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The Hon Ian Viner QC, Ll.B. (hons); was educated
at Bunbury High School and the University of WA. He
was elected MHR (Lib) for Sterling (WA) in 1972. He
was appointed Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in 1975,
Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs in 1978,
Minister for Industrial Relations in 1981, Minister
for Defence Support in 1982. He was defeated in the
federal election in 1983 and returned to private practice.
John R Sullivan joined BHP in 1952 and has
worked principally in industrial relations management
areas. In 1980 he was appointed as Corporate Director,
Industrial Relations, a position he retains in addition
to that of General Manager Human Resources and External
Affairs, BHP Steel International Group, to which he
was appointed in September 1987.
Neville Hughes served as an infantryman in
the Welsh Regiment for eight years with service in
Korea, 1951-52, Hong Kong, Germany and the UK. He resigned
in 1956 with a rank of Lieutenant and spent three years
with The Ford Motor Company in the UK. In 1959 he migrated
with his family to Adelaide, where he joined Pilkington
Bros Pty Ltd, Safety Glass Manufacturers. He subsequently
moved with the company to Geelong.
In 1971 he joined the CBA Bank and in 1974 he joined
Volvo Australia Pty Ltd to assist in its parts distribution
project before being appointed Manager Planning. In
1977 he became the Director of The Liberal Party in
Victoria until 1983. Since 1983 he has been the Executive
Director of The Private Hospitals Association of Victoria.
Bruce D Shepherd, MB, BS (Syd), BDS (Syd) FRCS
(Eng) FRCS (Edin), FRACS, Orthopaedic Surgeon was educated
at Christian Brothers Mt Carmel College, Tamworth.
He graduated BDS Sydney University 1953, MB, BS Sydney
University 1958, FRCS England 1961, FRCS Edinburgh
1961 FRACS (Orth) 1963.
Currently immediate Past President Australian Orthopaedic
Association, National President Australian Society
of Orthopaedic Surgeons, President-Elect NSW Branch
of Australian Medical Association, Co-founder Federation
of Independent Doctors of Australia, National Vice-Chairman
Australian Federation of Employers, Chief of Department
of Orthopaedic & Traumatic Surgeon Baulkham Hills
Private Hospital, Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon Sydney
Adventist Hospital, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, and
St Lukes Hospital, Orthopaedic Consultant to Spastic
Centre of NSW. He founded with his wife Annette
The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children and their Parents
at Sydney University.
Senator The Hon Fred Chaney (Lib---WA) was
educated at Aquinas College Perth and the University
of Western Australia where he graduated in law. He
was elected to the Senate in 1974, appointed government
Whip in 1975, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in 1978,
and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in 1983.
He has held various shadow portfolios, including industrial
relations, since 1983.
David Clark graduated with first class honours
in economics and subsequently a Ph.D. in economics
from the University of Sydney. He has held visiting
fellowships and taught at the University of Cambridge
and the Universite de Louvain, Belgium. He is currently
on leave from the School of Economics, University of
NSW, which enables him to work full time on the Australian
Financial Review as an editorial writer and columnist.
His latest book is 'Economic Update; The 50 Most Important
Graphs of the Australian Economy Explained'.
Dr Keith Trace, graduated from Nottingham University
and has higher degrees from the University of Illinios
and University of Melbourne. He has published extensively
on the economics and economic history of the shipping
industry and is especially interested in the economics
of liner and bulk shipping. His research interests
extend to technological change, business and entrepreneurial
history. Dr Trace has acted as consultant to shipping
companies, airlines and government. Recent consultancies
include a cost-benefit study of a possible new dry
dock for the Victorian Government, membership of a
Review Committee in connection with the replacement
of the 'Empress of Australia' by the 'Abel Tasman',
and a manning cost study of overseas container ships
in conjunction with the Centre for Transport Policy
Analysis, University of Wollongong.
Graham Gilbert has been involved in the management
and operation of shipping container terminals for eighteen
years. He has participated in the introduction and
development of containerisation, including the control
of waterfront labour in both Australia and New Zealand,
and has presented papers at numerous international
He was hired in 1970 by Seatainer Terminals Ltd in
Melbourne as Customer Services Manager. Within three
months he was appointed Manager of the White Bay Container
Terminal in Sydney; and in 1972 became Assistant General
Manager of the company, which operated three container
terminals and four container depots around Australia.
In 1974 he was appointed General Manager of Glebe
Island Terminals Pty Ltd, the private enterprise company
formed to take over the Sydney Container Terminal that
had been built and operated, disastrously, by the Maritime
After nine years he set up an independent consultancy
practice and contracted with the Auckland Harbour Board
to manage and develop all of that port's container
He returned to Australia in late 1986 to carry out
various consultancy assignments. Internationally he
has advised on containerisation and port management
in Kingston, Jamaica, Manila, Port Moresby and Bangkok.
Terry Lawler was educated at Newcastle Technical
High School and University of Newcastle where he graduated
in Commerce. He became a member of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in Australia in 1975 and was
admitted as a Fellow of that Institute in April 1986.
He was employed in Newcastle and Canada by an international
chartered accounting firm prior to commencing public
practice in 1977. His firm is one of the larger locally
based chartered accounting firms with offices in Newcastle,
Maitland, and the Central Coast, servicing the following
industry sectors; metal manufacturing; construction;
motor vehicles; leisure and service industries, wholesalers
Argo Kuru worked during 1948-50 as a station
hand on a sheep station at Quirindi, NSW. He studied
privately to obtain his Intermediate and Leaving Certificates
in 1950 and 1951. He then, subsequently, graduated
with honours in Civil Engineering from the University
of NSW. He took engineering appointments with the Snowy
Mountains Authority, McDonald Constructions Pty Ltd,
Transfield Pty Ltd, Citra Constructions Pty Ltd in
NSW, WA, Qld. In 1976 he was appointed Construction
Manager John Lysaghts Pty Ltd, Westernport Vic. In
1979 Peko Wallsend Ltd appointed him Senior Projects
Engineer, Manager of Operations, Mt Morgan Ltd, and
since mid 1984 Group Executive, Coal (General Manager,
Newcastle Wallsend Coal Co. Newcastle). He is a Member
of The Institution of Engineers, Aust. and the Australasian
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Herb Larratt has been General Manager, Corporate
Industrial Services, Peko Wallsend since 1981. Prior
to that he was Chief Industrial Officer Construction
of Ranger Uranium Mines 1978-81, Manager Industrial
& Personnel Division Queensland Nickel 1974-78,
Chief Industrial Officer Construction of Queensland
Nickel Project 1972-74, Personnel & Industrial
Manager McDonald Industries 1966-72, and Services Manager,
Procon Pty Ltd 1959-66. Before moving into the field
of industrial relations he was a Supervisor/Foreman
Marine Engineer. He is immediate Past President, Industrial
Relations Society of NSW; and a Councillor of the Employers
Federation of NSW.
Alan Rowe is Senior Adviser in the Business
Council of Australia's Industrial Relations Study Commission's
Secretariat, on secondment from the Commonwealth Treasury.
He joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1968 and,
since joining Treasury in 1983, has worked in areas
responsible for Commonwealth-State finances, the Department's
management and co-ordination functions, and incomes
and prices issues.
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