'We used to run this country,
wouldn't be a bad thing if we did again'
Is General Manager Workplace Policy for AMMA. He is
a member of the ACCI Council, Employment and Labour Relations
Committee, a Director of the National Business Action Fund and
has represented Australian employers at a range of International
Labour Organisation meetings. He is also Executive Officer of
the Agribusiness Employers Federation, a position he has held
almost continuously since May 1992.
Prior to joining AMMA in 1992, Christopher was an Industrial
Advocate for the South Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(now Business SA) from 1989 to 1992 and a Police Officer (Prosecutor)
from 1978 to 1987.
is Director of Workplace Policy for the Australian Chamber
of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the peak national body of employer
organisations in Australia. Peter is an industrial lawyer and
a workplace policy specialist.
Peter joined ACCI at the beginning of 2002. Prior to this Peter
was Senior Adviser to two Federal Ministers for Employment and
Workplace Relations, Peter Reith and Tony Abbott.
He also helped shaped workplace reforms by the South Australian
government between 1993 and 1995 and was chief of staff to the
South Australian Premier in 1996.
is Chairman of the "Australian Catholic Commission
for Employment Relations" (ACCER). He was the primary author
of "Workplace Relations: A Catholic Perspective" published
in May 2007. Mr Lawrence was formerly a member of the Victorian
Industrial Relations Tribunal.
is Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Building and Construction
Commission. Nigel had been the Director of the Building Industry
Taskforce since its inception in October 2002. He was originally
seconded from the Australian Crime Commission (formerly the National
Crime Authority) where he held the position of National Director
of Intelligence. Throughout the Cole Royal Commission, Nigel
was the NCA's liaison officer. Before joining the NCA, he was
an Assistant Commissioner with the AFP. His law enforcement experience
spans over 38 years.
At the age of 21, whilst an employee within Marketing
at Telstra, Grace was identified by Officials within the Community
and Public Sector Union as an individual with leadership talent
for the organisation of labour and workplace activism. Inducted
into the ACTU's special training and development program, Grace
began as a rookie Organiser with The Australian Services Union.
Subsequently, rejected by the BLF and the CFMEU on the grounds
of being "a girl and too small", she eventually secured
a position as Organiser with the Storeman and Packers Union;
commonly referred to as 'the Packers and Wackers'
During the great dispute between Patrick and the MUA, Grace
played an instrumental role in the Queensland section of the
resistance movement and was one of the core group arrested and
charged for her role in operations. However, upon the election
of the Labor Government, all charges against Grace were dropped;
for which Grace informs me she is now most grateful.
The road travelled since her early days as a Union Official
has been one of growth and challenge as Grace has navigated through
several strategic career moves that have propelled her to her
current role as a partner and advisor to boards and top-level
Grace formed Industrial Relations Consulting in 2003. Since
then, each project Grace has undertaken has been stamped with
her individual style; she conceives and steers strategic long-term
visions for her clients while simultaneously micro managing the