Meet our keynote speakers.

Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC, Commissioner, Global Commission on Drug Policy

Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC was a Member of Western Australia’s Legislative Assembly for twenty years, a Minister in the Lawrence Government (1990-1993) and Premier from 2001 to 2006. He was Director of Sydney University’s Graduate School of Government (2006-2015) developing programs and teaching in the area of public sector policy and management in Australia, Africa and South East Asia. He was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council (2007-2011) and a Member of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (2008-2009). Today he is a Member if The Global Commission on Drug Policy and chairs the Research Committee of the New Democracy Foundation.

His keynote will focus on a new approach to drug policy courtesy of a range of harm reduction initiatives. Some jurisdictions overseas have decriminalised drug use to good effect and we are led to ask whether the time has come for Australia to adopt such an approach.

Mark Chenery, Founder and Director, Common Cause Australia

Mark Chenery is a communications expert and trainer who works with mission driven organisations and political parties to incorporate a values-based approach to messaging. His background includes advertising and journalism and heading up the community engagement program of an international human rights organisation in Australia. Since establishing Common Cause Australia in 2014, he and his colleagues have trained over 5,000 campaigners, communicators and fundraisers from Australia and New Zealand in the science of values and framing.

Mark has worked with dozens of organisations on values-based messaging. His research has changed the way many of Australia’s leading mission driven organisations as well as government departments and agencies communicate with the public on social justice, health and environmental issues.