sambell oration

The Sambell Oration has been delivered each year since 1981. Named after former Brotherhood executive director, Geoffrey Sambell, the event reflects his concern for social justice.

Sambell Oration Dinner 21 November 2019: Towards a just future – reimagining social and economic policy for our insecure times

The Honourable Jenny Macklin, who has been at the frontline of social policy debates for more than three decades, is our guest speaker this year. A former federal government minister and now a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, the Honourable Jenny Macklin will offer a frank perspective on social and economic policy trends in Australia.

Table Sponsorships and Supporter Packages are still available

Attended by leaders from the community, business and government, and our Brotherhood supporters, the Sambell Oration provides a unique opportunity to be engaged in discussing important social justice issues affecting Australia, whilst enjoying dinner and some light entertainment.

Pre Dinner drinks commence 6:30pm for Dinner 7:00pm, Melbourne Museum.

Ticket prices are:
Adult: $140
Not for Profit: $120
Concession $25
Table of 10: $1,200 (When booking a table of 10 online, if you do not know your final guest names, please enter your name against each guest entry in the interim.)

Reserve your place by booking online or by contacting the Events Department
Phone: (03) 9483 1183
Email: events(at)bsl.org.au

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Sambell Oration Dinner 2019 speaker Honourable Jenny Macklin

This year, we are delighted to have as our speaker the Honourable Jenny Macklin, who has been at the frontline of social policy debates for more than three decades.

Ms Macklin, now a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, will offer a frank perspective on social and economic policy trends in Australia. What are the challenges ahead to enable economic security for all? How do we rebuild declining trust in our institutions in an era of remarkable – yet stubbornly uneven – prosperity?

Jenny Macklin has been at the frontline of social policy debates in Australia, both in and outside Parliament, for more than three decades. During a 23-year career as a federal MP, she served as Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform. Ms Macklin was a key architect of the NDIS – one of the most significant social policy reforms Australia has seen in the modern era. As a cabinet minister, her achievements included helping deliver Australia’s historic Apology to the Stolen Generations. Political commentator Michelle Grattan summed up her legacy thus: ‘Jenny Macklin is one of those politicians really into public policy – understanding it and promoting ideas. A person of good heart and good grace.’

past sambell orations


2018

Investing in Indigenous Children

Leading educator Chris Sarra outlines his philosophy to deliver a stronger, smarter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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2016

Rhonda Galbally, health development, social services and disability rights advocate

The genesis of the NDIS: bringing competing agendas together

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2015

Maurice Glasman, English political theorist and academic

The common good

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2013

Professor Paul Smyth, General Manager Research and Policy Centre, the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Social policies for tougher times

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2012

Professor Roz Hansen, urban planning expert

A tale of two Melbournes? The disparities of place and how to bridge the divide

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2011

Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive Business Council of Australia

Sharing prosperity

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2010

Ruth Lister, Emeritus Professor in Social Policy, Loughborough University, UK

Towards the inclusive society

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2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

One year on from the crisis: economic and social policy challenges for Australia

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2008

Economist Professor Ross Garnaut

Climate change as an equity issue

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2007

Economist Saul Eslake

Social policy in a fully employed economy: the economic and social imperative — tapping the potential of disadvantaged Australians

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2006

Former Premier of Western Australia Professor Geoff Gallop

Right and responsibilities: towards a genuinely Australian understanding

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