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Congress 2014 Speakers

Dr Tom Calma AO

Dr Tom Calma AO

Chair, Ninti One

Tom Calma has been Chair of Ninti One since 2011. He is also the current Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Dr Calma is an Aboriginal elder of the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group. Long recognised as a human rights and social justice campaigner in 2003 Dr Calma served as Senior Adviser to the Minister of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Additionally, Dr Calma has served as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission (2004-2010). Dr Calma delivered the formal response to the government’s national apology to the stolen generations and in 2012 was awarded an Order of Australia.

Professor Jane Halton

Professor Jane Halton

Secretary of the Department of Finance

Sarah Jane "Jane" Halton PSM is a senior Australian public servant and the current Secretary of the Department of Finance. She previously served as the head of the Department of Health from January 2002 until June 2014 when she was appointed Secretary of the Department of Finance. Halton was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002 and the Centenary Medal in 2003.

Commissioner Ian Stewart

Commissioner Ian Stewart

Commissioner, Queensland Police Service

Commissioner Ian Stewart is the present Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) comprises over 10,000 officers, making it one of the largest police forces in Australia.

Kate Carnell AO

Kate Carnell AO

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Member B20 Leadership Group

Kate Carnell commenced as CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in May 2014. ACCI, Australia's largest and most representative business organisation is the leading voice of business in Australia advocating for over 300,000 businesses across all industries. She is a current member of the B20 Australian Leadership Group. Kate is well known and respected in the not-for-profit and business communities having served two years as CEO of beyondblue and previously four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. Ms Carnell served as Chief Minister of the ACT from 1995 to 2000. Ms Carnell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services tocommunity through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.​

Coinciding with G20 members’ meetings, the Eidos Institute’s 10th National Public Policy Congress is a one-day event celebrating good policy with particular focus on the major issues of our time.

The format of Congress will consist of various sessions to identify the most pressing policy issues in Australia, advancing on these discussions and providing recommendations. Throughout the day, Kerry O’Brien will be interviewing key speakers including the Secretary for Finance, Professor Jane Halton PSM.

Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien

Award Winning Journalist

Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most respected and decorated journalists. Throughout his career he has been the recipient of six Walkley Awards and has appeared on many ABC news and current affairs programs. Most notably Kerry is recognised for his work at the host and editor of the 7:30 Report between 1995 and 2011. Kerry is currently the host of the ABC’s Four Corners program.

About Eidos Institute

Eidos Institute seeks to leverage maximum impact around the work of its members in a series of targeted policy areas by using a series of communication platforms as a mechanism to influence government and mobilise its network and supporters.

Eidos Institute & Mindhive

Eidos Institute was recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Innovation in The Australian Business Awards 2014.

The Australian Business Award for Innovation [INA] recognises leadership through the practical application of innovative solutions for new and existing market needs resulting in a commercial, environmental and/or social benefit.

Based in Brisbane, Eidos Institute is an independent, not-for-profit public policy think tank dedicated to developing ideas through collaboration to improve economic and social outcomes. It works by applying shared intelligence to public policy challenges and building a network of partnerships between universities, governments, businesses and other social partners. Eidos seeks to create platforms for dialogue around public policy issues of major national importance. It operates under four main platforms including MindHive, Government Exchange, The Program and Policy Platforms Series and Classic Wallabies Exchange.

Research and Development is a key economic concern in Australia with $30 million invested annually, yet there is a deficiency in innovation output and commercialisation of research. Eidos recognised the need for more collaborative research to be undertaken. In response, the low-cost platform MindHive was developed in order to provide a sophisticated, holistic and international framework to effectively collaborate online and change the way policy is informed and constructed.

By connecting research experts, industry leaders, and policymakers online, MindHive enables increased involvement and access to information in real time. Employing online crowdsourcing techniques, opens up quicker and more cost-effective approaches to policy making. MindHive provides an innovative platform through which policy can be co-created, evaluated, and informed by research – aiming to merge the gap between Australian research and responsible policy-making.

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