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Congress 2014 Speakers

Dr Tom Calma AO

Dr Tom Calma AO

Chancellor University of Canberra

Tom Calma is 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 PSM

Professor Jane Halton PSM

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.

Kerry O’Brien

Kerry O’Brien

Walkley 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.

Kate Carnell

Kate Carnell

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.​

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