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Day 1 - March 29

Session 1

Message from ACOSS

Simon Schrapel, ACOSS President

Opening Address

The Hon. Wayne Swan - Treasurer

Message from the National Congree of Australia's First Peoples

Jody Broun - Co-chair of the National Congress

Poverty and Inequality: How to protect our social safety net in an age of uncertainty

Professor Peter Whiteford - Acting Director, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Beth Goldblatt - Visiting Fellow, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW

Session 2 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Keeping your head above water: inequality in living costs

Gavin Dufty - Manager of Policy & Research, St Vincent de Paul Society

Melissa Wong and Peter Saunders - Social Policy Research Cente, UNSW

Child and Family Welfare Policy: past, present & future

Terese Edwards - ACOSS Board Member and CEO, National Council for Single Mothers and their Children

Anne Hollonds - CEO, Benevolent Society

Richard Weston, CEO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Changing the way we work: a breifing on current reforms in the not-for-profit sector

Michael Pegg - Manager, Community Sector Industrial Relations, Jobs Australia

David Locke - Chief Adviser, ACNC Implementation Taskforce

Session 3

Tackling the challenge of rising housing costs and homelessness

The Hon Brendan O'Connor, MP - Minister for Housing and Homelessness

Greg Cash - Director, Market Innovation and Partnership, Department of Housing WA

Sarah Toohey - Campaign Manager, Australians for Affordable Housing

Judith Yates - Honorary Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney

Session 4

Young Leaders - New Direction

* Listen to interview with Lauren Jew, Giancarlo de Vera and Maia Giordano on Life Matters

Day 2 - March 30

Session 1

Including the Excluded in Australia's Jobs Market

Paul Cain - Director of Research and Strategy, National Council on Intellectual Disability

Keynote Address

Senator the Hon Kim Carr - Minister for Human Services

Session 2 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities

Dr Jenny May - Practising GP and Rural GP Academic, University Department of Rural Health/Rural Clinical School, University of Newcastle & Immediate Past Chair, National Rural Health Alliance

Professor Diana O'Halloran - Conjoint Professor, Department of General Practice, UWS

Exploring New Frontiers in Social Service

Sue Grigg - J2SI Project Manager, Sacred Heart Mission

Chris Connolly -Researcher and Author, Visiting Fellow, UNSW

Robert Morsillo - Research Fellow, Swinburne Insititute

Session 3

Supporting Disability in to the future

Therese Sands - Executive Director, Leadership Team, People With Disability Australia

Session 4

Imagining Australia in 2030

Panelists included:
Eva Cox -Research Fellow, Jumbunna House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney;
Rebecca Huntley - Director, Ipsos Mackay Report;
Adam Bandt - Greens MP and the Federal Member for Melbourne;
George Megalogenis - Senior political journalist for The Australian;
Annabel Crabb - Political editor ABC online;
Moderator James Valentine - ABC local radio presenter, Sydney

Listen to edited version aired on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas Program