Maxine McKew is a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She also works as an advisor on education to the not-for-profit group Social Ventures Australia, is Chair of Playgroup Australia and a member of the board of Per Capita. At the 2007 federal election Maxine McKew wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate ever to beat a prime minister in his own seat. She was immediately elevated to the executive and served as Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood, and later as Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Regional Development. Before making the switch to politics, Maxine had a thirty-year career as a broadcast and print journalist. As host of Lateline and part-time anchor of 7.30 Report she earned a reputation as one of the country's most authoritative interviewers. Her television reporting has been recognised by her peers with both Logie and Walkley awards for broadcast excellence, while her work for the Bulletin saw her secure the Magazine Publisher's Award for Columnist of the Year. A sought-after speaker and facilitator, Maxine is represented by Claxton Communications and is involved in a range of voluntary activities.