Talking Justice – the buzz is building

Registrations for Talking Justice 2015 are filling up fast. And here at Loddon Campaspe CLC the buzz is building ahead of this year’s event at Bendigo’s new Ulumbarra Theatre.

A new face joins our line-up

Rob Stary cropWe’re pleased to announce that Rob Stary has joined our Talking Justice line-up. Rob will share the stage at Ulumbarra Theatre with Tim Wilson and Lydia Shelly on the Saturday morning to discuss Engagement in a Context of Hostility. Given recent developments around Anzac Day, the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, and events in the Middle East this promises to be a red hot discussion. (Please note: Rob Stary replaces Justice Mordecai Bromberg who is no longer available.)

And a new Sponsor comes on board

We’re also pleased to announce that Strategem Community Foundation has come on board as a Platinum Sponsor. They join other Platinum sponsors Victoria Law Foundation; Arnold, Dallas, McPherson; Bendigo Community Health Services; La Trobe University; the City of Greater Bendigo; Ulumbarra Theatre and Clayton Utz. Our Gold sponsors are O’Farrell Robertson McMahon, Bress Winery, Community Sector Banking and Stuthridge Legal. Our Silver sponsors are Robertson Hyetts, Juliana Smith and The Shaller Studio. Without the support of our sponsors we simply couldn’t host this event. Hats off to all of you!

Our Speakers at large

A key criteria for selecting Talking Justice speakers is their high public profile and active engagement in broader public discussions. So it’s no surprise that some of our speakers have been speaking out and making waves lately.

Tim_Wilson_preferred_0109 cropTim Wilson has been front and centre in various forums (both as a commentator and lightning rod) in relation to the role of freedom of speech in the sacking of SBS soccer commentator Scott McIntyre following his tweets on Anzac Day. See Jake Wilson in The Guardian Australia on the 28th of April. Or read Tim’s piece in The Australian on the same day.



Eva cropEva Cox contributed a piece to The Conversation on the 29th of April that took aim at the federal government’s proposal to fund unqualified nannies. In short, Eva argues that the proposal breaches “an implicit but long-term rule of public subsidies for child care – that is, that this service is regulated to ensure quality care.”



Sandro BW picAlessandro Demaio wrote in The Conversation on the 23rd of April about our apparent lack of vocal concern around issues ranging from climate change to food sustainability. As Alessandro puts it “Instead, this is a time when our governments seem to be systematically dismantling platforms that allow and promote these very discussions. Opportunities where we can question where we are collectively heading and have a chance to table big issues like climate change, social policy, healthcare financing, societal trust and contract. Even worse, we seem to be laying down and letting it happen“. Alessandro also featured in The Age on the 3rd of May, talking about the accuracy of record keeping around the causes of death and the statistical reality behind mortality.

Twitter list gives you the heads up

For those of you on Twitter, you can now subscribe to our public list of Talking Justice speakers, eight of whom are on Twitter. What better way to tune into their current thoughts and concerns in the lead up to their appearance in Bendigo? To subscribe, simply visit Talking Justice 2015.


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