Talking Justice event brought speakers on issues such as Obesity, Health, Global Poverty, Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Freedom of Speech.
On Friday night, at the tail end of Law Week 2015, former Australian of the Year Professor Mick Dodson opened the event with a discussion about welfare, entitlement and recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Professor Dodson was followed by Dr Helen Szoke, CEO of Oxfam Australia, who considered these issues in a national context, then shifted to the global context, where need continues to outstrip compassion.
On Saturday morning, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, Muslim activist Lydia Shelly and Rob Stary unpacked the complex issues surrounding racism, radicalisation and free speech.
After lunch, former Boyer lecturer Eva Cox, Research Economist Warwick Smith, Haven CEO Ken Marchingo and Professor Mick Dodson took Joe Hockey’s “lifters and leaners” comments as their departure point for a discussion around entitlement and obligation, wealth and poverty.
Later, doctor and non-communicable diseases activist Dr Allesandro Demaio, Member for Ripon Louise Staley MP, and Ange Barry, CEO of Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Project, debated health and state intervention.
Video Links Below to individual speakers:
Ange Barry – Obesity, health and freedom of choice
Dr Alessandro Demaio – Obesity, health and freedom of choice
Eva Cox – Lifters and Leaners; is it that simple?
Helen Szoke – The challenge of global poverty
Howard Nathan – Constitutional recognition and a national statement on Indigenous reconciliation
Ken Marchingo on Lifters and Leaners – is it that simple?
Louise Staley – Obesity, health and freedom of choice
Lydia Shelly – Engagement in a context of hostility
Mick Dodson – Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Robert Stary – Engagement in a context of hostility
Tim Wilson – Engagement in a context of hostility
Warwick Smith – Lifters and Leaners; is it that simple?