The Law and the Labour Market


Dr Ron Silberberg is National Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association. He holds a Bachelor of Economics Honours (first class) Degree and a Ph.D in Economics. He has held such positions as Director, Department of Housing and Construction and Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing and Construction from 1978 to 1980, and from 1981 to 1986, Deputy Director of the Housing Industry Association. Dr Silberberg was responsible for designing the First Home Owners' Scheme, the successful campaign leading to restoration of negative gearing, reversal of the 20% sales tax on prefabricated buildings, and the development of submissions to Federal Government. He has considerable experience in representation before Federal Ministers, parliamentarians and senior officials and undertakes the preparation and dissemination of media material.

Graham Ingerson was educated at the Adelaide Boys High School, studied Pharmacy at the Adelaide University and graduated in 1962. Before entering politics Mr Ingerson was elected South Australian Branch President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia 1974 and retired from that position in 1982. He was on the Joint Committee of Pharmaceutical Pricing Arrangements for the National Health Scheme under the Chairmanship of Mr Justice Ludeke. He was elected President of the Salisbury Branch of the Liberal Party in 1981. In May 1983 Mr Ingerson was elected to the State seat of Bragg. In 1986 he was appointed Shadow Minister of Transport; and Shadow Minister of Recreation and Sport. In 1989 Mr Ingerson was appointed Liberal spokesman for Community Infrastructure (Transport, Housing and Construction, Water Resources, Marine, Recreation and Sport, and Public Works); and in 1990 he was appointed Shadow Minister of Industry & Technology, Labour, and Ethnic Affairs.

Ian Spicer, AM, was appointed Chief Executive of the Confederation of Australian Industry in November 1989. Prior to the appointment to CAI, Mr Spicer was the Executive Director of Victorian Employers' Federation. Mr Spicer represents employers on a wide range of Federal Government advisory bodies and has been appointed an employer adviser to the International Labour Organisation on eight occasions. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Mangers, Fellow Australian Society of Senior Executives, Bachelor of Laws (Melbourne University), Chairman - Melbourne Tourism Authority, Chairman - Worklink - Training for the disabled, Director - Business in the Community Ltd, Convenor - Small Business Coalition. Mr Spicer was awarded the Order of Australia in 1984.

Professor Richard Blandy was educated at St Peter's College, Adelaide and the University of Adelaide. He graduated in 1961 with a First Class Honours Degree in Economics. From 1966 to 1969 he attended Columbia University, New York, U.S.A., and graduated with an M.A. Degree in Economics and Education, 1967; PhD., 1969. From 1962 to 1989 he had held varied posts in academia in Adelaide, Switzerland and Canberra. Between 1981 and 1989 he has held Membership in many advisory bodies including the Australian Council on Population and Ethnic Affairs in 1981-84 as well as many other technical and statistical bodies. Professor Blandy has published widely. He is current}y Director of the Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.

Ray Evans is Executive Officer at Western Mining Corporation Limited, Melbourne. In 1976 he joined Deakin University as Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and became Deputy Dean in 1980. He resigned in 1982 to join Western Mining as Executive Officer and has been actively involved in the political and ideological issues affecting the Australian mining industry. In 1986, with the help of colleagues, John Stone, Peter Costello and Barrie Purvis, he founded The H R Nicholls Society, becoming President in 1989.

Alan Jones is a former teacher. He worked in trade associations in London in 1965 to 1967. He developed industrial training programs in Feltex Carpets, Wellington N.Z. 1970-1971. He was senior advocate New Zealand Employers' Federation 1971-1973, senior advocate Auckland Employers Association 1973-1980 and Industrial Relations Manager, General Foods (part of Goodman, Fielder, Wattie) 1980-1981. He joined Fletcher Challenge Limited in 1981 and was appointed Industrial Relations Manager in July 1981.

David Boyd studied Accountancy and Secretarial Practices at the Institute of Technology in Sydney. In his younger years he worked in the construction and mining industries in Australia and TPNG to management level by 1971 and up until 1977. He took up the position as Group Finance Manager with Straits Steamship Group in Singapore in 1977 and was appointed Managing Director, 1979-1981. Mr Boyd returned to Australia in 1981 where he worked with CSR in the expansion of coal mining activities in Queensland and was then seconded to be the Chief Executive of Port Waratah Coal Services in Newcastle in 1983. Over the next 7-8 years he rationalised the coal industry's productivity levels, increasing throughput by 300% and reducing charges by 100%. He was a Director of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce (1984-1990) and Chairman of the State Government's Hunter Economic Development Council (1989-1991). He is now a Director and Councillor of the NSW Chamber of Commerce. In February 1991 he was appointed Managing Director of National Terminals (Australia) Limited. National Terminals is one of Australia's leading container terminal operators.

Richard Setchell was educated in New Zealand at Timaru Boys' High School. In 1959 he went to pre-sea training school at the King Edward VII Nautical College in London after which he joined the New Zealand Shipping and Federal Steam Navigation Company Limited, (a P&O Subsidiary Company at that time), as a Cadet Officer where he served for six years. He came ashore in 1970 where he attended the University of Hong Kong, obtaining a Diploma in Management Studies. He worked in Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Middle East, then in Australia and later Malaysia. He has been associated with the shipping industry all his working life in one form or another, either at sea, in the shipping agency, or stevedoring activities. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and a Member of the Company of Master Mariners of Australia.

Mark Schwartz graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1974 with an LLB. He joined Fisher Jeffries in 1974 as an Articled Law Clerk. He was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1975, appointed a partner of Fisher Jeffries in April 1980 and was Managing Partner from July 1987-January 1991. Mr Schwartz is currently a partner in charge of the firm's industrial relations and employment law section. He is a member of the Law Society of South Australia, Law Council of Australia, Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, Industrial Relations Society of South Australia and the American Society of Law and Medicine.

Bill Kelly went to Kangaroo Island in 1936. He was instrumental in pioneering improved pastures on scrub country, then considered unsuitable for development. He has been a resident of Kangaroo Island since then, apart from periods away as follows: 1) three and a half years serving in the A.I.F. during World War II; 2) six months drilling for water after famine in India in 1967, and 3) two years working as part of the team from the South Australian Department of Agriculture on the Australian Farm in Libya in 1975-1976. Mr Kelly was on the Committee, and later Chairman, of the farmers who helped resist the union action which led to the Black Bans being removed. He was Australia Day Citizen of the Year on Kangaroo Island in 1988.

Dr Graham Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne specialising in labour law. He is also Director of Studies of the Graduate Diploma of Labour Relations Law offered by the University. Dr Smith is Senior Member of the Work Care Appeals Board, a member of the University's Academic Staff Conciliation and Arbitration Board, a member of the Editorial Committee of the Australian Journal of Labour Law and a member of the Academic Committee of the Laws of Australia. Prior to commencing his academic career, Dr Smith worked as a solicitor in the industrial relations law practice of Holding Redlich in Melbourne, and as a lawyer in the Commonwealth Industrial Relations Bureau.

Greg Craven is Senior Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne. He holds a Master of Laws Degree from that university. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional and administrative law, and has a particular interest in Australian Federal relations. From 1983-1987 he was editor of the Convention Debates. From 1985-1987 he served as Director of Research to the Victorian Parliament's Legal and Constitutional Committee.