Posts byJohn Menadue

John Menadue AO has had a distinguished career in the private and public sectors. From 1967-74, he was General Manager of News Ltd. He then headed the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet until 1976. He was Australian Ambassador to Japan from 1976-80. He was Head of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs 1980-83 and later Chief Executive Officer of Qantas. In 1997, he received the Japanese Imperial Award, The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure. Since 2013 he has published his blog Pearls & Irritations at He is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and Patron of the Asylum Seekers’ Centre in Sydney. In October 1999, he published his autobiography, 'Things you learn along the way'.