The Honourable RJ Hawke

Bob Hawke was Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991.  He is Australia’s longest serving Labor Prime Minister.  Prior to entering federal politics, Bob was the leader of the trade union movement as President of the ACTU.  He worked for many years as an advocate for the trade union movement including in presenting applications for National Wage Cases before the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.  He continues today to be a staunch advocate for labour rights and social justice and is noted for his sharp analysis and insightful public commentary.

Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO

Ron McCallum is Australia’s leading labour law academic and commentator.  He was the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law at the University of Sydney, and a former Dean of Law at the University of Sydney.  In 2006 he was designated an Officer in the Order of Australia for his labour law work, his support for vision impaired persons and for social justice. The international community has recognised Ron’s many talents by electing him to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  On 26 January 2011 Professor McCallum was named Senior Australian of the Year.