Elizabeth Blandthorn MP, Pascoe Vale, Victoria, Australian Labor Party
Elizabeth Blandthorn is the Labor Member for Pascoe Vale since 2014. She is Chair of the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee in the Parliament of Victoria. The role of the committee is to compare proposed legislation against the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Prior to election she was a Senior Officer for the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. For many years she was an official of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Ass. - the largest trade union in Australia. She was twice elected Vice President of the Victorian Labor Party. She studied a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne.
The Honourable John Brumby
John Brumby is a former Premier of Victoria (2007 - 2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government. Since retiring from politics, John has accepted a number of appointments in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, including: Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund; Chairman of Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd; Independent Director of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Limited; Professorial Fellow at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University; Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute; Director of the Fred Hollows Foundation; and National President of the Australia China Business Council. John is widely published on a range of issues including Federation, tax reform and China. He was Chair of the COAG Reform Council from January 2013 to June 2014 and over recent years has led a number of national policy reviews, including the 2012 GST Distribution Review and the 2013 report into the establishment of an Anti-Dumping Authority. John had recently chaired a Review into Regional Economic Development and Services for Victoria.
The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO
Quentin Bryce has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland and for Australia. Across life Ms Bryce has been involved in a wide range of government and non- government organisations. On 5 September 2008 Ms Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up the office, she was a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brought more than 40 years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role. In August 2014 she was appointed by the former Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman to chair a Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence. Ms Bryce presented the report of the Taskforce, Not Now, Not Ever, to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in February 2015. Following the government announcing that it would accept the Not Now, Not Ever recommendations, Ms Bryce will head up a new council, as Chair, to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.
Dr Andrea Carson
Dr Andrea Carson, lecturer in Media and Politics, The University of Melbourne. Andrea Carson is also an honorary fellow at the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism. Her research interests include the relationship between news media and democracy, the role of investigative journalism, digital media and political communication. Andrea writes and commentates about Australian politics and is an academic advisor to Vote Compass (ABC) and Election Watch (The University of Melbourne). Her research examines voter behaviour, and electoral studies more broadly. Andrea has previously worked in both the media and political spheres. She was a news journalist at The Age and has worked as a reporter, producer and broadcaster in radio (ABC 774, 3RRR) television (7.30 Report) and online (The Age, ABC). She was the national media officer to Bill Shorten at the Australian Workers' Union. Before commencing her PhD, Andrea produced ABC 774's morning radio program with Jon Faine. She regularly contributes opinion pieces (and podcasts) to The Age, The Conversation, The Drum, New Matilda, Crikey, The Citizen and has a regular guest commentator role on ABC 774 and ABC TV 24 news breakfast. A recent highlight was broadcasting the 2016 Australian federal election results live with Jon Faine.
Kate Chapple, Senior Researcher and Course Coordinator, University of Queensland and former Speechwriter, Dame Quentin Bryce
Kate Chapple is former speechwriter for Dame Quentin Bryce, former Governor of Queensland. She is also a lawyer and writer whose professional experience over 30 years has exercised the lesser known yet enormously rewarding possibilities of a traditional qualification. While her first decade of work was spent as a solicitor in a range of practice areas from corporate banking to community legal, Kate's interests turned to developing lawyers' skills. After some years of designing and delivering early-practice skills training to graduate lawyers, Kate was appointed by a leading national law firm to establish and manage Australia's first in-house program for the delivery of pre-admission training to graduates across the firm's eastern offices. An opportunity arose to write for former lawyer, Ms Quentin Bryce, in her role as Governor of Queensland. What was anticipated as a short term assignment spanned nearly ten years through to the end of Ms Bryce's Governor-Generalship.
Peta Credlin, Sky News Contributor and National Columnist
Peta is a political contributor for Sky News Australia and columnist for News Limited's, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Herald-Sun and other weekend mastheads. She is a strategist and policy professional with over a decade of experience at the highest levels of Australian politics. Peta was Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Hon Tony Abbott MP between 2013 and 2015. She earlier joined his office as Chief of Staff when he was elected Leader of the Opposition in 2009. A political and campaign veteran, Credlin's tenure makes her one of the longest serving chiefs of staff to a national leader in Australia and the longest serving woman to hold this appointment. Peta was born and raised in Wycheproof in country Victoria before finishing her secondary education at Sacred Heart College in Geelong. She has a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Melbourne with a concentration in constitutional law, politics and history. Peta is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in Victoria, recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU) where she won the ACT Law Society Prize for the top student in 2009 and is currently completing a Master of Laws at the ANU.
