Keynote speaker: Tim Jackson
By the magic of 21st century communications technology, Tim Jackson live from the UK. Author of Prosperity Without Growth: The Transition to a Sustainable Economy, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey, and Director of the Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE), Tim is also a professional playwright.
Public lecture: Bob Brown
Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996 after 10 years as an MHA in the Tasmanian parliament. In his first speech in the Senate, Bob raised the threat posed by climate change. Government and opposition members laughed at his warning of sea level rises and it has taken 12 years for them to finally begin to acknowledge the causes and effects of climate change. Since 1996, Bob has continued to take a courageous, and often politically lonely, stand on issues across the national and international spectrum.
Welcome to Country: Joy Wandin Murphy
Joy Wandin Murphy, the Senior Elder of the Wurundjeri People, will welcome participants to Country. She has been involved with Aboriginal Issues for thirty years, and held executive positions across all sectors of Government. She and her much-loved partner (dec) share seven adult children and ten adored grandchildren. Amongst many activities, she is an honorary Professor of Swinburne University of Technology, Chair of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Cultural Arts and Development at the Victorian College of the Arts, Co-Patron for Keeping Koori Kids in Catholic Education and Patron for Parliament of World Religions.
Margret is an artist whose lyrics are “noted for their wit and substance” (Musica Viva), who has shared stages with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, Ani Di Franco, Taj Mahal, et al, and with Nelson Mandela, Abbie Hoffman, Benjamin Spock, Helen Caldicott, Mort Sahl and David Suzuki. Margret is renowned for her memorable performances in Australia and overseas. She has 10 solo albums, an extensive roots-based repertoire, a powerful vocal style, plus humour and wisdom from surviving and thriving outside the mainstream for over 4 decades.