Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair
John Stone, Secretary to the Commonwealth Treasury 1979-84; a founder of the HR Nicholls Society 1986, and Senator for Queensland and Leader of the National Party 1987-90. He and Nancy Stone founded The Samuel Griffith Society in 1992.
John Stone was born in Western Australian, attended Perth Modern and the University of WA, and was selected as the Rhodes Scholar for W.A. for 1951.
After Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics (P.P.E.) and won the James Webb Medley Prize for Economics, he joined the Commonwealth Treasury in 1954.
Today, he remains a contributor to the public affairs debate, writing frequently in the monthly Quadrant magazine, in the quarterly journal National Observer, and occasional newspaper articles on economic and political questions.
Brian M Johnson
Brian M Johnson MPA is the Executive Director of Alliance for Worker Freedom, a lobby group based in Washington DC. He is one of the United States' leading strategists in the field of industrial relations law and the art of political campaigning. He was the North Carolina state campaign manager for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign. He is currently fighting the proposals by the Obama Administration to wind back the gains in labour market freedom of the last 20 years, and proposals for a return to protectionism.
He studied at the University of North Carolina, George Washington University, and then at the Institut Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Brussels, where he specialised in International Political Economics and International Trade.
Alliance for Worker Freedom, which is related to Americans for Tax Reform, was founded in 2003 as a non-partisan organisation dedicated to combating anti-worker legislation and opposing forced membership of an organised labour union.
Stuart Wood is a barrister, publisher and commentator. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Samantha and their two children.
He is a leading industrial relations barrister and over the last decade his practice has involved acting for or advising almost all of Australia's major businesses. He is the non-executive Chairman and owner of Great Southern Press Ltd which he took over in 2001 and built it from a two person, one product enterprise to one with seven figure revenues, 12 employees with Asian and internet publishing and conferencing arms.
He has written extensively in the daily press, legal journals and at conferences of this Society, the Samuel Griffith Society and the Victorian Bar about legal and industrial matters, including policing failures during industrial disputes, the failure of some courts during industrial disputes, the failure of large companies to take advantage of industrial reforms and most recently about the High Court challenge to Work Choices.
He graduated in 1992 from University of Melbourne, with degrees in law and science. He has interests in a few horses.
Alex Robson is a Lecturer in School of Economics, Australian National University, with a research focus in economic theory, law and economics and public choice.
A frequent presenter of papers and opinion pieces. His "Knowledge, Demagoguery and Democracy", won First Prize at the 2002 Hayek Essay Contest, Mont Pelerin Society, London. In he presented "The Future of All Our Children: The Economics of Abortion at the 2007 Right to Life Australia Conference, 3-5 August, Melbourne.
He has presented in seminars to, amongst others, the Productivity Commission and the Commonwealth Treasury.
He is a member of the Public Choice Society of the US, and is on the board of the HR Nicholls Society.
Julie Novak is an economist and Research Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs.
She has previously worked for Commonwealth and State public sector agencies, including the Commonwealth Treasury and Productivity Commission. Julie was also previously advisor to the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Julie has written in applied policy journals and newspapers, including The Australian and Australian Financial Review, on economic reform issues. She is a member of the H. R. Nicholls Society.
Julie Novak has specialised in Austrian/evolutionary economics and public choice theory. She has also published on reform of indigenous schooling.
Simon is Special Counsel in the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety practice of DLA Phillips Fox in Perth.
He has held a range of senior positions in the Australian Mines and Metals Association in WA, NSW and Victoria. This included responsibility for AMMA's workplace policy development prior to the 2004 Federal Election and during the development and introduction of the Work Choices reforms.
Simon was an industrial relations adviser to the Court Government in WA at the time of its labour legislation reforms of the early 1990s and their implementation in public sector workplaces. Earlier he was a union official.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of WA and Masters of Law and Legal Practice (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is admitted as legal practitioner in the Supreme Courts of NSW and WA and the High Court of Australia. His practice covers workplace relations, employment and workplace safety issues affecting a range of industries, including mining, hydrocarbons, engineering and construction industries.