John Daley, Chief Executive, Grattan Institute
John Daley is the inaugural Chief Executive of Grattan Institute, which provides independent, rigorous and practical solutions to Australia's most pressing public policy issues. John's work at Grattan Institute has focused on economic and budgetary reform. He is particularly interested in government prioritisation. His other interests include analysing the situations in which government intervention is justified, and the limits to government. He has 25 years' experience spanning policy, academic, government and corporate roles. He has worked for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co, and ANZ where he was Managing Director of the online stockbroker, E*TRADE Australia. John completed an LLB (Hons) and a BSc at The University of Melbourne in 1989, and a doctorate in public law at the University of Oxford in 1999.
Hon Mary Delahunty GAICD, Executive Director, Luminosity Australia and former Journalist and Politician
Mary Delahunty is a former interviewer and presenter with ABC television and commercial networks. Mary is best known for leading ABC TV News and current affairs programs, the 7.30 Report and Four Corners. She received Australia’s most prestigious award in journalism, a Gold Walkley, for her international reporting Mary served for seven years as a Victorian state Government Minister in senior portfolios. She carried significant executive responsibility and a high media profile as Minister for Education, is Victoria's longest serving Arts Minister and first female Planning Minister. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors she is an experienced Board Director and runs her own communications and strategy business.
Christina Dickinson, Director of Policy, Office of Premier of Victoria
Christina Dickinson is the Director of Policy for the Premier of Victoria. Prior to this role Christina held a number of senior policy adviser roles in the Bracks/Brumby Government and State Opposition, and has extensive experience in health and social policy. Christina has held numerous roles in the Australian Labor Party, including Co-Convenor and Secretary of the Victorian Labor Women's Network, and is also a member of EMILY's List. Raised in Ballarat, Christina moved to Melbourne for school and university, where she studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science at Monash University. Christina is passionate about promoting gender equality in politics and society. Christina balances a busy job with raising two young children.
Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
Carolyn Evans is Dean of Melbourne Law School. Carolyn has degrees in Arts and Law from Melbourne University and a doctorate from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and where she held a stipendiary lectureship for two years before returning to Melbourne in 2000. She worked for a period as a lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron after graduating from Melbourne. In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow at American and Emory Universities to examine questions of comparative religious freedom.
Hon Margaret Fitzherbert MLC, Southern Metropolitan, Victoria, Liberal Party
Margaret Fitzherbert was elected to represent the Southern Metropolitan Region, an upper house seat in the State Parliament of Victoria, at the state election held in November 2014. In February 2015, Margaret was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Women's Health, and Rural and Regional Health. Margaret has worked as an industrial advocate, with particular expertise in defending unfair dismissal claims. From 1998 - 2002 she was a ministerial adviser to the Minister for Women Hon Judi Moylan MP, and the Hon David Kemp MP, Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs. Returning to the private sector in 2002, Margaret worked in senior communications roles for various employers, including ANZ and the National Australia Bank.
Jackie Fristacky, Councillor, City of Yarra
Jackie Fristacky is a Councillor of the City of Yarra, in inner Melbourne Australia, holding office over four terms: 2002-2016; and Mayor: 2005-2006; 2012/13; 2013/14. A prominent spokesperson on sustainable transport for cities, Jackie is past Chair and current Treasurer of the Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) comprising 24 Melbourne metropolitan councils and associate members from government, industry and not for profit sectors. She is also a past Board member of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), and a member of the Association's Transport and Infrastructure Advisory Committee. With a Master of Laws degree and Master of Public Policy and Management degrees, Jackie started out her career teaching politics at The University of Melbourne and law at LaTrobe University.
