In Search of the Magic Pudding
Padraic P McGuinness was educated at St
Ignatius College, Sydney Boys High School, University
of Sydney, and the London School of Economics. He claims
to have acquired his mastery of economics through reading
in the Public Library. After graduating he worked at
various times for the OECD, the Narodny Bank, and as
editor of the International Currency Review. Apart
from a brief stint with the Minister for Social Security
in 1973-74 he has had a distinguished career in Australian
journalism since 1971. He now has a widely read column
on page 2 of The Australian.
David Bedford, Corporate Industrial Relations
Manager for Electricity Corporation of New Zealand
since 1987. Prior to this he worked in industrial relations
in New Zealand and Australia in the construction and
meat processing industries for 12 years, which included
five years with Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd on the gas
to gasoline Taranaki NZ project and Portland Aluminium
Smelter site in Victoria.
The Electricity Corporation of New Zealand is one
of a number of State Owned Enterprises created out
of former Government Departments by the Labour Government
in 1987. The Corporation has under its control the
generation of approximately 97% of all New Zealand
electricity requirements and the distribution and wholesaling
of electricity to local authorities who act as retailers.
The Corporation has a workforce of 4500 employees and
has an asset valuation of approximately 63 billion
NZ dollars. As a State Owned Enterprise its shareholders
are the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State
The industrial relations task has been to create an
industrial environment that augments and supports the
decentralised management style.
Sheldon R L Young has been 24 years in industrial
relations and marketing in Australia, New Zealand and
the United States. He started his career at the Employees'
Federation of New South Wales as a trainee in industrial
relations in 1963. In 1969 he joined the Australian
Council of Employer's Federation (now CAI) as the construction
industry's national advocate and negotiator. In 1973
he joined Bechtel doing field assignments and was appointed
Manager of Industrial Labour Relations in the San Francisco
office. He returned to Bechtel Pacific in Australia
in 1977 as first Australian National Vice President
in 1983. In 1984 he became Manager and Director of
Bechtel Australia and left in 1986 to start his own
Paul Houlihan was brought up on a dairy farm
at Nar Nar Goon, West Gippsland, Victoria. He was educated
at St Patrick's College in Ballarat. He has been a
key player in Australian industrial and labour relations
for almost 20 years, but particularly in the last decade
as Industrial Director for the National Farmers' Federation.
He has initiated and managed a number of actions which
have become important milestones in Australia's industrial
history. His understanding of the trade union movement
is the result of more than a decade in senior union
positions, ranging from Organiser to State Secretary.
This experience, coupled with his legal studies, gave
him a unique profile within employer organisations.
Paul Houlihan is now a consultant to a number of important
agribusiness companies in Australia and has clients
in several important service industries.
Ray Evans was educated at the Melbourne High
School and the University of Melbourne where he graduated
in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Sometime
President of the Melbourne University ALP Club and
delegate from the Federated Fodder and Fuel Trades
Union to Victorian ALP State Conferences, he resigned
from the ALP to act as campaign manager for Captain
SJ Benson who retained the federal seat of Batman as
an Independent in 1966. Prior to his appointment as
Executive Officer at Western Mining Corporation, Mr
Evans was Deputy of Engineering at Deakin University.
He brought together the group which founded the H R
Nicholls Society in 1985, and is currently Vice President
of the Society.
David Slee is a consultant to the Insurance
Industry. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries
and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He has
been a director of both Life and Non-Life Insurance
Companies, recently having retired as Chairman and
Managing Director of Royal Life Australia following
a take-over. Prior to then he spent many years as Chief
Actuary to the largest underwriter of private sector
Workers' Compensation in Victoria. He is an authority
on WorkCare, and predicted quite accurately in 1985
that the present WorkCare difficulties and deficit
Michael Porter was educated at Scotch College,
Adelaide, the University of Adelaide and Stanford University.
He has held teaching and research appointments at Stanford,
Simon Fraser, Essex, and Australian National Universities,
as well as advisory posts in government and the IMF.
He has been Professor of Economics since 1976 and Director
of the Centre of Policy Studies since 1979 at Monash
Ian McEwin graduated in Commerce from the University
of Newcastle and has specialised in the economics of
insurance, accidents, torts and compensation. He has
taught economics at Duntroon and is currently Research
Fellow at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University.
Ken Crompton graduated in law from the University
of Melbourne and worked in private legal practice until
1979. He was appointed Director of the Australian Chamber
of Manufactures in 1987. He has presented papers at
the International Bar Association and has had wide
experience in management.
Brian Baillie has had a distinguished career
in the Australian shipping and stevedoring industries.
He went to sea in 1942 and in 1951 commenced his career
in stevedoring with the Brisbane Stevedoring and Wool
Dumping Co Pty Ltd. In 1970 he was appointed Chairman
and Managing Director of Brisbane Wharves and Wool
Dumping Co Pty Ltd, and in 1983 Managing Director of
P&O Australia Ltd. From 1971 to 1976 he was a member
of the Federal Government's Transport Advisory Council.
David Trebeck graduated in Agricultural Science
at the University of Sydney and in Economics from the
University of New England and has had a distinguished
career in the rural industries. He has worked for,
or been associated with, the NSW Dept of Agriculture,
the Australian Woolgrower's and Grazier's council,
the National Farmers' Federation, the Australian Shippers'
Council, the National Bulk Commodities Group, and the
Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation. Since 1983
he has been Principal Consultant with ACIL Australia
Pty Ltd, a leading consultancy group based in Melbourne
Peter Costello was educated at Carey Grammar
and Monash University where he graduated in Arts and
Law with Honours. He was called to the Victorian Bar,
after practising as a solicitor in Melbourne for some
years, in 1984 and has established himself in the fields
of commercial law and industrial relations. He is a
part-time teacher of Industrial Relations at Monash
University and he has appeared in a number of recent
cases against the trade unions at Common Law. He won
Liberal Party preselection for the federal seat of
Higgins in April 1989.
David Russell QC became a solicitor (1974)
and barrister (1977) of the Supreme Court of Queensland
after completing his Ll.M. at the University of Queensland.
He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1986. Since 1984
he has been a central councillor and member of the
State Management Committee of the National Party of
Australia in Queensland.