Ron McCallum Debate 2020 – Live Recording


In this tenth anniversary edition of the Ron McCallum Debate held on 22 October 2020, our panelists debate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on work, employment and labour relations globally and locally, and the impetus and opportunity this presents for reform.

The debate is chaired by Justice Iain Ross AO. Emeritus Professor McCallum AO reflects on the history of pandemics and crises and their relation to labour regulation and labour relations.

The event includes a short film and presentation featuring Greg Vines, Deputy Director General, International Labour Organization.

The debate panel includes:

Sally McManus, Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions

Jennifer Westacott AO, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia

Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

Annie Butler, Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Joellen Riley Munton, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

David Peetz FASSA, Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University

The Background Briefing Paper is available here:

The short film is also available here:…