Amanda Gome, Head, Notable Media
Amanda Gome has been a CEO, senior executive, entrepreneur, publisher and business journalist, and at the forefront of Australian media and communications for more than 25 years; in particular leading change through the constant stream of disruptive digital and social technologies that have transformed the industry. She is currently the CEO of Notable Media, a social communications and marketing business that assists executives and corporates use social media, digital platforms and content to build influence, communities, conversations and business results. ANZ remains a client. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Business at RMIT University, a position she has held for 15 years.
Tanya Jones, former Managing Director, Lawrence Creative Strategy
Tanya Jones is a communications and advertising professional with over 20 years of experience, with almost half of that as Managing Director for Lawrence Creative Strategy working alongside the late Neil Lawrence on successful corporate and political campaigns, most notably for the Labor Party, Recognise, Qantas and BHP Billiton. With experience in running advertising campaigns for three federal elections (including Kevin07, 1998 and 1996) and two successful state elections that were won against the odds (Anna Bligh's in 2009 and Jay Weatherill's in 2014), Tanya offers great insight into successful communications strategy, messaging and what makes for an effective political advertising campaign. Having been part of the campaign that elected the country's first elected female premier, and a member of the STW Communication Group's Women in Leadership and Gender Diversity councils, Tanya is passionate about advancing gender equity and seeing more women enter into politics.
Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre
Simon Longstaff is Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. Simon's distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss True Leaders for the 21st century. Simon has a PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge University where he lectured and consulted to the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts. He worked in the Northern Territory in the Safety Department of BHP subsidiary, GEMCO before becoming the inaugural Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. He was also inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics, and serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
Hon Judi Moylan GAICD
In 1993 Judi Moylan GAICD, was elected to the federal Seat of Pearce. She served as Minister for Family Services and Minister for the Status of Women and held senior positions over her 20 years in Parliament. Upon retirement from Parliament in 2013 she was appointed Independent President and Chair of the Board of Diabetes Australia. From 2013-2015 Mrs Moylan was co-chair of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group for the Federal government. Elected Global Coordinator of the International Diabetes Federation's Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network (IDF-PDGN) Mrs Moylan served in that position until the conclusion of the successful Global Forum in Vancouver CA in November 2015. She was a member of the Diabetes Forum of the World Innovation Summit for Health and a participant in the Panel discussion on Diabetes in Qatar in 2015.
Awards include: the Sir Kempson Maddox award, Diabetes Australia Outstanding Services award, the Alan Missen Medal for "serving democracy with integrity" 2013, and lifetime achievement awards from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Novo Nordisk.
Dr Jess Murphy, independent strategist, advisor, keynote speaker and mentor
Dr Jess Murphy is focused on finding innovative ways to disrupt the status quo and transform leadership in the corporate world and society more broadly. Jess views opportunities rather than problems and when presented with complex situations brings expertise, energy and innovative thinking to the work she does. Jess is well-known and recognised for accelerating strategies through the lens of gender, culture and inclusive leadership. This includes working with a major political party to accelerate progress in both attracting women to the party, increasing the numbers of women for preselection and ultimately ensuring equitable representation of women in parliament. These programs build upon Jess' experience and reputation in creating a globally recognised in-house program to prepare women for board directorships, a nationally recognised womens' focused money and life skills program as well as her contribution to the now global Male Champions of Change movement including the Convener role of the Australian Institute of Architects group.
Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Higgins, Victoria, Liberal Party
Kelly O'Dwyer is the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer in the Turnbull Government. In December 2009 Kelly was elected to represent the seat of Higgins, her local electorate, following the retirement of former Federal Treasurer the Hon Peter Costello AC. She served as Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics from 2013 and was a Committee Member from October 2010. Kelly is the founder and Chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering. In addition, Kelly serves as an Ovarian Cancer Ambassador, Patron of the Stonnington City Brass and Patron of the East Malvern Junior Girls Football Team.
Clare O'Neil MP, Federal Member For Hotham, Labor
Clare O'Neil has been the Member for Hotham since September 2013. Clare is a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics and founder of the Parliamentary Friends of Philanthropy. Immediately before entering Parliament, Clare worked in business as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. There, she worked with CEOs of Australian companies, helping them solve their most difficult problems. Clare has Arts and Law degrees with Honours from Monash University, and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Clare is a former Mayor of Greater Dandenong. At the age of 23, she was Australia's youngest ever female Mayor. Clare co-authored a book with Tim Watts MP, titled Two Futures - Australia at a Critical Moment, in August 2015.
