Event - Social Justice in the Neoliberal Age

Posted 5 November 2018 2:09pm
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In the final event of its “Better Australia?” series, La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program invites you to join a conversation between two of this country’s most perceptive and respected social justice advocates and activists—Cassandra Goldie CEO of the Australian Council of Social Services and Frank Brennan SJ CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia.

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018 06:15pm to 08:00 pm
Contact:               University Events, universityevents@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:      Dr Cassandra Goldie, Father Frank Brennan and Conny Lenneberg
Type of Event:     Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture; Public $30 General / $20 Alumni & Staff / $15 Students

Most Australians support the quest for social justice or what more commonly they call the idea of the “fair go”. Recently, Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared, “I believe in a fair go for those who have a go”. Shortly after, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced Labor’s “fair go action plan”.

In the final event of its “Better Australia?” series, La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program invites you to join a conversation between two of this country’s most perceptive and respected social justice advocates and activists - Cassandra Goldie CEO of the Australian Council of Social Services and Frank Brennan SJ CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia.Cornelia (Conny) Lenneberg, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence will facilitate this event.The event will also feature a welcome address from La Trobe's Vice Chancellor, Professor John Dewar.

The questions they will be considering include: How far do we have to go before we can call ourselves a “fair go society”? Regarding the quest for social justice, what are the most important differences between the Coalition and the Labor Party? Do we still live in a neoliberal age, one that believes in small government and the superior wisdom of the market? Does neoliberalism threaten the quest for social justice? Is neoliberalism losing its grip?  How successful have we recently been in tackling poverty and homelessness; income, gender and generational inequality; unemployment, disability, and mental illness? Why have we treated asylum seekers and refugees who arrive by boat so harshly? Why has the perennial problem of indigenous disadvantage proven to be so intractable? And most importantly—how can a better Australia, the fair go Australia of our self-conception, be built?

To avoid disappointment book early. Interest is likely to be high.

Futher information is available here.

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