Luca is Managing Director of Transfield Holdings and many of its subsidiary companies, as well as a Director of Sydney Harbour Tunnel Ltd and non-executive director of Perisher Blue Pty Ltd.

Luca holds a Bachelor of Architecture (UNSW), a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management (UTS) and a Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Sydney. He also holds a number of positions on not-for-profit boards and committees, including Chairman of the University Art Committees at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the University of Western Sydney. He is also a member of the Australian International Cultural Committee. In 2007, Luca was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence at UTS for his contribution to Sydney’s culture.

Luca also chaired the Biennale of Sydney from 2000 to 2014.

Luca was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service to the arts and to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavours and executive roles.

Lyn Carson is a professor in applied politics at the University of Sydney Business School.

She has written handbooks on community engagement and many articles and book chapters on public participation, including a book, with Brian Martin, Random Selection in Politics (Praeger, 1999).

 

Kathy Jones, principal of communications consultancy KJA, is an expert in issues management.

She has twenty years' experience devising communications and consultation strategies on complex, politically sensitive projects, particularly in the areas of transport, infrastructure and human services.

 

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Iain Walker holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from UTS.

His career has spanned commercial roles in professional sport at the PGA Tour and Golf Australia, and time in the technology industry at Microsoft Australia.

Chair, Research Committee

Premier of NSW 1988-1992

Since his retirement from politics he has been heavily involved in the corporate world. He is currently Chairman of Bradken Limited, Chairman of Citigroup Australia, Deputy Chairman of Stockland Trust Group; and a Director of a number of other private groups.

 

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Premier of Western Australia 2001-2006.

With a ministerial career in the Lawrence Labor Government from 1990 to 1993 Geoff Gallop held a range of portfolios - most notably Education, Fuel and Energy and Minister Assisting the Treasurer).

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Martin is Professor of Law at the University of NSW, co-director of the European Law Centre, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has studied philosophy, politics, and law and his doctorate is in the history of ideas.

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Carolyn’s work examines the democratic practices of contemporary governance, particularly with respect to public deliberation, inclusion and political representation. She has taught and published widely on the application and politics of inclusive and deliberative forms of citizen engagement.

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Federal Senator (Lib) 1974-1990

Fred entered the Senate in 1974, leaving his career behind in law. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1983 to 1990 and a member for Pearce in the House of Representatives from 1990 to 1993. His Ministerial appointments included Aboriginal Affairs, Social Security and Minister Assisting the Minister for National Development and Energy.

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Federal Senator (ALP) 1974-1993

John Button, was a Patron of The newdemocracy Foundation.
He enjoyed an impressive political career, most recently as the Leader of the successive Hawke and Keating Labour Governments in the Senate and Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (1983-1993) and was a Senator for the State of Victoria (1974-1993).

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Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne, Patron of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and Chair of the Australian Collaboration, a collaboration of peak national community bodies.

 

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Peter Shergold AC is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. Peter came to Australia as an academic and was an economic historian for 16 years. In 1988 he joined the Australian Public Service to establish the Office of Multicultural Affairs and then, successively, became CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission; Public Service Commissioner; Secretary of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business; and Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training.

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Dr Tim Soutphommasane is Race Discrimination Commissioner and commenced his five-year appointment on 20 August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher at the University of Sydney. His thinking on multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in reshaping debates in Australia and Britain.

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ARC Federation Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations,Australian National University

John is a Professor of Political Science and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, former Head of the Departments of Political Science at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and the Social and Political Theory program at ANU, and former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science.

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Company Director

Mr Bradley is presently the Chairman of Stockland, HSBC Bank Australia Limited, Anglo American Australia Limited and Po Valley Energy Limited. He is a Director of GI Dynamics Inc.

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Barrister at Law

Mark Tedeschi has been a barrister in New South Wales for 35 years. During that time he has predominantly practised in the criminal law, both as a prosecutor and as a defender. He is also an educator at both tertiary and secondary levels. He is a very keen photographer, with numerous photographic exhibitions. His photographs are included in State and national galleries and in private collections. Most recently, he is the author of a true crime book.

 

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Cheryl is the Director of Social Business at the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW.

She was Leader of the Australian Democrats from 1993-1997 and the Member for Dickson and a Labor Shadow Minister from 1998-2001. Her political portfolios included, amongst many, Indigenous Affairs, Treasury, Employment, and Women's Policy.

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Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Professor White has over twenty years experience in research focusing on achieving sustainability outcomes at least cost for a range of government, industry and community clients across Australia and internationally. His work focusses on improved decision making, especially in relation to infrastructure and resource use issues.