Fiona Patten, MLC, Northern Metropolitan Region, Victoria, Sex Party
Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of the Australian Sex Party and a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan region. Her political career began as an AIDS educator with ACT sex worker advocacy group, WISE. She also held positions on the Board of the AIDS Action Council, as an AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations) Committee Member and a member of the ACT Attorney General's Sex Industry Committee. Frustrated and deeply disappointed with the lack of social change on censorship, drug law reform, euthanasia and gay marriage, she set up and registered the Australian Sex Party in 2009 with a strong focus on civil libertarian and personal freedom issues. She became the first political leader to call for a Royal Commission into child sex abuse in religious institutions. In the 2014 Victorian state election she won her seat in the Victorian Legislative Council and a balance of power position.
Nicholas Reece, Director Strategy, University of Melbourne
Nicholas Reece is the Director Strategy, University of Melbourne and Former Advisor to Julie Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia. Nick's areas of expertise include public policy, public sector management, political science, Australian politics, voting systems, election campaigns and media. Nick has considerable experience in both politics and policy making having worked as a senior adviser to an Australian Prime Minister and two Victorian Premiers. He has also served as secretary of the Australian Labor Party in Victoria. Nick is a director of the street newspaper The Big Issue and a director of the men’s health movement Movember.
Senator Janet Rice, Victoria, Australian Greens
Janet Rice is Senator for Victoria. She grew up in Melbourne's western suburbs, and lives in Footscray with her partner Penny. A climate scientist by training, Janet has worked as a community organiser, environment campaigner and sustainable transport advocate. As a councillor and later mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, Janet positioned Maribyrnong as an innovator in environmental policy with the adoption of a carbon-neutral strategy. Janet entered the Senate in 2014. As the Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health, gender identity and intersex issues, transport and infrastructure, forests and tourism, Janet advocates for policies and decision making to be publicly accountable and based on evidence of economic efficiency, social wellbeing and ecological health.
The Honourable Nicola Roxon, Chairman, APESB; Director, BUPA ANZ; Chair, Cancer Council Australia; Chair, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre; Adjunct Professor, Victoria University
Nicola Roxon was a Labor Member of Parliament for 14 years. She became Australia's first female Attorney-General in 2011, a culmination of a stellar political career and impressive legal background. As a reforming Health Minister, she managed an annual budget of $64 billion and negotiated major reforms to Australia's public hospital, primary care and preventative health systems. As Attorney-General, Ms Roxon oversaw the courts, Australia's intelligence agency, the Human Rights Commission and diverse laws from cyber crime to family law. In both roles she led Australia's battle against tobacco - introducing the world first plain packaging regime and successful defending legal challenge from the tobacco industry in the High Court. Ms Roxon's success as a leader, creative policy maker and outstanding achiever has earned her numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, including from the World Health Organization. Ms Roxon was most recently nominated and inducted to Victoria's Honour Roll of Women in 2014. Ms Roxon retired from politics in 2013. She now holds the following positions, Chairman, APESB (Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board), Director, BUPA ANZ, Chair and Adjunct Professor, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University, and Chair, Cancer Council Australia.
Stephanie Ryan MP, Euroa, Victoria, The Nationals
Stephanie Ryan is Deputy Leader of the Nationals and MP for Euroa. She was born in Murchison where her parents ran a dairy farm on the banks of the Goulburn River. After finishing high school at St Joseph's College in Echuca, Steph completed a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at RMIT whilst living at University College. Steph first worked as a journalist with The Riverine Herald in Echuca and in 2008 was awarded the Myer Foundation Scholarship. In 2013, the Electoral Boundary Commission made a decision to redistribute the electoral boundaries in Victoria and as a result, the seat of Euroa was created, and Steph made the decision to stand as The National Party candidate for Euroa. Steph was successful on 29 November 2014. Shortly after, she was elected Deputy Leader of The Nationals and given the shadow portfolios of Training, Skills and Apprenticeships and Youth Affairs.
