The Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia gratefully

acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Work Choices

& WA’s Booming Economy

State Convention

15 - 17 September 2006

Bunker Bay Resort, Bunker Bay Road

(off Cape Naturalist Road),

Bunker Bay

Bronze Sponsors

Speaker Profiles

Friday 15 September 2006

Senior Commissioner Gregor


Jack Gregor was educated at Perth Technical College and Curtin University. He undertook post graduate

studies at the International Institute of Labour Studies in Geneva. He commenced his career in the Western

Australian Government. He joined private industry and worked at the Confederation of Western Australian

Industry, eventually becoming its Manager - Special Projects and Construction In 1975, he undertook a

series of studies in the UK, USA and the Arab States on industrial relations in the hydro carbons industry.

From 1976, he became involved in the strategic planning of human resource aspects of major resource

projects. In 1985, Jack was appointed to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. In

1990, he was appointed as a member of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. He continues to

hold a dual appointment. In 1994, he was appointed to be Chairperson of the Commission on Government.

In January 1997 he was appointed Public Service Arbitrator.

2.00pm onwards


(Earlier check-in has been requested and needs to

be confirmed with the resort prior to arrival)

2.30pm - 3.00pm Registration Pre-conference Area

3.00pm - 3.15pm Convention Opening Windmills 1 & 2

Kim Richardson

President, Industrial Relations Society of


stern Australia

Gavan Forster

Economist and Director of Housing at the MBA

Gavan was born in Melbourne and is a keen Collingwood supporter. He is the MBAWA Housing Director

having been involved with the MBA movement for 24 years at MBAWA and also spending a few years

with the federal office, Master Builders Australia as the national economic spokesperson, returning to Perth

in the late 1980s. He has extensive experience in the building industry, is a lecturer and well credentialed

with a Masters Degree in Economics, a Dip. Ed and Bachelor of Asian Studies. He has also provided

strategic advice to large organisations such as BHP, ANZ and government agencies. Over the past 18

months he has been involved in reviewing the acute labour shortage the western australian housing sector

is facing and been involved in developing new training initiatives to address this ever looming problem

faced by the building industry.

Brian Kelsey

State Manager - Mining and Resources, Chandler Macleod

In UK, career commenced with 3 years with Royal Bank of Scotland. Then 8 years with Scottish Development

Agency – 4 years as Assistant Estates Manager and 4 years as Development Officer in Small Business Division.

Moved to New Zealand in 1985 to open first Adecco branch in NZ, eventually becoming Area Manager

with 4 branches. Moved via Sydney to Perth as State Manager for WA. Joined Chandler Macleod in 1993

initially as an Executive Recruiter across various industries but especially mining. In 2000 assumed responsibility

for the Ready Workforce blue collar labour business in WA, mainly supplying the Resources sector and then

after 2 years running Chandler Macleod’s New Zealand operation. Brian returned to WA as State Manager

for their Resources Division with businesses in Perth, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Port Hedland. Brian has worked

extensively with major Chandler Macleod clients including Alcoa, Western Mining, BHP and ongoing

supply relationships with a number of major mining and resources companies.

3.15pm - 4.00pm David Peetz Windmills 1 & 2

Head, Department of Industrial Relations

Griffith Business School

“Brave New Work Choices”

4.00pm - 4.45pm Tony Caccamo Windmills 1 & 2

General Manager, Operations

Australian Mines and Metals Association

“Effect of Work Choices”

7.00pm - 10.00pm Cocktail Party Front Bar & Snug Area

Sponsored by Silver Sponsors

Minter Ellison and UWA


Chief Commissioner Beech


Elspeth Hensler

Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

Until August 2006, Elspeth was employed by Mallesons Stephen Jaques initially as a solicitor and from 1 July

1998 as a senior associate in its dispute resolution group. Her practice has always been diverse – she has

advised clients and acted for them on matters as diverse as maritime disputes, challenges to decisions by gas

regulators and appeals from income tax and stamp duty assessments. Relevantly, she was a member of the

team that advised the operator of the Beaconsfield Gold Mine on how to respond to the coronial inquiry and

special investigation into the incident on ANZAC Day 2006. She was also a member of the legal team that

advised BHP Billiton after the 2004 explosion at its HBI Plant in Port Hedland. Between December 2002 and


August 2006, Elspeth coordinated Mallesons’ pro bono, charitable and volunteering programs.


