Catherine Livingstone AO

Recent Speaker

President, Business Council of Australia

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Address to the National Press Club'

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In the second year of her presidency of Australia’s peak business group and in her first address to the National Press Club, Ms Livingstone will canvass key national economic, social and political challenges for Australia and the policy agenda required to address them.

Catherine Livingstone was elected President of the Business Council of Australia in March 2014.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working with Price Waterhouse in Sydney and London, Catherine joined the Nucleus Group and spent nearly 20 years working in the field of implantable medical devices, including six years as CEO and Managing Director of Cochlear Limited from 1994 to 2000.

Catherine is Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited and is a Director of WorleyParsons Limited, Director of the George Institute for Global Health, Director of Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and President of the Australian Museum Trust. She is a Member of the Advisory Board for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney.

Catherine is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and has worked on many government reviews over the past 10 years, including as a Member of the Advisory Panel for the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper and a Member of the National Innovation Systems Review Panel. She is a Member of the Commonwealth Science Council.

Catherine was Chairman of CSIRO from 2001 to 2006, President of Chief Executive Women from 2007 to 2008, and Chairman of the Australian Business Foundation from 2002 to 2005.

She has served on the boards of Macquarie Group Limited, Goodman Fielder Limited and Rural Press Limited.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Macquarie University, an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Murdoch University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Business from UTS.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

In 2003 Catherine was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society in Business Leadership. In 2008 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development of Australian science, technology and innovation policies to the business sector through leadership and management roles and as a contributor to professional organisations.


Dave Oliver

Recent Speaker

Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Address to the National Press Club'

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Dave Oliver is the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He was elected at the 2012 Congress, following the retirement of Jeff Lawrence.

In 2007, Dave was elected National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. He was re-elected in 2011.

After leaving school in 1977, Dave began his working life as 15 year old apprentice at JR Simpson Engineering in Botany, NSW.

On completing his trade as a fitter, Dave went to work for the Sydney lift company, Johns Perry Lifts (later Boral Lifts).

He first became a union site delegate while working on the construction of the elevator in the new NSW Industrial Relations Commission building at 80 William St, Sydney.

After 10 years in the industry, and as a union activist with a passion for safety and asbestos issues, Dave became an organiser with the AMWU in 1988.

As a NSW Branch official, Dave led campaigns to protect workers’ entitlements from company collapses, before moving to Victoria as the Assistant National Secretary and then becoming Victorian Branch Secretary in 2002.

As AMWU National Secretary, Dave played a key role in the Your Rights at Work campaign and the Manufacturing: Australia’s Future campaign, as well as several government taskforces on apprenticeships, skills and the resource sector.

He is currently a director of Australian Super and a member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing.

Dave is married with four children and lives in Melbourne. He is a member of St Kilda Football Club and in his spare time likes to escape on his touring motorbike.

Senator Christine Milne

Recent Speaker

Leader of the Australian Greens

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Address to the National Press Club'

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Australian Greens Leader and Senator for Tasmania, Christine Milne, is one of Australia's most experienced environmental and political figures, with a career spanning 30 years.

Senator Milne grew up on a dairy farm in Tasmania and was arrested and jailed during the campaign to save the Franklin River in 1983. Following her successful campaign to stop the native forest-based Wesley Vale pulp mill in the late 1980s, she was elected to the Parliament of Tasmania in 1989.

Senator Milne became the first woman to lead a Tasmanian political party in 1993. She led the Greens in the balance of power from 1996-98 and pioneered multi-party power sharing. Senator Milne championed a vision to transform the state into a “clean, green and clever” economy. This vision has since become main stream.

In her ten years in the Australian Senate, Senator Milne has further developed her national and international reputation and expertise in global warming policy and sustainable economies. Senator Milne's unparalleled experience with power-sharing minority governments in Australia led to the establishment of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee and the negotiation of the Clean Energy Future package in 2011.

Senator Milne became leader of the Australian Greens in 2012.

The Hon Joe Hockey MP

Recent Speaker


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Post Budget Address'

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Joe Hockey was sworn in as Treasurer on 18 September 2013.

Mr Hockey was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and following his re-election in 1998, was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation.

He has since held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations.

Following the 2007 Federal Election Mr Hockey held a number of senior Shadow Ministry portfolios before being appointed Shadow Treasurer in February 2009.

Prior to entering politics, Mr Hockey was a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He was also Director of Policy to the Premier of New South Wales.

Mr Hockey is married with three children.

The Hon Chris Bowen MP

Recent Speaker

Shadow Treasurer

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Budget Reply Address'

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Chris Bowen was elected to the Federal Parliament as Member for Prospect in October 2004.

Chris was educated at Smithfield Public School and St Johns Park High School. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and won the Australian Transport Officers Federation Prize for the best industrial relations student at the University.

He joined the Labor Party in 1988 and has held many honorary positions in the party.

He was elected to Fairfield Council in 1995 and has been Chairman of the City Outcomes Committee, the Fairfield Town Centre Management Committee and the Community, Recreation and Development Committee.

Chris was elected Mayor of Fairfield for 1998 and 1999, and became President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils from 2000 to 2002.

Immediately before being elected to Parliament, Chris was Chief of Staff to Hon. Carl Scully, NSW Minister for Roads, Housing and Leader of the House.

Since being in Parliament, Chris has been elected as Deputy Chair of the House of Reps Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration.

He was also a member of the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.

In December 2006, Chris was appointed to the Federal Labor Party's frontbench as the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue & Competition Policy.

Following the historic election of the Labor Government in 2007, Chris was appointed to the new Ministry. Chris took on two portfolios as Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs.

In June 2009, Chris was elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Human Services. He also served as Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law.

Following the re-election of the Labor Government in 2010, Chris was appointed as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

In February 2013 Chris was appointed Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Minister for Small Business.

In June of the same year, Chris was appointed Treasurer by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Following the 2013 election, he served as Interim Labor Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition while the Labor leadership ballot was underway. He was later appointed Shadow Treasurer by Bill Shorten.

Salil Shetty

Recent Speaker

Amnesty International Secretary General

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Amnesty International Report Launch: Smart Justice for Indigenous Kids'

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Why Australia is imprisoning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at 24 times the rate of non-Indigenous children, and the innovative ways we can get smarter about justice and keep communities safe.

Salil Shetty joined Amnesty International as the organisation’s eighth Secretary General in July 2010.

A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Salil Shetty leads the movement's worldwide work to end human rights violations.

Prior to joining Amnesty International, Salil Shetty was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010. He played a pivotal role in building the global advocacy campaign for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

From 1998 to 2003 he was Chief Executive of ActionAid, and is credited with transforming the organisation into one of the world’s foremost international development NGOs.

Salil Shetty studied at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad and at the London School of Economics.