Towards a just future: Reimagining social and economic policy
Former Federal Minister Jenny Macklin has been at the frontline of social policy debates for more than three decades. She presented our 2019 Sambell Oration.
Ms Macklin argues we must find a path to a just and sustainable future for all. BSL Executive Director Conny Lenneberg responds to the wide-ranging social and economic policy matters raised in the oration, and outlines BSL's approach to addressing them.
During a 23-year career as a federal MP, Jenny Macklin served as Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform. She was a key architect of the National Disability Insurance Scheme – 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. Now, she is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.