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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 seminars.

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 Services Board.

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 facilities.

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 and retailers.

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.