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Debate: Growing the Australian Economy: a Industry & Union Perspective
Dave Noonan Vs Innes Willox
August 22, 2012
11.30am - 1.30pm
"National Press Club Debate"
The battle between labour and capital is always at the forefront of Australian employment policy debate.
A vibrant Australian Industry particularly the construction sector is an essential driver for the wellbeing of the Australian economy.
Innes Willox, CEO of the Australian Industry Group and Dave Noonan –National Secretary CFMEU are leaders whose opinions are crucial for the political class and policy makers.
Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire.
His current appointments include:
Board Member of Innovation Australia, Board Member of the R&D Tax Incentive Advisory Group of Innovation Australia, Member Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Task Force, Member Defence Industry Innovation Board (DIIB), Member Defence Capability Development Advisory Forum (CDAF), Member Defence Industry Skilling Task Force (DIST), Member Defence Reserves Support Committee (DRSC), Member AusAID Business Engagement Steering Committee, Member Climate Change Action Fund Advisory Council, Member Procurement Consultative Committee and Member International Trade Remedies Forum
Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.
He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006.
Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).
Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School. He is on the Board of Windermere – Victoria’s oldest family and child services agency. Innes is married to Jennifer Conley and they have three children Alexander, Zoe and Annie. He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.
Dave Noonan is the National Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, (CFMEU) Construction and General Division – Australia’s largest construction union.
Dave worked on Melbourne construction sites before commencing at the CFMEU, and has worked at the union now for over 23 years. Prior to becoming National Secretary in 2006, he was an organiser and industrial advocate with the CFMEU Victorian Branch, and its antecedent the Building Workers’ Industrial Union (BWIU).
Dave is a Trustee and on the Board of CBus, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds with more than 655,000 members. He is also a Director of CBus Property which invests in Australia’s building and construction industry and also serves on Cbus’ Investment Committee. Dave is a member of the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council (BEIIC), a Government appointed Board, he is also a member on the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) and is involved internationally as a Secretariat Member with the Trades Union International of Workers in the Building, Wood, Building Materials & Allied Industries (UITBB).
Moderated by, Director of the National Press Club of Australia and Sky News Political Reporter David Speers.
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