David Russell QC commenced legal practice in 1974. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New York (as a Legal Consultant), the Singapore International Commercial Court, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. David was President of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995, and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association from 1996 to 2000.
He has lectured at the University of Sydney for the Master of Taxation course, the University of Queensland for the Master of Laws course and served as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland. He is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press Journal Trusts & Trustees.
David is listed in the Taxation Category in the Australian Financial Review/Best Lawyers review of the Australian Legal Profession in 2008 and all later years and in 2014 was the Tax Institute’s Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon) for his services to Australia-Japan relations. In 2012 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for, among other things, "service ... to taxation law and legal education."
Tom Switzer is editor of the Spectator Australia, and a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has previously worked as a Senior Adviser to the federal Opposition Leader, as Opinion Editor of The Australian, an editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review and as an Assistant Editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
Ross Cameron: Ross was the Liberal Member for Paramatta from 1996 to 2004, and he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family and Community Services and then as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, where he was known for his passionate pursuit of cutting spending and taxation. After politics, Ross worked as a Senior Consultant for Macquarie Bank and has since pursued several business interests as well as being a regular opinion writer for Fairfax Digital and The Australian. More recently, Ross has become a regular face on Sky News — appearing weekly the Paul Murray Live (Monday nights 9-10pm), PM Agenda (Thursdays 1:30pm) and on Contrarians (Fridays 4-6pm).
Theresa Moltoni OAM: Theresa Moltoni is the Managing Director of IRIQ, a professional services firm that specialises in Industrial Relations consultancy, advice, advocacy and training, which she founded in 2008.
Theresa is currently President of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland, Vice President of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and Chair of the Workplace Relations Group at The Brisbane Club. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In June 2016, she was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for her services to industrial relations.
Theresa’s extensive career, which spans more than 25 years, covers a wide range of high-level executive roles in a number of industry sectors. These roles have encompassed Human Resources, Industrial Relations and CEO responsibilities.
Warwick Morris: Warwick Morris retired as Chairman of Sumatra Copper and Gold plc in 2013, a company he and others floated on the ASX in 2009. Prior to that he served as an executive director of Macquarie Group Ltd where he had been chairman of the Metals and Energy Capital business and co-head and founder of the Macquarie Energy Capital business in Houston USA; his career at Macquarie spaned 17 years from 1990 to 2007. Mr Morris also founded and listed, along with partners, Wine Planet Holdings Ltd, which was a pioneering e-commerce business, in the mid-late 1990s. He is geologist by training and spent many years in the resources and construction sectors after graduation. He has worked in numerous developing nations throughout Asia and Africa as well as OECD countries.
Sam Kennard: Sam Kennard is Managing Director of Kennards Self Storage. Appointed to lead the business in 1995, under his stewardship Kennards Self Storage has grown to over 85 locations and assets in excess of $1 billion in value, as well as becoming a Brand known to most Australian households.
He has extensive experience in business and property development across Australia and New Zealand.
Sam has served on the Board of the Self Storage Association of Australasia and private companies.
Kennards Self Storage remains a privately owned family business. He may be followed on twitter at @Samkss and on Linkedin as: Sam Kennard
Ron Manners: Ron Manners is founder and Executive Director of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, a Perth based free-market think tank. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a “Mining Legend” at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
Joanne Nova: Jo Nova is a prize-winning science grad and award winning blogger. The former host of a children’s TV series on Channel Nine, Jo was also formally an associate lecturer in Science Communication at the ANU.
She’s been blamed for the collapse of the ETS and named in the Australian Parliament. The Oxfam report on ClimateGate news improbably listed her blog influence as being equal to NASA in the Climategate email saga. The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne listed Jo Nova as the balancing counterpoint to the combined scientific weight of The UN and government departments. Her blog won The LifeTime Achievement Award in the 2014 Bloggies and Best Australian and New Zealand Blog in 2012.
Ken Phillips: Ken Phillips is Australia’s leading advocate for the self-employed and independent contractors, and is the Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. Mr. Phillips is the former director of the work reform unit of the Institute of Public Affairs, and is the author of Independence and the Death of Employment.