Leigh Sales, Author, Journalist and Current Presenter ABC 7.30 Report
Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors 7.30. Until 2011, Leigh Sales anchored the prestigious Lateline program, interviewing major figures including Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger. From 2001 to 2005, she was the ABC's Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina.
Ellen Sandell MP, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Greens
Ellen Sandell is State Member for Melbourne and the first Greens MP elected to the lower house of Victorian Parliament. She holds a dual Bachelors of Arts/Science Degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in genetics, linguistics and Spanish. Ellen began her career as a researcher with the CSIRO. She then worked on climate change policy for former Labor premier John Brumby's Department of Premier and Cabinet, and later became the chief executive of a national climate change non-profit organisation, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Ellen is the Victorian Greens spokesperson for housing, climate change and energy. As a parliamentarian, Ellen priorities have been to continue to push for action on climate change, better public transport, a caring society and a liveable Melbourne.
John Scales, Managing Director, JWS Research
The founder of JWS Research, John Scales is a senior researcher with more than 25 years of experience. He has extensive commercial and public affairs research expertise and is quoted regularly and extensively in the media as a leading source on public opinion. John has worked for most of Australia's top 50ASX listed companies and many of the industry associations that represent them, as well as conducting local state and federal government research and research for numerous business and political campaigns throughout all states and territories. John is a career researcher, specialising in research on contemporary social and political issues and maintaining a focus on delivering clear and actionable results. John’s research dissects what people are thinking and why, providing the insights needed to drive campaigns and achieve outcomes.
Carol Schwartz AM, Chair, Trawalla Foundation
Carol Schwartz is Chair of the Women's Leadership Institute Australia and one of Australia’s leading business identities. She has extensive experience in business, property, the arts, community organisations and has been a director on a large number of public companies and government boards. Carol is Chair of the Trawalla Foundation, the funding partner of this Program. She is also Chair of Our Community and Founding Chair of the Women's Leadership Institute Australia, and the Property Male Champions of Change group. Carol's company directorships include Stockland, Bank of Melbourne, and Qualitas Property Partners. She is a board member of the St James Ethics Foundation and National Australia Day Council, an Executive in Residence at Melbourne Business School, a council member of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, University of Tasmania, board member Centre for Advanced Journalism, The University of Melbourne, member of the Enterprise Melbourne Advisory Board, member the Milken Global Advisory Council, member Harvard Kennedy Women's Leadership Board and the Co-Chair in Australia for Women Corporate Directors.
Bill Shannon, Founder, The Shannon Company
Bill Shannon founded Shannon's Way, an advertising agency with a skew towards social marketing in 1991. Over the past twenty years, Bill and his team have learnt that effecting permanent, life-changing behaviour requires digging deep into what makes people do what they do - learning the motivators and barriers to behaviour change. This commitment to the study of behaviour led to The Shannon Company becoming a founding partner of BehaviourWorks Australia: a collaborative research centre that brings together interdisciplinary researchers at Monash University and leading practitioners in government and business who share an interest in behaviour change. Bill is a Board Member of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and part-owner of the Melbourne Victory Football Club. He also served two years as a Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and currently serves as an advisor to their Board Marketing Committee.
Professor Margaret Sheil, Provost, The University of Melbourne
Margaret Sheil has been the Provost at The University of Melbourne since April 2012. She is standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor and is responsible for policy and planning leadership of all teaching, learning and student-related matters, including student recruitment, curriculum and teaching quality and innovation. Her portfolio of responsibilities also includes international strategy, academic staffing and curriculum commercialisation. Professor Sheil is a member of the Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), Chair of Clunies Ross Awards Committee of ATSE and is the Education Specialist on the Board of the Australian National Selection Commission for UNESCO. She has previously been a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Innovation and Engineering Council, the National Research Infrastructure Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee. She has a PhD and BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.
