Tenth Anniversary Conference


Kenneth Minogue graduated from Sydney University with an honours degree in the Arts. He pursued post graduate studies at the London School of Economics where he was appointed by Michael Oakeshott to a lectureship. Ken became Professor of Political Science at the LSE in 1984. He has written a number of influential books and many important essays. His books include The Liberal Mind (1963), The Concept of a University (1974), Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology (1985) and Politics: A Very Short Introduction (1995).

Graeme Haycroft is a labour market consultant, specialising in employee and subcontract work systems. He has extensive and successful experience in the building, manufacturing, meat processing and transport industries. He is widely known for his pioneering work in implementing workplace agreements under the Queensland Voluntary Employment Agreement legislation in 1989 and the later introduction of subcontract shearing in Charleville in 1993. Graeme was President of the combined Chambers of Commerce of South Queensland in 1993-94 and was a member of the management committee of the State Chamber (now QCCI). He currently co-chairs the Queensland Coalition Treasury & Economics Policy Committee.

Paul Houlihan was born in Koo-Wee-Rup and following education at St Patrick's College, Ballarat, returned to the family farm. In January 1970 he started working for the Federated Clerks Union in Victoria as an Organiser. From August 1972 until December 1979 he was State Secretary of the FCU in Tasmania. Paul spent 1980 at the University of Tasmania studying law and in December 1980 commenced work with the National Farmers Federation. During his eight years with the NFF he was involved in some of the major industrial issues of that time, i.e. the Portland live sheep dispute; the wide comb dispute; the prosecution of the first successful incapacity to pay case and the Mudginberri Dispute. In December 1988 Paul established FIRST I.R. Pty Ltd as an innovative industrial relations consultancy and has been in private practice since then. In March 1996 he was appointed by the Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr Peter Reith, to assist the Taskforce on Policy Implementation at the Department of Industrial Relations. This was a three member taskforce charged with providing significant practical input into the creation of Australia's new federal industrial relations legislation.

Rod Lingard is a director of Wellington-based business advisory firm, Lingard Labour Markets. He has been involved in industrial relations and labour politics for the last two decades, the first 10 years spent as a union advocate for both New Zealand and Australian unions. During this time he also served as the trade union representative on the New Zealand Labour Party's ruling National Council. Rod then spent four years as an executive staffer in the last Labour Government. Since the change of government in 1990, and the introduction of the Employment Contracts Act in 1991, Rod has been working in what is now his own labour relations consultancy. Much of the work he now undertakes with client firms is devising and implementing human resource/industrial relations strategies to deconstruct' old rigid workplace arrangements, in a process made possible by the ECA reforms. Rod is also a director of Auckland Meat Processors, New Zealand's largest domestic meat producer.

Wayne Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He has held senior executive positions with Carlton & United Breweries Limited, Tooth & Co Ltd, South East Queensland Electricity Board, Oakbridge Limited and the Maritime Services Board of NSW. He is currently Chief Executive of Mercury Energy Limited, the largest electricity distributor in New Zealand. Wayne is a member of the New Zealand Business Roundtable, a non executive director of the Electricity Supply Association of New Zealand and a Director of Electricity Markets Company.

Tanya Cirkovic graduated in Law and Arts majoring in Literature from Monash University. After graduating, she commenced articles at Kroger & Kroger and in the late 1980s was part of the Kroger & Kroger team who registered the Castle Bacon Employment Agreement, the first of hits kind in Australia. While this kind of agreement is now common-place, it was at that time branded as an instrument of the "new right". Tanya became senior Partner at Kroger & Kroger when Mr Kroger set up J T Campbell & Co, and later changed the name to Tanya Cirkovic & Associates. Tanya Cirkovic & Associates now provides a complete industrial relations service. As well as acting as solicitors, the lawyers at Tanya Cirkovic & Associates act as counsel, personally appearing for their clients before the various courts and commissions with jurisdiction in the industrial relations field. The firm has also taken on an increasing consultancy component, helping clients to prevent problems, rather then simply solving them. One such recent project as the huge overhaul of Telstra's industrial relations practice---advising on the prevention and management of industrial relations problems within that organisation.