Kyle is the Secretary & General Manager of the National Electrical & Communications Association (NECA), Western Australia Chapter. NECA is the peak industry association for electrical and communications contractors in Australia, representing businesses who employ over 200,000 Australians. Prior to this, Kyle spent his early years deeply involved in his family's food manufacturing business. He completed studies in Commerce (majoring in Economics & Accounting) and Law at the University of Sydney in 2004, and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2005. Following this, Kyle chose to specialise in the field of construction and industrial relations law. After some time as a consultant to a wide range of businesses (particularly in the transport, shipping, retail and pastoral industries), Kyle commenced a role as Manager, Commercial & Industrial Relations for NECA NSW (2006-08).
Kyle is also a member of the board of the Society.
Peter Hendy is a professional economist having initially attained a Bachelor of Economics (Honours First Class) from the University of Queensland and started his career as a cadet in the Commonwealth Treasury. He currently runs his own economic consultancy business and is a former chief executive officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and at various times was chief of staff for the Leader of the Federal Opposition and various Cabinet Ministers. He is the author of over 100 articles, speeches and other publications and his book "Captains of Industry" was recently published by Melbourne University Press.
Gary Morgan is Executive Chairman of Roy Morgan Research, which was founded in1941 and provides Australia's longest running political polls. He has developed a substantial market research business now operating in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK and Indonesia. The clients of Roy Morgan Research include most major Australian companies', multi-national companies and institutions operating in Australia although it is most recognized for its political polling. The company employs approximately 450 full-time staff.
Gary Morgan was critical in the foundation and development of the Committee for Melbourne - a group of leading business people and influential public sector people, dedicated to the task of increasing Melbourne's world position.
Gary Morgan also has an interest in gold mining in Australia. He is Chairman of Haoma Mining NL, which has gold mine tenements located in the Marble Bar/Pilbara Region, Western and at Ravenswood.
He holds a B. Comm., Mathematics and Economics.
Michele Levine is the Chief Executive Officer of Roy Morgan Research ad has worked there since 1983.
With over 20 years of experience in the field of research, Michele Levine has designed and implemented hundreds of surveys and research programs. For the last 12 years as CEO of Roy Morgan Research, Michele has directed and been responsible for the quality of the research conducted at Roy Morgan Research.
She has prepared the company for international commercialisation of its core product, a single-source database research tool that tracks the media and product/service consumption habits and opinions (in Australia, a database of about 55,000 respondents annually and in New Zealand 15,000 respondents annually).
In 2001 she commenced Roy Morgan Single Source in the USA and UK (USA data based on 20,000 respondents, and UK 6,000 respondents). In 2004 commenced Roy Morgan Single Source in Indonesia.
She holds a B.Sc (Hons.), Psychology, and Master of Environmental Studies .
James Guest MA Oxon. MBA Melbourne, now an investor, farmer and derivatives trader, was a barrister and Whiggish Tory Liberal MP (Victorian Legisative Council 1976 -1996) with special interests in the areas requiring numeracy such as public sector superannuation. A founder member of the Society of Modest Members and happy to be called "economic rationalist" on trade, competition, the labour market and markets generally. An advocate of employing the ingenuity customarily exhibited by tax lawyers to IR and freeing up the labour markets.
Ken Phillips is the director of the Work Reform Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs and a co-founder and Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. Ken is a published authority on independent contractor issues, directs research on industrial relations and trade practices issues, the morality of labour reform, work safety and related issues. He promotes the management concept of 'markets in the firm'. He works with business clients on reform strategies.
In 2003 he represented the ICA' at the International Labour Organisations debate on the 'Scope of Employment Relationship.'
Ken's book Independence and the Death of Employment was published by Connor Court last year.
Formerly with NECA and AMMA, Gerard was placed on the roll of Solicitors in 2005 and called to the Bar in 2006. He is a member of Frederick Jordan Chambers and conducts his practice from these Chambers in Martin Place, Sydney. Gerard specialises in industrial and employment law, occupational health & safety, common law and taxation matters and customs.
Hugh Morgan AC
Hugh Morgan was MD of Western Mining Corp Ltd (WMC) from 1986 until 2002. During his career in the mining industry he served as President of the Australian Mining Industry Council, and more recently as President of the Business Council of Australia. He has played a significant role in crucial debates about Australia's place in the world and he has been a member of the H R Nicholls society since its foundation.
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