The Sambell Oration
The Sambell Oration is delivered each year by a guest speaker.
Named after former Brotherhood executive director, Geoffrey Sambell, the event reflects his vision for social justice and provides a forum for community leaders to discuss topical issues.
Recent Sambell Orations are available electronically. Earlier orations are listed in the library catalogue.
2012 Sambell Oration
The Brotherhood's annual Sambell Oration Dinner for 2012 featured Professor Roz Hansen Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee advising the Victorian Government on the development of a new Metropolitan Planning Strategy for Melbourne to the year 2050.
In her Sambell Oration, Professor Hansen stated that for too long governments have relied on a legacy of past planning policies, programs and city shaping investment to "cope" with growth rather than "manage" growth in Melbourne.
We have continued to rely on ageing transport infrastructure rather than redirecting our energies to providing public transport that enhances accessibility to jobs and services.
Download Professor Roz Hansen's full speech (PDF file 492 KB)
2011 Sambell Oration
Shared Prosperity by Jennifer Westacott (PDF file, 145 KB)
2010 Sambell Oration
Towards an inclusive society by Professor Ruth Lister (PDF file, 124 KB) Download the audio file (MP3 file, 12.8 MB)
One year on from the crisis: economic and social policy challenges for Australia (PDF file, 93 KB)
The Hon. Kevin Rudd, MP, Prime Minister of Australia
Climate change as an equity issue (PDF file, 49 KB)
Social policy in a ‘fully employed’ economy (PDF file, 87 KB)
Rights and responsibilities: towards a genuinely Australian understanding (PDF file, 59 KB)
Keeping governments on track to end child poverty: the role of advocacy and activism (PDF file, 65 KB)
… and where are we now? Thoughts on the 2004 election (PDF file, 48 KB)
Tackling poverty amid wealth – microfinance in industrialised countries
Download a transcript of the speech Discovering soul work: my personal journey (PDF file, 137 KB)
Making Australia a poverty-free zone (PDF file, 48 KB)
Download the background paper (PDF file, 145 KB)