Dr Sharman Stone
Dr Sharman Stone is a former Australian politician who represented Murray in the Australian House of Representatives between March 1996 and May 2016 as a member of the Liberal Party. Dr Stone has held a number of different positions within parliament. In October 1998 she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. On January 7 2006 she succeeded Peter Dutton as the Minister for Workforce participation. Following the defeat of the Howard Government, Dr Stone took up the role of Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs. Dr Stone announced her retirement from politics in late March this year, which took effect from the double dissolution of the Australian Parliament on the 9th May 2016. Throughout her career Dr Stone has been a vocal supporter of women in Parliament and notably called for the Liberal Party to introduce a quota system to ensure more women were pre-selected to represent the party.
Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne
Helen Sullivan is Director of the Melbourne School of Government and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. She joined the University in 2011 after leading research programs into public service reform at the Cities Research Centre, Bristol and University of Birmingham, UK. Her award winning research focuses on collaborative governance and management, citizen participation in decision-making and public policy analysis. She's undertaken numerous evaluations for government bodies and frequently acted as an advisor to government locally and nationally in the UK. She sits on the Board of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).
Laura Tingle, Political Editor, Australian Financial Review
Laura Tingle is The Australian Financial Review's political editor. She has spent most of her 35 year career covering federal politics, writing on both economics and politics for The Australian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. She is the author of Chasing the Future - a book about the recession of the early 1990s - and two Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations: Government, entitlement and an Angry Nation (2012) and Political Amnesia: How we forgot how to govern (2015). She has won two Walkley Awards and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism.
John Utting, Managing Director UMR Research and ALP National Pollster
John Utting is one of Australia's most experienced researchers and campaign strategists. He is the founder and director of UMR Research one of Australia's foremost market research companies.He brings high level strategic counsel and insight based on a depth of political, commercial and social experience to leaders, government, business, social and NGO organisations to advance and maintain corporate and personal reputations. John is the ALP's national pollster. He has worked closely with Prime Ministers, CEOs, top level Executives, decision makers, and high net worth individuals. He has been the pollster and personal counsel for four Australian and three New Zealand Prime Ministers, numerous State Premiers, Mayors, and government officers.
Carlene Wilson, Director, Policy and Government Relations, The University of Melbourne
Carlene Wilson is the Director Policy and Government Relations at University of Melbourne. Carlene has extensive experience managing corporate affairs across the corporate, government, and non-government sectors. Most recently Carlene was Manager Public Policy at BHP Billiton and prior to that she spent 10 years at ANZ Banking Group as the Senior Manager Government and Regulatory Affairs. She has also worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia's Embassy in Washington DC. Carlene holds a MBA from The University of NSW, a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government Harvard University, a MEd from The University of Sydney and a BMusEd from the NSW Conservatorium of Music.
Felicity Wilson former President of Liberal Women's Council, New South Wales Liberal Party
Felicity Wilson is the Immediate Past President of Liberal Women's Council (NSW), the peak body for women in the NSW Liberal Party, a role she held for three years alongside the position of Vice President of the NSW Liberal Party. During this time, she gained commitment from the Premier of NSW to an initiative to increase women's representation in Parliament, and a commitment from the Prime Minister to support the introduction of targets. She is a senior executive at an industry body and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University, and is completing a Master of Business Administration at the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Senator the Hon Penny Wong, South Australia, Australian Labor Party
Penny Wong is Opposition's Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. Penny graduated in law and arts from the University of Adelaide. Before entering politics she worked for a union covering furniture industry employees, as a Ministerial adviser and as a lawyer. She was elected to the Senate for the Australian Labor Party in 2001. With the election of the Rudd Government in 2007, she was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Water. After the 2010 federal election, Penny was appointed as Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In 2013 she was elected Leader of the Government in the Senate and, after the change of government that year, she became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate - the first woman to hold both of these roles.
Hon Mary Wooldridge, Eastern Metropolitan, Victoria, Liberal Party
Mary Wooldridge is Leader of the Opposition in the Victorian Legislative Council representing Melbourne's East and previously represented Doncaster in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 2006-2014. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Mary was CEO of The Foundation for Young Australians, a Senior Adviser to the Federal Minister for Industry, worked in New York with McKinsey & Company and with Consolidated Press Holdings in Sydney. Mary has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from The University of Melbourne. Mary is married and has one child.