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Hugh Stretton Oration: On Life’s Lottery

February 18, 2021 - February 18, 2021

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Elder Hall North Terrace Adelaide, SA 5000

Is Australia a land of meritocracy, ‘fair go’, and equal opportunity? Does where you are born and who you are born to matters? Poverty, like the property of the wealthy, can be handed down through generations from parent to child.


This inaugural Hugh Stretton Oration, by Professor Davis, will focus on the role and expectations of charities and government in addressing inter-generational poverty in Australia. He will discuss policies and practices, including pragmatic and innovative approaches that might temper entrenched poverty. This policy melting pot is something to which Hugh Stretton who preferred pragmatism over ideology, experimentation over economic orthodoxy, would have been attracted.


Professor Davis is the author of a new book, also titled On Life’s Lotterypublished by Hachette Australia


Registration is essential.


The Orator


Glyn Davis AC is CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, which works to end inter-generational poverty. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and remains Distinguished Professor of political science at the Australian National University and visiting Professor at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. He delivered the Boyer lectures on the future of higher education in 2010


On the Day


  • Doors open at 5:00pm for COVID-safe registration/check-in. Please bring your registration ticket.
  • The oration will commence at 5:30 pm sharp.
  • Capacity limits apply in order to safely adhere to social distancing protocols.


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