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

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

Annual Social justice Lecture: Poverty, Inequality and the Law in Australia Today: 40+ Years After the Poverty Commission

It has been 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.

This free 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.

Location

Townsville: 19th September 5.30pm at The Science Place room 111

Cairns: 20th September 5.30pm at The Cairns Institute room 054

Speaker

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.

About the Annual Social Justice Lecture

The Social Justice Lecture Series is presented annually by the Academic Group of Social Work and Human Service 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.