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.
This year, the Sambell Oration will be held on Monday 5 December will focus on how a Voice to Parliament can positively impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We’re delighted to announce that our Orators this year will be Aunty Pat Anderson AO and Professor Megan Davis, both of whom were instrumental in the creation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart in 2017, which calls for a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution. Aunty Pat Anderson and Professor Megan Davis are now members of the working group set up to advise government on the path to a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
The ideas of social justice, access to opportunity and empowerment of local community are close to the heart of BSL as we work to make lasting change for all people facing disadvantage in Australia. BSL supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and stands with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people calling for a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution. We also support the establishment of a Makarrata Commission to enable a fair and truthful relationship between all Australians.
We are proud to accept the invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a movement for a better future, and look forward to your participation by streaming this important occasion.
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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.
Rhonda Galbally, health development, social services and disability rights advocate
The genesis of the NDIS: bringing competing agendas together
Maurice Glasman, English political theorist and academic
The common good
Professor Paul Smyth, General Manager Research and Policy Centre, the Brotherhood of St Laurence
Social policies for tougher times
Professor Roz Hansen, urban planning expert
A tale of two Melbournes? The disparities of place and how to bridge the divide
Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive Business Council of Australia
Ruth Lister, Emeritus Professor in Social Policy, Loughborough University, UK
Towards the inclusive society
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
One year on from the crisis: economic and social policy challenges for Australia
Economist Professor Ross Garnaut
Climate change as an equity issue
Economist Saul Eslake
Social policy in a fully employed economy: the economic and social imperative — tapping the potential of disadvantaged Australians
Former Premier of Western Australia Professor Geoff Gallop
Right and responsibilities: towards a genuinely Australian understanding