Wrong Way---Go Back


Steve Harrison obtained a BA from Macquarie University in 1973 and a LL.B from the University of New South Wales in 1976. He is currently a Director of Australian Bargaining Agency, a company established to cater for the need for bargaining agents under the new Workplace Reform Act. Steve is also a Director of Industrial Development Australia and a consultant for Allen Allen & Hemsley and ANZ Bank, Managed Investment Limited. From 1993 to 1997, he was National Secretary of The Australian Workers' Union, a union created due to the amalgamation of the Australian Workers' Union (AWU) and the Federation of Industrial, Manufacturing and Engineering Employees (FIMEE) in November 1993. In November 1988 Steve was elected National Secretary of the Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia (FIA) and from 1980 to October 1988 he was Secretary of the Tasmanian Branch of the FIA.

Des Moore is Director of The Institute for Private Enterprise which he formed in February 1996 to promote the role of genuine private enterprise in Australia and to advocate a reduced role for government. For the nine years prior to February 1996 he was the Senior Fellow of the Economic Policy unit of the Melbourne based think-tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. During this period he published papers on a wide range of economic policy issues. Prior to joining the IPA in February 1987, Des worked for 28 years in the Commonwealth Treasury, including five yeas as one of three Deputy Secretaries. While in Treasury, he headed most of the main policy areas. Des is a graduate in law from Melbourne University and in economics from the London School of Economics.

Geoff Partington was educated at the University of Bristol and the University of London Institute of Education where he obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. In 1989 he obtained a Ph.D from the University of Adelaide. From 1976---1994 Geoff was Senior Lecturer at Flinders University of South Australia and since 1994 he has been Senior Lecturer in Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, and is also Visiting Scholar, Flinders University of South Australia. Geoff has published widely and has won the George Watson Prize twice---for best essay on a political subject published in Australia during 1978 and during 1991.

Ken Phillips is a labour contract specialist and workplace reform practitioner. He is the published authority on the unique Odco work arrangements made possible by the Troubleshooters case of the late 1980s. Odco is being applied across Australia releasing businesses and workers from the constraints of industrial relations awards and processes. Ken works on the strategies of applying Odco to businesses. In addition to the Odco involvement, Ken consults to government, business and individuals on workforce engagement trends and how to cope, adapt and benefit from emerging arrangements. Ken runs a specialist placement agency finding work for long term unemployed Cambodians. He has been a primary school teacher, company secretary for a chain of retail and wholesale butcher shops, lectured in the TAFE sector, run his own chain of retail shops and been a paid union official.

David Purvis obtained a LL.B and BA/MA Prelim. from Melbourne University and has been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. He commenced employment with Freehill Hollingdale and Page in August 1997. From February 1996 until August 1997 David was Employee Relations Legal Adviser at the Department of State Development Employee Relations Branch, Legal and Policy. From December 1995 to February 1996 he was Ministerial Adviser---Industrial Relations for the Minister for Industry & Employment; Minister for Regional Development, The Honourable Phillip Gude MP and from July 1994 to December 1995 David was Employee Relations Adviser, Department of Business & Employment, Employee Relations Branch, Legal and Policy Division.

Horst Rilk worked with various ship broking firms in Germany, London, Argentina/Uruguay, Buenos Aires and Tokyo before joining the Columbus Line in New York in 1957 where he had responsibility for the parent company's refrigerated tramp tonnage operating in the Americas. After the foot and mouth disease embargo by the United States on South American beef, he put up the proposition that this commodity be shipped from Australasia. In November 1960 Horst was transferred to Auckland to assist in the start up of Columbus Line's New Zealand/West Coast North American service. In July 1961 he relocated to Sydney as the owners' representative to prepare for the entry of further Columbus services from Australasia to USA and Canada and to supervise their agencies. With the advent of containersation, in July 1970 Horst established Columbus offices in the capital cities in Australia and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer for Columbus Lines in Australia. He retired in July 1991.