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.
Lecture presented by 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.