Doug Green has been, since October 1988, Managing Director of Port Nelson Limited and also the Executive Director of Tasman Bay Stevedoring Co Ltd. In October 1973 Doug emigrated to New Zealand from the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the Nelson Harbour Board in March 1977 as Assistant Treasurer, he spent one year with a Nelson firm of Public Accountants and two years with the New Zealand Audit Office. He was appointed Secretary/Treasurer of the Nelson Harbour Board in 1979, Assistant General Manager in November 1980, and General Manager in May 1984. Doug was also a member of the Establishment Unit of the Nelson Harbour Board which was charged with the setting up of the Port Company. Until the abandonment of the award system in New Zealand, he had been a National Negotiator on the awards affecting Harbour Board employees and represented the Port Companies at the national negotiations of the Waterside Workers Award which provided for waterside workers to be employed directly by individual companies on the abolishment of the Waterfront Industry Commission in New Zealand.

David Kemp has been the Member for Goldstein since 1990. He became the Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training in the first Howard Ministry on 11 March 1996. He is also a member of the Cabinet Legal Committee and assists the Minister for Finance in relation to Privatisation. In Opposition David had a number of portfolios and was heavily involved in the preparation of new directional statements and policy documents for the Coalition from 1990 to 1996. He was also a member of a number of influential committees, including Deputy Chairman of both the Expenditure Review Committee and the Policy Review Committee. Prior to entering politics, David was Senior Adviser to Malcolm Fraser from 1975 to 1976 and in 1981 was Director of the Private Office of the Prime Minister. From 1987 to 1988 he was a consultant to the Victorian Liberal Party acting as the State Director and Director of Strategy. Between 1979 and 1990 David was also Professor of Politics at Monash University. After receiving his Bachelors of Arts and of Law from Melbourne University, David received his doctorate in Political Science from Yale University. He has written numerous articles on liberalism and the nature of politics and a number of books---Society and Electoral Behaviour in Australia, Foundations of Australian Political Analysis: Politics and Authority and with D M White he edited Malcolm Fraser on Australia.

Richard Moran was educated at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School and obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1961 and a Bachelor of Economics degree in 1966 from Sydney University. From 1962 to 1975 he was employed by Mauri Brothers and Thompson Limited and from 1975 to 1978 he was a passionfruit and grape farmer. In 1979 Richard formed the Tweed Valley Fruit Processors and is the Managing Director.

Ken Phillips obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University and a Diploma of Teaching from the State College of Victoria. From 1975 to 1981 Ken was a Primary Teacher; from 1981 to 1986 Company Secretary for Commercial Butchers Pty Ltd; from 1986 to 1994 small business owner/operator; and from 1990 to 1994 Industrial and Marketing Officer for the Victorian Affiliated Teachers Federation as well as doing part time lecturing in small business as a TAFE teacher. Ken is now a Melbourne based workplace reform practitioner with specialist expertise in the commercial application of the independent contracting system known as Agency Contracting. The Agency Contracting System is being applied nationally across a broad spectrum of business and industries in the private and public sectors facilitating substantial workforce re-engineering. In addition, Ken co-ordinates programmes for the placement of unemployed Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodians into work and training. He has extensive experience in employment contract negotiation for employers and employees in the public and private sectors. Ken is also an occasional columnist on work reform, management and training issues.

Ray Evans graduated from the University of Melbourne in Electrical Engineering in 1960; Mechanical Engineering in 1961 and M.Eng.Sc. in 1975, From 1961 to 1968 he worked in the State Electricity Commission of Victoria as a graduate engineer and then joined the Gordon Institute of Technology as Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. 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 Corporation as Executive Officer. Since joining Western Mining Corporation he has worked as personal assistant to Hugh M Morgan AO (Managing Director of Western Mining Corporation). He has advised on issues affecting the Australian Mining industry particularly and business generally. Of special concern has been the Aboriginal Land Rights movement, the Environmentalist Movement and the economic debates affecting the industry, such as protection and privatisation . He is Founder and President of The H R Nicholls Society. He became a member of The Mont Pelerin Society in 1989. Mr Evans has published widely.