One Hundred Years of the Higgins Legacy:
Treasured Inheritance or Debilitating Folly?
Peter Anderson is Director
of Workplace Policy for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (ACCI), the peak national body of employer organisations
Peter joined ACCI at the beginning of 2002. Prior to this
Peter was Senior Adviser to two Federal Ministers for Employment
and Workplace Relations between 1997 and 2001, Peter Reith and
Tony Abbott. He also developed the Australian government's trade
practices reforms in 1998 whilst Peter Reith was small business
Peter lives in Melbourne but is originally from South Australia.
He was responsible for the South Australian government's industrial
relations, workers compensation and occupational health and safety
reforms between 1993 and 1996 and was chief of staff to the South
Australian Premier Dean Brown in 1996.
He was Executive Director of the Retail Traders Association
of South Australia between 1998 and 1991 and a Director of the
Retailers Council of Australia. He has also been a partner in
a commercial law practice, specialising in employment law.
Peter has an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate
Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Adelaide.
He is also a contributing author to a major teaching publication
on Business Law.
Ray Evans is a consultant
and President of the H R Nicholls Society.
Emeritus Professor Keith Hancock
retired in 1997 from his position as Senior Deputy President
of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. He now has
honorary appointments at Adelaide and Flinders Universities,
where he is studying aspects of the regulation and deregulation
of the labour market. He achieved early success in academia as
a labour economist and was appointed by Prime Minister Hawke
to chair the committee of inquiry into the state of industrial
relations in Australia. The Hancock Report was issued in May
1985, and led to the founding of the H R Nicholls Society in
Mark Harrison has a PhD
in economics from the University of Chicago and taught for 10
years at the Australian National University (ANU) and the University
of Chicago. He has been a visiting researcher at the Research
School of Social Sciences at the ANU, the George Stigler Centre
for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University
of Chicago and the Productivity Commission in the Australian
Government. He has published many articles on education issues
and has undertaken commissioned research for the Ministry of
Education, the Treasury and the Education Forum in New Zealand,
and the Australian Review of Higher Education Financing and Policy
(the West Review) and the Industry Taskforce on Leadership and
Management Skills (Karpin Committee) in Australia.
The New Zealand Education Forum recently published his 'Education
Matters: Government, Markets and New Zealand Education', a comprehensive
overall examination of the education system and the proper role
Empirical evidence and economic analysis is used to derive
an optimal structure for ownership, regulation and funding of
schools and a reform plan for schooling is set out.
Professor Phil Lewis is
Professor of Economics and Head of the School of Business at
the University of Canberra and the Canberra Director of the Centre
for Labour Market Research, a consortium of the University of
Canberra and three universities in Perth. The Centre has a record
of over 18 years of research in all aspects of labour market
analysis. Phil is among the best-known economists in the area
of employment, education and training in Australia. He is the
author of over 80 books, book chapters and journal articles.
Apart from a distinguished academic career he has worked in government
and has produced a number of major reports for the private and
public sectors. He is also the National President of The Economic
Society of Australia.
Des Moore was formerly
Deputy Secretary to the Commonwealth Treasury, Senior Fellow
of the IPA, and is now Director of the Institute of Private Enterprise
(IPE). He is a member of the board of the HR Nicholls Society.
Ken Phillips is a workplace
relations consultant, a member of the board of the H R Nicholls
Society, and secretary of Independent Contractors Australia.
He appears frequently as a columnist in the Australian Financial
Alex Robson was born in
Canberra and grew up in Townsville where he went to school and
to James Cook University, graduating in Economics in 1994. After
two years in the Treasury He then went to the University of California
at Irvine, completing a PhD in 2001. He won first prize in the
Hayek Essay Competition awarded by the Mont Pelerin Society in
October 2002. He is currently lecturing at the School of Economics
at the ANU.