Mr Andrew Tink

Mr Andrew Tink

Andrew Tink AM

Honorary Associate

Macquarie Law School


BA, LLB (ANU); Hon DLitt (Macq.)

Adjunct Professor


After eight years as a barrister, practising in commercial, equity and shipping law, Andrew spent nineteen years as a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly. Among other things, he served as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, shadow attorney-general and shadow leader of the House. He is a past president of the Library Council of NSW. Andrew is also a member of the Australian National University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. In 2010, Andrew won the Nib CAL Waverley Award for Literature. And in 2014, he was made a member of the Order of Australia.

Research Interests

In 2013, Andrew, in conjunction with Hon. Paul Whelan, conducted a review of NSW police powers of arrest. Their recommendations are now law.

In 2014, Andrew, together with Dr Kerry Schott and Hon. John Watkins, carried out a review of NSW election funding and donation laws. All but one of their 50 recommendations have been agreed to in principle by the NSW government.

In 2015, Andrew undertook a commission of inquiry into police oversight in NSW. As a result, the Police Division of the Ombudsman’s Office and the Police Integrity Commission were merged into a new body, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, which also has oversight of the NSW Crime Commission.

Andrew’s latest book, Honeysuckle Creek: the story of Tom Reid, a little dish and Neil Armstrong’s first step, is due to be released by NewSouth Publishing in November 2018.

Recent Publications

  • William Charles Wentworth: Australia’s greatest native son, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2009;
  • Chapters on Governors Phillip, Hunter and King in: D. Clune & K. Turner (eds) The Governors of New South Wales 1788-2010, Federation Press, Sydney, 2010;
  • Lord Sydney: the life and times of Tommy Townshend, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2011;
  • Air Disaster Canberra: the plane crash that destroyed a government, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, 2013;
  • Australia 1901-2001: a narrative history, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, 2014.

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