Annual Social Justice Lecture 

2017 Social Justice Lecture

Poverty, Inequality and the Law in Australia: 40+ Years After the Poverty Commission

presented by Professor Brendan Edgeworth - Professor of Law University of New South Wales

When: Tuesday, 19 September 2017 | 5:30pm for a 6pm start

Where:  The Science Place (Bldg 142), Room 111, JCU Townsville

 RSVPs for Townsville are now closed.  Please feel free to attend the Lecture, by going to the venue


When:  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 | 5:30pm for a 6pm start

Where: The Cairns Institute (Bldg D3) Room 054, JCU Cairns 

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It is more than 40 years since the Sackville report was published in 1975, highlighting unprecedented levels of poverty and disadvantage in Australia. Despite social, economic and legal reforms to address inequality many of the problems and issues that prompted the Inquiry persist, as well as new factors that operate to undermine and even reverse progress. Australia continues to witness substantial levels of poverty and increasing inequality that impact the life chances and choices of many Australians.  The lecture will explore current levels of poverty and inequality, and examine some areas of possible reform, in the field of law and in other domains.

About our Presenter:

Professor Brendan Edgeworth - Professor of Law and former Head of School at the University of New South Wales. He is a renowned author in the area of social justice and the law. Has a keen interest and significant expertise in the areas of property and housing law as well as law, poverty and social change, Professor Edgeworth has made frequent contributions to government and law reform bodies. He has been engaged as a consultant to the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, and was a member of the Board of the Tenants' Union of New South Wales from 2004-12.



The Social Justice Lecture Series


Emeritus Professor Rosamund Thorpe

Is presented annually by the Department of Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University. It is made possible by, and in honour of, Emeritus Professor Rosamund Thorpe whose tireless commitment to social justice for disadvantaged and disempowered people continues to inspire and enhance social work practice and education in North Queensland




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