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

Attended by leaders from the community, business and government, and our BSL supporters, the Sambell Oration provides a unique opportunity to be engaged in discussing important social justice issues affecting Australia.


BSL is delighted to announce that on 11 July, the Federal Treasurer The Hon. Jim Chalmers MP will be our Sambell Orator.

The Treasurer will address our current economic challenges and the impact these are having on people living in poverty.

More detail will be provided closer to the event.


How a Voice to Parliament can positively impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

A conversation with two key architects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Aunty Pat Anderson AO and Professor Megan Davis, on how the Uluru dialogues were designed and run and how we can work together to help deliver a First Nation’s Voice to Parliament.

Sambell Oration 2022 Transcript

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Towards a just future – reimagining social and economic policy for our insecure times

Hon Jenny Macklin, offers a frank perspective on social and economic policy trends in Australia. The challenges ahead to enable economic security for all. How we rebuild declining trust in our institutions in an era of remarkable – yet stubbornly uneven – prosperity.

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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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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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