Day 2, 9:20am – 10:30am – Town Hall Meeting

Facilitator: Kerry O'Brien

O'Brien Kerry 2014

Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership. Other industry awards include a Logie for public affairs coverage.
Kerry has been a journalist for 49 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent. He has specialised in national politics for the ABC, as well as the Ten and Seven networks, and was press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam.
For ABC-TV he was the editor, presenter and interviewer for the 7.30 Report over 15 years, the presenter and interviewer at Four Corners for five years and at Lateline for six years. He has interviewed many world leaders including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, as well as many influential figures in the arts, science and business. For 20 years he was also the face of the ABC’s election night coverage.
Kerry’s acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013, and his book expanding on those conversations was published in 2015.
Kerry was honoured with a Hall of Fame Award in the 2019 Logie TV Week Awards for his contribution to media. 

Tim Hicks, General Manager Policy & Advocacy


Tim is a senior policy professional with strong networks and extensive experience in tax policy, regulatory reform, digital policy and stakeholder engagement, including as the head of economics and industry policy for the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Tim has also held roles in Federal Treasury and has previously been an advisor to the ATO and the ACCC.

Sean Rooney, CEO, LASA


As CEO of aged care industry peak body, Leading Age Services Australia, Sean Rooney is a recognised leader in the aged care sector.
Sean speaks with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and providers of aged care services across residential care, home care and retirement living.
Sean has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations.  He has led membership-based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage.
Sean also has practical experience at the nexus of the health and aged care sectors, having previously been the CEO at the Australian Medicare Local Alliance.
Sean has a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University.