After a year of discovering who really runs Australia, The Power Index is finally set to reveal the country's fifty most powerful people.
Throughout July, Paul Barry and The Power Index team will be counting down the most influential people in the nation from business, media, politics, sport and culture.
The Power 50 / 2012
Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions
Born in: Sydney
Foes: The Business Council of Australia | Tony Abbott
Home Town: Melbourne
Trade union true believers have sky-high expectations for Dave Oliver, the man who's stepped in to replace the low-key Jeff Lawrence as head of the ACTU.
Oliver, a confident media performer, wants to transform the peak body into an energetic, high-profile organisation capable of once again setting the national agenda.
"Dave is an idea whose time has come," says Tony Maher, national president of the CFMEU. "I think Dave will develop into a very significant ACTU leader."
The former fitter and turner has won respect during the last five years as leader of the left-wing Australian Manufacturing Workers Union by working closely with Paul Howes' AWU to win government handouts for the struggling manufacturing industry.
He'd better hit the ground running at the ACTU: if Tony Abbott sweeps to power at the next election, the union movement will again be out in the cold.