The second John Howard Lecture was delivered by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, the UK's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in Sydney on 26 July 2011, on 'Welfare Reform: investing in life change'. You can view a broadcast of the speech below, or download a copy by clicking on the link provided.
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP has been Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions since the 2010 United Kingdom General Election. He has served as the MP for the Chingford and Woodford Green constituency since April 1992 and has held a number of roles in Government, including Leader of the Opposition when he led the Conservative Party from September 2001 until November 2003. In 2004, he subsequently founded the influential think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, which worked to develop innovative policies on tackling poverty and welfare reform. In his early career, Iain Duncan Smith served in the Scots Guards and worked with the General Electric Company. He was born in Edinburgh and he and his wife, Betsy, have four children.
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