General Information


Bunker Bay Resort

Bunker Bay Road (Off Cape Naturaliste Road)

Bunker Bay (Margaret River Wine Region)

Phone: 9756 9100 Fax: 9756 9200


Delegates staying at Bunker Bay Resort must checkout prior to 10am.

Requests for later checkouts must be made directly with the resort.

Dress Standard

Convention sessions – smart casual

Saturday Night Dinner – evening wear

All other functions – smart casual

Name Badges

Name badges must be worn at all times. Admission to all sessions and

functions will be by name badge only. Guests attending functions will receive

a ticket for the relevant function they have booked to attend.


If you require any assistance during the Convention please approach one

of our committee members. Committee members will be wearing red badges.


The information presented in this book is correct at the time of printing. In the

event of unforeseen circumstances the IRS of WA reserves the right to amend

the Convention Program.

Stuart Henry

Member for Hasluck and WA representative to the

Prime Minister’s Workplace Relations Taskforce

Stuart Henry is the Member for Hasluck having won the seat for the Liberal Party from Labor for the first

time at the 2004 election. Stuart has lived with his family in the Hasluck area for many years. Prior to

entering Parliament, Stuart was the CEO for the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association,

the Master Painters, Decorators and Signwriters Association and the Plumbing and Painting Training

Company. He was also the Chairman of the World Plumbing Association and is a former captain of the

WA Rugby Union team.

Matthew O’Callaghan

Deputy President of the AIRC and Head of the

Award Review Taskforce

Matthew O’Callaghan commenced his Workplace Relations involvement with BHP in the Whyalla Steelworks

in 1977. In 1979 he joined the South Australian Employers’ Federation. He became Chief Executive in

1986 and established the Employers’ Federation as a leading human resource management service based

employer association prior to leaving in 1993. After leaving the Employers’ Federation he undertook a

range of senior South Australian Public Sector roles. Matthew was appointed a Senior Deputy President

of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in February 2001. For much of that year he undertook

Commission work in Perth but now primarily undertakes work in South Australia. In October 2005,

Matthew was appointed Chairman of the Award Review Taskforce, an administrative function established

by the Government as part of its WorkChoices initiatives. This appointment co-existed with his continuing

AIRC function. The Award Review Taskforce concluded in July 2006. Matthew is married (Dianne) and

has four sons, aged 21 -14. He lives on a hobby farm in the Adelaide Hills.

Michelle Bissett

Industrial Officer, ACTU

Michelle is an industrial officer with the ACTU, a position she has held since early 2001. Michelle has

represented the ACTU in a number of major cases before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission

including the Working Hours Case, the Redundancy Test Case and the Work and Family Case. As well as

being responsible for development and implementation of industrial and workers’ rights policy she is also

responsible for the development and implementation of vocational education and training policy. Prior to

joining the ACTU Michelle held a variety of positions at the Victorian and national levels with the Community

and Public Sector Union where she represented the union on a diverse range of industrial and related matters

within the Federal Public Service and public sector areas such as Telstra and SBS. She commenced her

union career in 1983 following a period of employment in the public sector.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations (Monash). She is

currently studying for her Masters in Employee & Industrial Relations.

Mordy Bromberg

Barrister involved in the High Court challenge of Work Choices

Mordy’s practice primarily involves appearing in the High Court, Federal Court, the Supreme Court

of Victoria and the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in either first instance or appellate proceedings.

He has appeared in many of the leading industrial law cases including major High Court litigation such

MUA v Patricks; Gribbles Radiology and the High Court challenge to the Work Choices amendments to the

Workplace Relations Act. Mordy has a history of involvement in successful test cases in the Federal Court

including the Finance Sector Union v Commonwealth Bank litigation, the Greater Dandenong litigation

and Northeastern Healthcare. In the Trade Practices area Mordy appeared for the successful appellant in

O’Neill v Medical Benefits Fund. He has had extensive experience with employment law litigation in the

Supreme Court and judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court.

