Annual Hawke Lectures
The Annual Hawke Lecture is the premier national event on the public calendar of the University of South Australia, delivered under the auspices of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. There are relatively few moments when we have the time to consider the larger issues of life, including the future of our nation and our world and how we can shape it. The University of South Australia offers the Annual Hawke Lecture in this spirit, as an opportunity to listen to the views of someone whose experience of human affairs is notable, and whose concerns about our world are truly worthy of consideration.
The Centre mounts an active public program consistent with its non-partisan agenda of:
Strengthening our democracy - Valuing our diversity - Building our future
With Dr Elizabeth Blackburn - Australia's only female recipient of the Nobel Prize, and one of the world's most distinguished molecular biologists, in conversation with Robyn Williams (ABC Science Show)
Wednesday 21 August 2013, Adelaide Town Hall
|2012 - Mr Richard Woolcott AC|
|2011 - The Hon Dame Silvia Cartwright||2010 - Professor Geoff Gallop|
|2009 - Professor Ross Garnaut||2008 - Professor Fiona Stanley|
|2007 - The Hon Justice Michael Kirby||2006 - Mr Greg Combet|
|2005 - Mr Greg Bourne||2004 - Ms Irene Khan|
|2003 - The Hon Gareth Evans||2002 - Mr Noel Pearson|
|2001 - Sir Gustav Nossal||2000 - Dr Mamphela Ramphele|
|1999 - Sir Zelman Cowen||1998 - The Hon Bob Hawke|
Advance Australia Where? Forging our future in the Asian region
Closely following the release of the Australian Government's white paper on the 'Asian Century', Mr Richard Woolcott, respected and long term adviser on Australian-Asian relations to Prime Ministers from both major parties, explained why we should and how we can advance Australia into the 'Asian Century' and reap the benefits. Woolcott examined how our future in the Asian region will rely on a more effective response to our geography.
The Hon Dame Silvia Cartwright, Former Governor General of New Zealand and now Trial Judge, United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Courts of Cambodia
International criminal trials. A promise fulfilled?
A former Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Silvia is well known for defending human rights through the United Nations, for furthering international justice, and for her deep analysis of the victim experience. She has described the purpose of international trials as 'to end impunity, promote peace and reconciliation, punish those who have perpetrated proven mass crimes, and achieve justice for victims'. In this address, Dame Silvia will consider the utility of international criminal trials against the backdrop of the Cambodian experience (1975-9) and others.
Re-thinking Australian Politics: Engaging the Disenchanted
Rarely is there commentary these days without some reference to the
disenchantment of the voting public, not just about the way politics is
conducted but also about the outcomes from the process, particularly as they
relate to long-term challenges.
Climate Change: The public interest and private interests in Australian policy
The Garnaut Climate Change Review advised that it was in Australia's national interest to seek an ambitious international agreement on climate change mitigation, with Australia playing its full proportionate part. The 2009 Hawke Lecture discusses the elements of an international agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009 that would meet Australia's national interest. It addresses the difficulties of governments pursuing policies in the national interest when these are in conflict with powerful private interests. Comparisons are made between the history of Australian trade policy in the twentieth century and climate change policy now.
The Greatest Injustice - Why we have failed to improve the health of Aboriginal people
Professor Stanley was Australian of the Year in 2003, and is head of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. She is widely recognised for her commitment to child health and has expressed concerns about current social impacts on children and young people. She provides public health advice at the highest levels in Australia and her expertise is acknowledged internationally.
Consensus and Dissent in Australia
Bob Hawke was famous for his commitment to a search for consensus in politics and in industrial relations. It was the theme of his Boyer Lectures and a feature of his leadership of the union movement and the nation.
This year's Hawke Lecturer, Justice Kirby, has the highest dissenting rate in the history of the High Court, even out-flanking the dissents of Justice Issacs, Justice Evatt and Justice Murphy. In his Hawke Lecture, Justice Kirby will explore consensus and dissent in society. When is it appropriate, in the law and in the community, to seek agreement? And when do we have to stand up and disagree? By reference to law and life, this year's Annual Hawke Lecture will examine consensus and dissent in Australia.
A new Australian consensus for the 21st Century
Short-term gain or long-term prosperity? Reflections on current
Australian attitudes, community cohesiveness and national policies will be
at the heart of this address. Greg will pose hard questions as to whether we
are living for the moment or aiming for a strong national future.
A sustainable planet - a future for Australia
Is petrol pricing the tip of the iceberg? "We are in the red. We
exceed Earth's capacity by 20%. We are creating a depleted planet with a
quality of life to match. The new era that we must create together is a
sustainable one. One in which we have a thriving economy, a thriving society
and a thriving environment..."
Security for Whom? Redesigning Security, Reinforcing Human Rights
As the first woman, first Asian and first Muslim to head the world's largest human rights organisation, she has led Amnesty International through challenging developments in the wake of 11 September 2001, confronting the backlash against human rights, broadening the work of the organisation in areas of economic, social and cultural rights, and initiating a process of internal reform and renewal to enable the organisation to respond flexibly and rapidly to world events. She has also sought to bring a strong focus to the issue of women's human rights and violence against women.
Waging War and Making Peace
A former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Evans was appointed to this position in January 2000. The International Crisis Group (ICG) is an independent, non-profit, multinational organization, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
Indigenous Australia: the Social and Cultural Predicament
Noel Pearson is a Bama Bagaarrmugu of the Guuguwarra Nation from Kalpowar and Jeanie River area, Cape York.
Medical Science and Human Goals: a challenge for Australian research
Eminent scientists Sir Gustav Nossal has enjoyed a distinguished career
in medical research. He was Director of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of
Medical Research in Melbourne (1965-1996). He has been a Special Consultant
to the World Health Organisation and has received numerous honours both
nationally and internationally.
Human Rights and Human Development: Fulfilling the Basic Needs of People
Dr Ramphele has been a civil rights leader, medical doctor, and the first black woman to become a University Vice Chancellor in South Africa. As a student she fought apartheid alongside Steve Biko, and has received world awards and honorary doctorates for service to the community.
The Australian Republic - A Guide for the Perplexed
Sir Zelman Cowen, former Governor-General, academic, and an expert in constitutional law, is an Australian of high distinction, admired for his humanity and his knowledge.
A Confident Australia
Australia's longest serving Labor Prime Minister (1983-1991). Bob Hawke's long career in public life, as union official and political leader, has been characterised by a commitment to the betterment of the lives of all Australians, and a faith in the future of Australia as an outward looking and independent nation, confident of its place in the world.
The Centre encourages the generation of knowledge, research and debate about the issues that we face as individuals belonging to communities, societies and the world.
The Hawke Lecturer is a prominent person of national or international standing who has a demonstrated commitment to causes such as:
- human development
- social and environmental sustainability
- civil society values
- intercultural respect
- the advancement of the poor, the marginalised and the oppressed.
Drawing upon the interests and the experiences of the Lecturer, the Hawke Lecture challenges Australians and brings significant influence to bear on public opinion, policy and practice.
First delivered in 1998, in recent years it has been broadcast to a national audience by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Printed copies are available on request.
Ms Elizabeth Ho
Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia
Ph: +61 8 8302 0651 Mobile: 0417 085 585
While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public
program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University
of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest
of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of:
strengthening our democracy - valuing our diversity - and
building our future.
The copying and reproduction of any transcripts within the Hawke Centre public program is strictly forbidden without prior arrangements.