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 and provides a forum for community leaders to discuss social issues.

Events Coordinator, Loretta Pearson
Phone: (03) 9483 1369, email: events(at)

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

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past sambell orations


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

The genesis of the NDIS: bringing competing agendas together

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Maurice Glasman, English political theorist and academic

The common good

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

Social policies for tougher times

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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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Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive Business Council of Australia

Sharing prosperity

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

Towards the inclusive society

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

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

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Economist Professor Ross Garnaut

Climate change as an equity issue

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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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Former Premier of Western Australia Professor Geoff Gallop

Right and responsibilities: towards a genuinely Australian understanding

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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