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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:13 PM

Asbestos Management Review

Advisory Group
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Mr Geoff Fary, Chairman

Geoff Fary brings an unusual combination of background and experiences to his role of Chairman of the Asbestos Management Review.

Elected ACTU Assistant Secretary in 2007 and re-elected in 2009, he had responsibility for the peak council’s policy on OH&S - including asbestos.

He previously worked as a labourer, shearer, administrator, Victorian Director of the Australian Trade Union Training Authority (TUTA), Chief of Staff to a federal Cabinet Minister, Human Resources Director & Company Director George Weston Foods Ltd, CEO of Industrial Relations Victoria, Employee Relations Manager for Nestlé Australia and Executive Director of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA).

Geoff was born and raised in the 1950s and 60s in a rural community in northern Victoria. His education and early work were typical of the time and the place. Much of his working life has been devoted to Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. His career moves have given him the unusual perspective of corporate, government and union experiences that he brings to the role of Chairman of the Review.

Geoff and his family live at Portarlington, a small seaside township near Melbourne. His interests include being a home handyman, current affairs - and a passionate involvement in Australian Rules Football (Essendon).

Mr Jim Barrett

Mr Barrett is the Executive Director of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA), an organisation formed in 1994 to represent the views of major contractors to Federal and State/Territory Governments and other major industry organisations. Mr Barrett is also the Director, Construction and Infrastructure with the Australian Industry Group, where he joined 1995. Mr Barrett holds many Director’s positions relating to the Construction Industry and he was the Director Development with the Federal Government’s Construction Industry Development Agency from 1991-1995.

Mr Paul Bastian

Mr Bastian is the National President of the AMWU and is a campaigner against the asbestos industry and an advocate for asbestos victims. Mr Bastian was a co convenor of the National Asbestos Summit in June 2010 along with the ACTU and the Cancer Council of Australia. In 2008, Mr Bastian represented the AMWU and International Metalworkers Federation at an International Conference on asbestos, convened by the Vietnam Institute for Labour Protection. Mr Bastian has a long history of involvement with community and union campaigns and was appointed to the Board of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute in November 2007. Mr Bastian has attended a number of international conferences on asbestos and its eradication.

Mr Lindsay Fraser

Mr Fraser is an Assistant Secretary of the CFMEU in the National Office of the Construction and General Division. Mr Fraser has decades of experience within the construction industry. Through his work as a union official, Mr Fraser has been involved in representing asbestos removal workers and assisting asbestos victims.

Mr Fraser is also the national officer responsible for Training and Safety within the CFMEU. He has chaired the construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council and the Construction Industry Advisory Committee, dealing with issues such as Asbestos Licensing. Mr Fraser has also participated in Advisory Groups providing assistance to Safe Work Australia as they develop national regulations and codes of practice.

Adjunct Professor Rob Guthrie

Robert Guthrie is Adjunct Professor of Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Laws at Curtin University in WA. He is a lawyer and an academic, with an interest in workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety and industrial relations matters. He is currently employed as a Criminal Injuries Assessor in the Department of Attorney General WA – having the status of a Magistrate under a 5 year term of office. He was sworn in in May 2010.

Professor Guthrie has held a number of prominent positions including being the Chairman of the Western Australian Commercial Tribunal, Chair of an Enquiry into Workers’ Compensation Dispute Resolution 1991 which resulted in changes being made to the workers’ compensation legislation in Western Australia and was a member of the Pearson Committee in 1999 which also reviewed the WA compensation legislation. In 2001 he conducted a review of the WA workers’ compensation legislation which resulted in a report to the WA government leading to significant changes to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (WA) in 2004-5. He has published over 70 academic papers in national and international journals. He holds a B Juris, LLB, LLM, MCom and PhD. Professor Guthrie was also the founding author of the Butterworths/LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Western Australia.

Mr Tim Hammond

Tim Hammond is a barrister practising at Francis Burt Chambers, located in Perth. Since 2002 Tim has specialised in asbestos litigation, prosecuting cases on behalf of victims suffering from terminal asbestos disease. In 2004 he was appointed a salaried partner of Slater & Gordon and in 2007 he became a shareholder of the firm. During his time at Slater & Gordon Tim represented victims of asbestos disease in most jurisdictions in Australia. Tim left Slater & Gordon in 2010 and now practises as a barrister. He is also currently lecturing in law at the Murdoch University Law School.

Ms Sylvia Kidziak AM

Ms Kidziak is the Managing Director of SL Engineering and has previously held the position of Principal Consultant, Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Policy at Australian Business Ltd for 24 years. Ms Kidziak has received several awards for her work which includes extensive advice on policy and technical issues relating to workplace health, safety and specifically asbestos. Ms Kidziak is Chair of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council, a Board member of the NSW Workers Compensation (Dust Diseases) Board and The Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation and also a member of the NSW Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Council.

Professor Bruce Robinson

Professor Robinson is the Director of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases. He is a respiratory physician at Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and conducts teaching and research within the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology.

Internationally recognised for his work in the field of asbestos-induced cancer, Professor Robinson published the world’s first blood test for diagnosis, monitoring and early detection of mesothelioma. He has initiated many other world-first therapies and made major discoveries about how the body’s immune system fights cancer.

Professor Robinson has received numerous awards including the Wagner Medal, the WA Premier’s Science Award, and the Eric G Saint Award, for his research work into mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases, and his significant achievements and leadership in science. In 2010 the Australian Medical Association (WA) honoured Prof Robinson for his outstanding contribution to medicine and humanity.

Ms Tanya Segelov

Ms Segelov is the Managing Partner of the Adelaide office, with Turner Freeman Lawyers and is one of the leading specialists in Australia for asbestos disease and mesothelioma claims, having represented the late Bernie Banton and Judge Robert Bellear. Ms Segelov has also been involved extensively in legislative reform, relating to dust disease legislation, in both New South Wales and South Australia and is an Honorary Lawyer for the Asbestos Victims Association of South Australia and a member of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia.

Professor Nico van Zandwijk

Professor van Zandwijk is currently the Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and a Board Director of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Professor van Zandwijk has held numerous prominent positions including serving as Secretary and Chair of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Lung Cancer Group, chaired a state Council on asbestos and lung cancer and the Scientific Board of the clinical section of the Netherlands Cancer Institute. He has also authored and co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed international papers and chapters.

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