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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 Congress represents the peak of a continually evolving and engaging series of discussions and national projects between high-calibre Australian researchers, public policy and political leaders, corporate and civil society industry partners.

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.

The day is facilitated by the Eidos Institute, an international public policy think tank which comprises a membership network of Australian and South African universities.

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.

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