Canberra Conversation Lecture Series

CANBERRA - A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Thu 29 March 2018SPEAKERS: Bishop Emeritus Pat Power, Sarah Murdoch, Toni Hassan & Dr John Falzon / 12.30pm - 1.30pm Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY

CANBERRA – A TALE OF TWO CITIES

DATE: Thursday 29 March 2018
TIME: 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
VENUE: Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY 

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ABOUT: Canberra is an affluent society, with relatively higher socio-economic outcomes on most measures compared to the rest of Australia. This affluence may, however, mask entrenched disadvantage, financial stress, social isolation and poverty. This IGPA seminar explores whether Canberra is the city we like to think it is – caring, compassionate and egalitarian; or the city which for many residents is complacent, self-satisfied and uncaring.

The Seminar is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM

THE SPEAKERS

Bishop Emeritus Pat Power was ordained in Queanbeyan in 1965, and in 1986, he became the fifth Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra?Goulburn. He served on bishops’ committees for laity, ecumenism, canon law, family and life, social welfare and media. He has also been the Secretary of the Committee for Justice, Development, Ecology and Peace and a member of the Australian Social Justice Council.

Bishop Pat Power has had a deep interest in the welfare of marginalised people in society In 2000, he chaired a major enquiry into poverty in the Australian Capital Territory. He has been a strong advocate for the East Timorese and the Palestinian people, for Aboriginal people, for racial respect, and for the unemployed.

Sarah Murdoch is the Executive of St John’s Care, an outreach service by St John’s Anglican Church, in partnership with Anglicare, and supported by other parishes and the Canberra community.

St John’s Care assists people who struggle with issues of low income, isolation and social disadvantage. It provides emergency assistance in the form of food, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing, prescription filling, bus fares, blankets and financial help to meet the basic requirements of people in need.

Toni Hassan is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, and winner of a Human Rights award for excellence in journalism.

She has been an adviser in federal politics and with the ACT Human Rights Commission in the area of children and young people’s advocacy.

Toni writes for The Canberra Times exploring her interconnected interests of community development, participatory democracy and parenting in the digital age. She is a scholar with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

Dr John Falzon the Chief Executive of the St Vincent Paul Society National Council of Australia, is a social analyst, activist and poet. Dr Falzon has worked in academia, community development, research and advocacy. He has written and spoken widely on the structural causes of inequality in Australia and the collective struggle for social justice and is a regular media commentator.

He is the author of The Language of the Unheard (2012) and Communists Like Us, a collection of poems released in 2017.

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