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The Minister for Science and Technology, Mr Ross Free, today

announced the founding members of the newly incorporated Commission

for the Future. .

The Commission was established in 1985 by the then Minister for

Science, Mr Barry Jones, as a body to generate community discussion

and to raise wider understanding of science and technology issues.

Since that time the Commission has gained a reputation for developing

awareness of critical, emerging issues such as the environment, urban

development and long term future strategic planning.

The proposal to incorporate the Commission as a not-for-profit

company limited by guarantee was announced by the Government last

year. As a private sector company the Commission will seek to earn

revenue through sales of high quality services. It will offer its

skills in long term strategic planning, public consultation and

information, and science and technology consulting to a range of

public and private sector clients.

Mr Free said the founding members of the Commission were prominent

Australians and leaders in t h e i r :f i e l d s .· ' . ·

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The founding members are:

. Sir Laurence Muir '

. Mr Robyn Williams .

. Professor Derek Denton

. Professor Adrienne Clarke

. Professor Ian Lowe

. Dr Kevin Foley

Mr Williams will continue as Chairman of the Commission.

" The new members met for the first time last week and appointed five

new D i r e ctors. They are:

. The Most Reverend Peter Hollingworth

. Mr Thomas Harley

. Mr Nick Callinan

. Mr Peter Hansen

. Mr Neville Hurst

Mr Rick Farley also continues as a Director.

"The Commission is now well recognised internationally as a world

futures organisation, " Mr Free said.

"It is also well regarded in preparing the community for the many

challenges facing Australians in providing a sound economic and

environmental future for their children," he said.

CANBERRA Contacts: Minster's Office

** Attached are biographies of founding members and d i r e c t o r s .

Dr Kevin Foley

Commission for the Future

Phil Tardif

(06).277 7280

(06)' 254 7383 Phone: (03) 663 3281

Sir Laurence Muir, of Melbourne, was born in 1925 and educated

at Scotch College, the Royal Australian Navy, and Melbourne

University. He gained an LLB and was admitted as a barrister and

solicitor in 1950. However, he worked as a sharebroker for more

than 30 years and Was a partner in Potter Partners from 1962 to

1980. He has extensive commercial experience at board level with

a wide range of companies, committees, trusts and councils. He

was knighted in 1981 for services to the community.

Mr Robyn Williams, of Sydney, was born in 1944 and attended

schools in Vienna and L o n d o n . He graduated with a B.Sc (Hons)

from the University of London. He has been a broadcaster with

the ABC Science Unit (Radio) since 1972 and executive producer

since 1975. He has been Chairman of the Commission for the

Future since 1990 and President of the Australian Museum Trust

since 1985. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in


Professor Derek Denton, of Melbourne, was born in 1924 and

educated at Launceston Grammar School and the University of

Melbourne. He was Professor of Experimental Physiology and

Medicine (Research) at the University of Melbourne from

1977-1989. '

Professor Adrienne Clarke, of Melbourne, was born in 1938 and

educated at Ruyton School and the University of M e l b o u r n e . She

has been Professor Personal Chair in Botany at the University of

Melbourne since 1985 and a member of the CSIRO Board since 1986.

She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1991.

Professor Ian Lowe, of Brisbane, was born in 1942 and attended

Bowral High School, the University of NSW and York University

(UK) . He has been Associate Professor in Science, Technology and

Society at Griffith University since 1985 and Director of the

Science Policy Research Centre since 1980, .

Dr Kevin Foley, of Limburner' s C r e e k , NSW, was born in 1938

and educated at the University of NSW and the ANU. He was a

senior economist with the International Wool Secretariat in

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L o n d o n , chief research economist with the Australian Wool

Corporation, a member of the Victorian Parliament 1976-1982,

foundation Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for

Quality Management and Decision Analysis at Bond University

1988-89. Dr Foley, who is a member of the CSIRO Board, has

diverse business and research interests and has published in the

fields of defence, agriculture, science and technology,

marketing, government and management.

The Most Reverend Peter Hollingworth, of Brisbane, was born in

1935 and educated at Scotch College and the University of

Melbourne, where he gained a BA and a Licentiate of Theology,

and later, an MA (Hons). .In 1970 he was appointed Associate

Director of the Brotherhood of St L a wrence, and in 1980 became

Executive Director. He was elected Canon of St P a u l 's Cathedral

in 1980 and consecrated Bishop in 1985. He was made an Officer

of the Order of the British Empire in 1976, and an Officer of

the Order of Australia in 1988. He was elected the eighth

Archbishop of Brisbane in 1989 and was Enthroned in the

Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist in 1990.

Mr Thomas Harley, of Melbourne, was born in 1956 and educated

at Melbourne Grammar School, the Royal Melbourne Institute of

Technology, and Oxford University (UK), where he gained a M.Litt

in Politics. He has worked for the Victorian Liberal Party and

the Speaker of the House of Representatives. From 1989-91 he was

Director of BHP Aerospace & Electronics Pty Ltd, and Assistant

to the Corporate Treasurer, the Broken Hill Proprietary Company

Ltd since 1989. He has been a Director of UNICEF (Australia)

since 1989, and was first elected to the Commission for the

Future in 1990, becoming a Director in 1991.

Mr Nick Callinan, of Melbourne, was born in 1946 and educated

at University of Melbourne, gaining a Bachelor of Engineering

(Civil) and a Masters of Business Administration. In 1975 he

joined Cummins Diesel Australia and became World Wide Marketing

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Executive, based in the United S t a t e s . He then returned to

Australia as the first locally appointed Managing Director. In

1983 he founded the Advent/Western Pacific venture capital

companies, now known as the Advent Management Grbup, and today

is Chief Executive of the Group.

Mr Peter Hansen, of Melbourne, was born in 1946 and gained a

B.Econ. at Monash University. He spent 20 years with ACI (a

member of the BTR Nylex Ltd Group) in accounting, marketing,

environmental affairs and business unit management. He is

currently Manager, Corporate Affairs, ACI. As well as

representing his company to government and the media, Mr Hansen

has had wide experience in Australia and overseas as a

spokesperson for business on environment and related strategic

i s s u e s .

Mr Rick Farley, of Brisbane, was born in 1952 and received a

BA from the University of Queensland. He worked as a journalist

before joining the staff of Dr Doug Everingham,.the then Federal

Minister for Health. From 1979-85 he was Executive Director of

the Cattlemen's Union. He joined the National Farmers'

Federation as Deputy Director in 1985, becoming Executive

Director in 1988. He is a member of the government's Soil ·

Conservation Task Force, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for

the Future, and President of the Soil and Water Conservation

Association of Australia.

Mr Neville Hurst, of Canberra, was born in 1933 and educated

at the University of Melbourne. He gained a BA (Hons) and an

MA (Hons), and then undertook research in defence science,

specialising in the application of operational research and

systems analysis of defence equipment. He has worked in a number

of Departments, joining the Department of Industry, Technology ■

and Commerce (DITAC) in 1987 . Since then he has worked iri the

IR&D area with NIES, in the Small Business Unit, and with the

Housing and Construction areas. He is currently First Assistant

Secretary of the Corporate Services Division in DITAC.