About the Event
The Finnegan Rudd dinner marks the enormous contribution to industrial relations of Maurie Finnegan and Maurie Rudd.
Both Finnegan and Rudd were former Branch Secretaries of the then "Federated Ironworkers’ Association" (now part of the "Australian Workers Union" (AWU)) in the Hunter Region. Each worked tirelessly during the 1970s and 1980s to create a more co-operative industrial relations environment during a period when the region was characterised by conflict and distrust.
About the Speaker: The Hon. Brendan O'Connor
This year's Finnegan-Rudd address will be delivered by Brendan O'Connor, the Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.
The Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP has served as Deputy Chair of the Public Works Committee and the Employment and Workplace Participation Committee. From January 2006 he chaired Labor's Industrial Relations Taskforce enquiring into the Howard Government's controversial Work Choices legislation.
O'Connor has also served as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations from December 2006 until the election of the Rudd Government, when he was appointed as Minister for Employment Participation.
Prior to entering Parliament, Brendan O'Connor was a Union official from 1986 to 2001, most recently Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union from 1993 to 2001.
Presenting this year's Finnegan-Rudd address is Brendan O'Connor, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (above).
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