Let's Start All Over Again
Rafe Champion studied Agricultural Science at the University
of Tasmania and moved on to the social sciences in Sydney. He
has worked as a research officer and policy officer in the State
department of health and the Premier's Department. He has also been a
technical writer and editor with architects, engineers and the
Sydney Water Board. He has published extensively on health
and welfare issues, also on the philosophy and methods of the
human sciences and the rise of economic rationalism. A large
amount of unpublished work, including a summary of the achievement
of William Hutt can be found on his website at http://www.the-rathouse.com.
Peter Hendy is currently Executive Director of the
Australian council of commerce and Industry. Prior to his appointment
in 2002 he served with distinction in public administration and
policy development at Federal and State levels, for both Liberal
and Labor Governments. He was Chief of Staff to the Minister
for Defence and Chief of Staff to the Ministers for Workplace
Relations and Education. He has very extensive experience in
a broad range of business-related policy issues and has been
directly involved in policy negotiations and implementation at
State, national and international levels. He has also been a
senior economic consultant in the private sector where he worked
on a range of economic and strategic policy issues.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Economics
(First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and undertook
a scholarship in international economic relations at the Australian
National University. He has published various papers and articles
on public policy issues.
Hon Nick Minchin grew up
and was educated in Sydney. He spent his final year of school
in the USA on an American Field Scholarship, where he became
fascinated by and knowledgeable about US politics. He graduated
from the Australian National University with degrees in Economics
From 1977--83 he held a number
of positions at the Liberal Party Federal Secretariat, including
Deputy Federal Director.
In 1985 he was appointed State
Director of the South Australian Liberal Party. In 1993, he was
elected as a Liberal Senator for South Australia. From 1994 to
1996 he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the
When the Coalition won Government
in March 1996, Senator Minchin was appointed Parliamentary Secretary
to the Prime Minister with two specific responsibilities, making
the Native Title Act more workable, and implementing the Government's
policy to hold the Constitutional Convention.
He strongly supported the monarchist
cause during the referendum campaign of 1999.
Since then he has been given responsibility
for a variety of ministerial portfolios and became a cabinet
minister in 1998. He is reputed to be the only federalist in
the federal cabinet.
Senator Minchin was appointed as
Leader of the Government in the Senate on January 27, 2006.
The Hon John
appointed to the position of Commissioner of the Australian Building
and Construction Commission on 29 September 2005.
Much of his career has been as
a senior public servant in the workplace relations field. He
has held the following positions over the last 10-15 years:
- Deputy Secretary, Department of
Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government.
- CEO, Department of Productivity
and Labour Relations, WA Government.
- Executive Director, Department
of Business and Employment, Victorian Government.
- Commission member, National Occupational
Health and Safety Commission.
- Commission member, Comcare.
- Head of the Australian delegation,
International Labour Conference, Geneva.
- Chairman, Emergency Services Taskforce,
He was appointed Senior Deputy
President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in
August 2004 to September 2005.
Ken Phillips is co-founder and Executive Director of
Independent Contractors of Australia. Ken is an independent contractor
operating his own business, as a consultant, researcher, commentator,
lobbyist and strategist on labour and workplace reform issues.
Ken is a published authority on
independent contractor issues, directs external research on industrial
relations versus trade practices issues, and promotes the concept
of 'markets in the firm'. He consults to businesses on reform
strategies. Through his articles in the Australian Financial
Review, other newspapers and think-tank and academic journals,
Ken is known for approaching labour issues from outside normal
perspectives. Ken was ICA's representative at the 2003 International
Labour Organisation debate on the 'Scope of Employment Relationship.
He returns to the ILO this year to lobby to protect the rights
of independent contractors from international attacks against
independent contractor legitimacy. He is a principle lobbyists
on the Independent Contractors Act.
Ken has recently published a book
entitled Independence and the Death of Employment.
John Stone was
born and grew up in Western Australia. He attended Perth Modern,
the University of WA and went on to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
He joined the Commonwealth Treasury on his return to Australia
and was appointed Secretary in 1978. He resigned from the Treasury
in 1984 and came to Melbourne as a consultant. He became the
founding president of the H R Nicholls Society in 1986. In 1987
he was elected to the Senate as a Queensland National Party Senator
but resigned in 1990 to contest, unsuccessfully, the seat of
Fisher. Since 1984 he has been a columnist for a number of papers
and continues to influence public debate through his opinion
pieces which are published in The Australian. He and his wife
Nancy have been the driving force behind the Samuel Griffith