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Saturday 16 September 2006

8.30am - 9.00am Registration Pre-conference Area

9.00am - 9.45am Stuart Henry Windmills 1 & 2

Member for Hasluck and WA representative

to the Prime Minister’s Workplace Relations Taskforce

“Changing Workplace Relations”

9.45am - 10.30am Matthew O’Callaghan Windmills 1 & 2

Deputy President of the AIRC & Head of

the Award Review Taskforce

“Awards and Classification structures under Work

Choices - Reflections on the Award Review Taskforce

and the changing role of the AIRC”

10.30am - 11.00am Morning Tea Pre-conference Area

Sponsored by Silver Sponsors Murdoch University

11.00am - 11.45am Michelle Bissett Windmills 1 & 2

Industrial Officer, ACTU

“A booming economy - what’s the role of a safety net?”

11.45am - 12.30pm Mordy Bromberg Windmills 1 & 2

Barrister involved in the High Court challenge of Work Choices

“The Nature of the High Court Challenge

and its Possible Consequences”

12.30pm - 1.45pm Lunch Pre-conference Area/Outside Area

Sponsored by Silver Sponsors Corrs Chamber

1.45pm - 2.30pm Senior Commissioner Gregor Windmills 1 & 2


“Dispute Resolution - the Art and the Craft. Are there

new opportunities under Work Choices?”

2.30pm - 3.15pm Gavan Forster Windmills 1 & 2

Economist and Director of Housing at the MBA

“Labour Shortage Consequences for a

Booming Building Industry”

3.15pm - 3.45pm Afternoon Tea Pre-conference Area

Sponsored by Silver Sponsors Curtin University

3.45pm - 4.30pm Brian Kelsey Windmills 1 & 2

State Manager - Mining and Resources, Chandler Macleod

“Working with Generation Y: Understanding and

Managing the IPod Generation!”

4.30pm - 5.15pm Elspeth Hensler Windmills 1 & 2

Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

“Moura to Beaconsfield: Lessons from

Incident Investigations”

5.15pm - 5.30pm Closing Address Windmills 1 & 2

Natalie van der Waarden

Vice-President, Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia

7.00pm Onwards


Chief Commissioner Beech

Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

Chief Commissioner Tony Beech has been a Commissioner of the WA Industrial Relations Commission

since September 1988, was appointed Senior Commissioner in March 2002 and Chief Commissioner in

December 2004. He has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics degrees from UWA.

David Peetz

Head, Department of Industrial Relations, Griffith Business School

David is Professor of Industrial Relations at Griffith University. He worked for ten years in the then Commonwealth

Department of Industrial Relations, including over five years spent in the Senior Executive Service of that

Department. He has a Doctorate from the University of New South Wales and has been a consultant for the

International Labour Organisation in Thailand, Malaysia and China. He is the author of Unions in a Contrary

World (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Brave New Workplace: How Individual Contracts are Changing

Our Jobs (Allen & Unwin, 2006), appears frequently in the media discusisng industrial relations matters and has

published academically in a number of areas.

Tony Caccamo

General Manager, Operations

Australian Mines and Metals Association

Pre Dinner Drinks and Convention Dinner

“The Secrets of Syria”

Sponsored by Gold Sponsors Department of

Consumer and Employment Protection and CCH

As the General Manager Operations at AMMA, Tony has responsibility for leading a national team of consultants.

Prior to this appointment, Tony lead AMMA’s hydrocarbons sector consultancy team. In addition to these

management roles, Tony has provided consultancy and representation services to AMMA members in the

mining, oil and gas, aviation and metal industries. His industry support activities include lobbying state and

federal governments on employee relations matters impacting on AMMA members.

Prior to joining AMMA Tony worked in a range of industrial relations roles in the WA Public Sector including

representing public sector employers in the maritime, health and civil construction industries and the

Government on public sector wide policy matters.

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