Industrial Relations Debate

Innes Willox and Dave Noonan
'The IR Election Battleground'
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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In the first National Press Club pre-election debate Innes Willox and Dave Noonan will debate the future of Industrial Relations.

Dave NoonanDave Noonan is the National Secretary of Australia’s largest construction union, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, (CFMEU) Construction and General Division.

Dave has worked for the union for over 25 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).  Prior to becoming a union official, Dave was a construction worker.

Dave is a trustee director of CBus, the pension fund for Australia’s construction workers.  The fund grew from an industrial campaign nearly 30 years ago and has 655,000 members and $30 billion in Australian funds under management.  He is also a Director of CBus Property which invests in Australia’s building and construction industry and also serves on Cbus’ Investment Committee.

Innes WilloxInnes 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:

·         Director of Australian Super
·         Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
·         Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
·         Board Member of National Industry Capability Network
·         Board Member of Migration Council of Australia
·         Member of RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board

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.  He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.