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Professor Peter Drahos

Peter Drahos is a Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. He holds a Chair in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London.  He is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.  He holds degrees in law, politics and philosophy and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor.  He has published widely in law and social science journals on a variety of topics including contract, legal philosophy, telecommunications, intellectual property, trade negotiations and international business regulation.




W/Prof Carmen Lawrence

After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government.  She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women.  She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007. She is now Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia and Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.




Senator Scott Ludlam

Senator Scott Ludlam, a former graphic designer, environmental and social justice campaigner, was elected in November 2007 and again in April 2014 as an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. He is currently one of 11 Australian Greens members of parliament.

He is Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and spokesperson for Communications, Housing, Nuclear Issues, Foreign Affairs and Sustainable Cities.

Senator Ludlam continues to be a leading voice in the promotion of digital rights since taking up the campaign against mandatory internet filtering in 2008. Since then, he has worked to break the two-party consensus on increasingly intrusive electronic surveillance and data retention laws, has campaigned for justice for Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, and is a supporter of public ownership of the National Broadband Network.