Don Dunstan Oration 2014

As Premier of South Australia, Don Dunstan set new directions for public administration that had far-reaching national impacts. Shortly before his death, Don Dunstan entrusted to the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), the key advocate for effective public administration, the honour of carriage of the annual Don Dunstan Oration on Public Administration. The 2014 orator was Greg Combet, Chair, Automotive Transformation Taskforce.


8 October 2014


Ian McLachlan Room, Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA


5:00 pm (registration) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm



Greg Combet, Chair, Automotive Transformation Taskforce

Greg Combet is well known for his public roles as the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and as a Labor Government Minister.

He has been a key player in numerous high profile issues: the 1998 waterfront dispute, the fight to recover the entitlements of former Ansett employees, obtaining compensation for victims of James Hardie asbestos products, leading the campaign against the Howard Government’s WorkChoices laws,  delivering Labor’s carbon pricing and renewable energy legislation – to name a few.

Less well known is that his public life has been underpinned by knowledge and experience accumulated growing up in a winery, as a mining engineer, an economics graduate, community activist, superannuation trustee, bank director, industrial negotiator and advocate, communicator and campaigner.

Greg is a proven leader, strategist, complex problem solver and crisis manager with extensive, hands-on knowledge of Australian industry. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006. His book The Fights of My Life dealing with the major events in his working life, was recently published. He is currently working in superannuation, and advising the South Australian government on its response to the closure of the automotive manufacturing industry.


Susan Close MP
Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation
Minister for Automotive Transformation
Minister for the Public Sector

Susan Close was first elected as the State Member for Port Adelaide in February 2012 at a by-election. Before being appointed Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade and Minister for the Public Sector after the 2014 election, Dr Close was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Public Sector since February 2013. Dr Close has also chaired two parliamentary select committee inquiries. Before entering parliament, Dr Close was an executive in the public service and previously worked at Adelaide University as the director of student services. She and Declan have two children who attend a local primary school.