Australian author and public speaker Don Watson (PhD 1977) gained a BA (Hons) from La Trobe University before graduating with a PhD from Monash.
He was an academic historian for 10 years before resigning to write, among other things, political satire for TV and the stage (including The Gillies Report), and speeches for the Victorian Premier John Cain.
After time as a research fellow at The University of Melbourne he became Prime Minister Paul Keating's speechwriter and adviser. He stayed in that position until Keating's electoral defeat in 1996.
Dr Watson's columns, articles and essays have appeared in all major Australian journals and newspapers.
His best-selling books include Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister (2002), Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language (2003), and Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Clichés, Cant & Management Jargon (2004).
His book American Journeys (2008) won The Age Non-Fiction and Book of the Year awards, the inaugural Indie Award for Non-Fiction, and the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction.
His latest release Bendable Learnings: The Wisdom of Modern Management follows on from Death Sentence and Weasel Words.
He also wrote the feature film The Man Who Sued God, which starred Billy Connolly and Judy Davis.