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NSW State Government Minister 2003 – 2010

Influenced by a visit to his school by Bob Carr John joined the ALP in January 1973. He rose through his branch and electorate council to take a place on the party's National Executive. Between 1976 and his election to parliament in 1999, he worked for the labour movement full-time in various capacities, first as a researcher for Senator Kerry Sibraa. In 1979 he took on the role of National Research Officer for the Australian Transport Officers' Federation, becoming the union's State Organiser in 1981.

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Lecturer, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University

Zareh completed his doctorate in Australian politics at the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University. His research interests include the organisation and behaviour of political parties, electoral systems, and political institutions.

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Treasurer of Queensland from 1998 -2001

Dr David Hamill is Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and a Director of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners. A professional company director, he either chairs or serves on the board of a number of other commercial and community organisations. He is Chairman of Queensland Museum and a member of the Senate of the University of Queensland where he has also been appointed as an Adjunct Professor.

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Leader of the NSW Opposition 2002-2005

John Brogden joined the Liberal Party in his final year of high school at St Patrick's College Strathfield and, after graduating, worked as an adviser to Attorney-General John Hannaford, Premier John Fahey and Legislative Council member Ted Pickering. In 1992, he became President of the state branch of the Young Liberals, and in 1994 Treasurer of the Federal party.

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Greens member of the NSW Legislative Council 2007 - 2016

Dr Kaye was a former teacher and researcher in electrical engineering at the University of New South Wales where he specialised in sustainable energy and greenhouse issues. He held a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr Kaye was a member of the NSW Upper House.

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Premier of Queensland 1996 – 1998

Rob Borbidge was the MP for Surfers Paradise, on Queensland 's Gold Coast, from 1980-2001 . During this time he served as a Minister in several portfolios, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Opposition and in 1996 was sworn in as the 35th Premier of Queensland.

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Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), Washington DC

Matt leads the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of the major organisations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world.

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Secretary, NSW Treasury 1985-94
Chair, NSW Premier's Council on the Cost & Quality of Government, 1999-2007

Percy is National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, the professional body of the Australian public sector.

He lives in Sydney and advises on public policy, finance and management. He has helped national and local governments in China, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and the Pacific Islands to reform their financial management.

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Remo is a consultant thinker, creative director and strategist with a demonstrated track record as an entrepreneur and brand builder having founded the iconic REMO General Store in 1988 and cofounded the General Thinking network in New York in 2001.

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Harvard Kennedy School of Government – Ford Foundation Professor of Citizenship and Democracy

Prof. Fung's research examines the impacts of civic participation, public deliberation, and transparency upon public and private governance. He is the author of eight books in the field and holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT.

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Tufts University – Research Director, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service

Peter Levine is Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, and Research Director of Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992.

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Harvard Kennedy School of Government – Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values

Prof. Mansbridge is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy, an empirical and normative study of face-to-face democracy, and the award-winning Why We Lost the ERA, a study of anti-deliberative dynamics in social movements based on organizing for an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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University of Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Vermeersch is professor of political science at the University of Leuven in Belgium (KU Leuven) and a former Senior Research Fellow of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FWO). He is currently affiliated with the Institute for International and European Policy and the Centre for Research on Peace and Development. In 2007 and 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

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Pennsylvania State University

John Gastil (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor and Head in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University.

He has published six books and numerous journal article in the field of deliberative democracy.

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Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) – University of Westminster

Prof. Smith has been extensively published in the fields of democratic theory and practice. His current research focuses on democratic innovations – institutions designed to increase and deepen citizen participation in the political decision-making process. This work builds on the theoretical approach initially developed in his book Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation (Cambridge University Press: 2009).

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David was a Labor Councillor with Australia's largest Council, Brisbane City Council, for over 24 years (1988-2012).

During this time he spent 17 years as a member of the Civic Cabinet with portfolios including Community and Cultural Development, Planning, Development Assessment, Economic Development, Recreation and Public Health. He also spent 4 years as leader of the Labor Majority in Council and 4 years as a Labor Deputy Mayor to the LNP Lord Mayor Campbell Newman (2004-2008).

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Alex Zakaras is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont, in the United States. His research explores institutional reforms that would facilitate citizen participation in democratic politics. His interests include lotteries and small-scale participatory forums, campaign finance reform, and the problems posed by scientific and technical expertise in democratic decision-making. His essay, "Lot and Democratic Representation: A Modest Proposal," defends the use of lottery to choose members of the upper house in bi-cameral, national legislatures.

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Patricia Azarias is an economist and former Director of the Internal Audit Division of the United Nations, the highest ranking Australian staff member in the UN.

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Allegra Spender is the Managing Director of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd, a leading Australian fashion business. She has a broad range of experience across the private, public and social sectors, having worked for McKinsey & Company, the UK Treasury, King’s College Hospital London and TechnoServe Kenya. Her focus has been change management and productivity.

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