National leaders take the stage at ACOSS Conference

Date: Friday June 26, 2015
Venue: Australian Technology Park
Locomotive St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia (Map here).

The ACOSS National Conference will feature speakers from government, community and business in lively presentations and panel discussions in Sydney today.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Social Services (representing the Prime Minister) – 9am
  • The Hon Bill Shorten MP & Opposition Leader – 11.20am
  • Senator Richard di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens – 10.35am

Panel discussions:

1. Out of the Maze: Towards Decent Incomes and Jobs for People on Working-Age Social Security Payments – 9.25am

Facilitated by Patricia Karvelas, Journalist, Presenter, and Commentator ABC Radio National
  • Dr Simon Chapple (NZ), Research Fellow, Dunedin Health and Development Research Unit
  • Catherine Yeomans, CEO, Mission Australia
  • Craig Wallace, President, People with Disability Australia
2. Civil Society in Australia – 12.10pm
Facilitated by Anton Enus, co-Host, SBS World News
  • Maha Abdo AOM, CEO United Muslim Women’s Association
  • Dr Tessa Boyd Caine, Deputy CEO, Australian Council of Social Service
  • Hugh De Kretser, Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre
  • Les Malezer, Co Chair National Congress of Australia’s First People
  • Tim O’Connor, Communications Director, Refugee Council of Australia
  • Amanda Tattersall, Coalition Director and Instigator, Sydney Alliance

3. Jobs of the Future – 2.20pm

Facilitated by Paul Barclay, Presenter, ABC Radio National Big Ideas
  • Katie Acheson, Managing Director, Youth Action
  • John Buchanan, University of Sydney Business School, Professor and Director, Workplace Research Centre
  • Phil Edmands, Managing Director, Rio Tinto
  • Jo-anne Schofield, National President, United Voice
  • Erwin Jackson, Deputy CEO, The Climate Institute

Media Contact: Fernando de Freitas 0419 626 155

NOTE to Media: Please advise of your intention to attend.

Full Program here.