About the panel


David Hetherington


David is the founding Executive Director of progressive Australian think-tank, Per Capita. He has previously worked at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London and for L.E.K. Consulting in Sydney, Munich and Auckland. He has written over 100 major reports, book chapters and opinion pieces on a wide range of economic and social policy issues, including fiscal policy, market design, social innovation, employment, education and training, disability, housing, and climate change.

David has been an expert witness to Parliamentary Committees and frequently speaks at Australian and international conferences, including the Banff Forum and the Progressive Governance Summit. His articles have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Australian Financial Review, the Guardian, and The Australian, and he is a columnist for Policy Network’s State of the Left. He was a longstanding contributor to Radio National’s Life Matters and is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV.

David holds a BA with First Class Honours from UNSW and an MPA with Distinction from the London School of Economics where he won the George W. Jones Prize for Academic Achievement.


Yvonne Henderson


Yvonne was the WA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity from 2003-2013, and a WA state Member of Parliament from 1983-1996.

A former high school science teacher and politician, Yvonne became active in the women’s movement in the 1970s and was a founding member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby: a coalition of women’s groups that started campaigning for the introduction of equal opportunity legislation. As a Member of Parliament, Yvonne introduced many reforms including the Equal Opportunity Bill, which became law in 1985. Yvonne was a Minister for 5 years, holding the portfolios of Industrial Relations, Consumer Affairs, Housing and Construction, and was the first woman Deputy Speaker in the Legislative Assembly, and the first woman in WA to give birth while serving as a member of Cabinet.

After leaving Parliament, Yvonne studied law and practised for 5 years, and then became the WA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity. She has overseen major inquiries by the Equal Opportunity Commission into discrimination against Aboriginal people in public housing. This was followed by an inquiry into racism in the private rental market. Yvonne’s contract as Commissioner for Equal Opportunity expired on 27 June 2013. 

Yvonne has also been a member of the University of Western Australia's Senate External Environment Committee for 6 years, and is a current member of the Fairbridge WA Board, and the patron of the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre.


Archie Law


Archie has been the Executive Director of human rights organisation ActionAid Australia since 2008. He has almost 30 years of experience working across the humanitarian sector.

Prior to joining ActionAid, Archie worked for the United Nations Development Program in South Africa, working on conflict prevention and recovery across the continent. He has also worked for the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Archie was a member of the UN team that developed the contingency plan for an emergency response to the conflict in Iraq in 2002-2003.

He also spent four years as the head of the Mine’s Advisory Group’s 500-person Cambodia Program and four years managing emergency response programs for World Vision between 1995 and 1998.

Archie is highly regarded within the human rights sector and a regular commentator on related issues in the Australian media.

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