Patrick J Byrne is president of the National Civic Council. For twenty-five years, he has contributed to the NCC's magazine News Weekly, which has been published since 1942. He is a commentator on political, social and economic affairs. In 2006 he co-wrote the book High and Dry on major changes in water policy that affected Australia's food production in the Murray- Darling Basin. Over three years, he extensively researched the consequences of changing Australian laws to recognise people by their fluid gender identity in place of their biological sex. He is the author of Transgender: One Shade of Grey (2018).