Hon Tony Burke MP
Parliament Australia, Shadow Minister Industrial Relations
Tony Burke is the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Shadow Minister for the Arts and Manager of Opposition Business in the 46th Australian Parliament.
Tony grew up in a small business family, later ran his own small business and also worked as the local organiser for retail workers. Tony's portfolios reflect his lifelong commitments to working people, the environment and to the arts.
In Government, Tony Burke was responsible for resolving 100 years of conflict in the Murray-Darling Basin, placing Tasmania's forests on the World Heritage list, making the second-largest conservation decision in the history of the planet by protecting our oceans and implementing the comprehensive Creative Australia arts and culture policy.
He has also led the fight against racial hate speech with the iconic Walk for Respect in the heart of his community in Lakemba.
The Fair Work Ombudsman
Professor Marilyn Pittard
Law Resources, Monash University
Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, based at the Australia Institute. The Centre for Future Work focuses on issues of work, labour markets, income, economic development, technology, inequality, skills, and more. The Centre was founded in May 2016, with Jim as its inaugural Director, and has quickly become Australia’s leading source of independent progressive expertise on work and labour.
Jim divides his time between Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada, where he remains one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators. Jim received his Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York. He also holds an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Calgary.
Jim is the author of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism (second edition published by Pluto Books in 2015), which has been published in six languages.
Mr Innes Willox
Chief Executive Australian Industry Group
Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire.
Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012. Amongst other appointments, Innes is also a Director of Australian Super, Chair of the Migration Council of Australia and a Board member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
Prior to joining AiGroup in 2008 he served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006 and earlier was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).
Innes began his career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age
newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in Canberra.