The George Briscoe Kerferd Oration was first held in 2003 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the naming of Beechworth. The Oration is part of the Public Lecture Series of La Trobe University.
The Oration brings an eminent speaker to our regional community to discuss an emerging issue in the context of social justice in rural areas. The Oration honours George Briscoe Kerferd (1831 - 1889), an energetic community leader, Premier of Victoria and a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
The annual Oration is a free community event sponsored by Indigo Shire Council, La Trobe University, WAW Credit Union and Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre.
2015 Dr Simon Longstaff
The Executive Director of the Ethics Centre, Sydney, Dr Simon Longstaff, delivered the 2015 on Invisible People in the context of ethics. He asked why we pay attention to some people in our society and not others. He spoke about those who are 'invisible' — either because they make us uncomfortable, or because their vote 'doesn't count' or because they lack the economic presence to be recognised by a system that increasingly judges worth according to economic utility rather than intrinsic value. Farmers, rural and regional communities, Indigenous Peoples, those not living in marginal electorates — all these and others are increasingly joining the ranks of the 'marginalised' — made invisible through indifference, Dr Longstaff said. So, what might be said about them — and how might our society and its institutions need to respond in order that all at least enjoy the dignity of being 'seen'?
|The Honour Roll of Kerferd Orators
||The Hon John Harber Phillips AC
The North Eastern Victoria Republic Movement - Myth or Reality
||Ms Barbara Holborow OAM
||Professor Henry Brodaty AO
Ageing - It's all in the Mind
||Ms Cathy McGowan AO
Beechworth - Our Common Wealth?
||The Hon John Thwaites MP
Social Justice and Climate Change
||Professor Tim Flannery
The Climate Change Challenge
||Rev Tim Costello AO
Community Values for a World in Need
||Ms Jemima Richards
Revealing the Hidden Strengths and Talents of Community
||Justice David Harper AM
Sentencing: Public perceptions, the reality and their social implications
||The Hon Tim Fischer AC and
Dr Bill Wilson APM, OAM
Sir Isaac Isaacs: What can we learn today from this national legend?
||Mr Bernie Geary OAM
Young People: a resource we need
||Ms Jenny Coles
The true value of a cappuccino is the manner in which it is shared
||Dr Simon Longstaff
The Invisible People
Last updated: 16 March 2016