't [retire] now when I'm 89, I'd possibly never move.

There is something poetic about being able to finish a 70-year career by riding off into the sunset, even if it's on a bright red Vespa crammed with farewell flowers and decades of office memorabilia.

By 1986 Peter Bailey had worked closely with seven prime ministers over four decades and should have been winding down and preparing for retirement. Instead the 59-year-old swapped policy for teaching and research, becoming a Visiting Fellow at the ANU College of Law. This week, after 30 years and several significant publications, Professor Bailey will finally retire.

"I've been here 30 years and I thought if I don't move on now when I'm 89, I'd possibly never move," he said.

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