Brotherhood of St Laurence

Sambell Oration - Named after former Brotherhood executive director, Geoffrey Sambell, the event reflects his concern for social justice and provides a forum for community leaders to discuss social issues

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Why Care? : an attempt to state the theological basis for Christian social action / the First G. T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by Archbishop Sir Frank Woods,

by Woods, Sir Frank | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Companions of St Laurence 1981Description: 11 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Delivered on 13 December 1981 at the 51st Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. "Occasional Paper — Companions of St Laurence — 1981"- Front CoverSummary: GEOFFREY TREMAYNE SAMBELL was born in Broadford, Victoria in 1914 and later attended Melbourne Boys High School. His leadership qualities were recognised when he was selected for the Lord Somers Camp, after which he played rugby with Powerhouse. This fostered his interest in young people and led him into a leadership role in the Church of England Boys Society. During a short but promising business career he was involved with St Mark’s Social Settlement during the 1930s. He was then called to the ministry and he entered Ridley College and was ordained in 1940. After serving a curacy at St John’s East Malvern he served with great distinction as a Chaplain with the Australian Military Forces, both in the 57/60 and 2/11 battalions in New Guinea where he was mentioned in despatches. After the war he completed his B.A. at Melbourne University.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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God, people and resources : a Christian comment on the values of Australian society / the Second G. T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Right Reverend Oliver Heyward, M.A.

by Heyward, Oliver | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Companions of St Laurence 1982Description: 11 p PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper — Companions of St Laurence — 1982"- Front Cover Delivered on 5 December 1982 at the 52nd Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St LaurenceSummary: During the past 10 years there has been a significant change in the values of Australian society. This has probably been caused by a complex mix of events which include the long period of economic boom which ended in the mid-seventies. With that came big advances in technology, producing a confidence in the capacity of human beings not only to manage their own affairs, but to control the world in which we live. This coincided with a period in which the Church lost confidence in its message and ceased to speak with certainty as increasing numbers of people felt that they had no need of belief in God.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (3).
Educating for justice : a conversation with the church about its life and Gospel / the third G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Revd Dr Denham Grierson

by Grierson, Denham.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Companions of St Laurence 1983Description: 12 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper — Companions of St Laurence — 1983"- Front Cover Delivered on 4th December, 1983 at the 53rd Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St LaurenceSummary: Ideas about education and justice are commonplace. Agreement, however, on how these words are to be defined or on what these words imply is not easily reached. That is why the phrase “educating for justice” is so forbidding. It assumes so many things. Firstly that there is a common understanding of the word justice. Secondly that there is a common agreement about the notion of educating and what is meant when the word educating is brought into conjunction with the word justice. It is also unclear who are to be educated and by whom for it cannot be the case that the process of educating for justice does not raise that critical question. But the biggest assumption is that if one has a goal of achieving justice it can be successfully attained by educating people into just living and just action. It is this last assumption that is the most problematic of all.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Giving and receiving : the framework of social support for individuals and families / the fourth G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by Jean McCaughey

by McCaughey, Jean | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1984Description: 18 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper — G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust — 1984"- Front Cover Delivered on 9th of December, 1984 at 54th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St. LaurenceSummary: This paper makes use of two family research studies; one carried out at the Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in the seventies which resulted in the book Who Cores?; the other, more recently undertaken by the Institute of Family Studies on family support networks, which is nearing completion. Both studies depended on in-depth interviews in the home which explored the experience of each family, their relationships inside and outside the home, the problems they had had to face and their ways of coping with them, and the nature of help which they had given and received.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Ancient laws and modern dilemmas / the fifth G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by David Scott

by Scott, David | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1985Description: 19 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper — G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust — 1985"- Front Cover Delivered on 8th December, 1985 at the 55th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St Laurence David Scott, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence 1969-1980Summary: David Scott joined the staff of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 1954, with particular responsibility for social action activities. He was seconded to Community Aid Abroad, founded by Father Tucker as the Food for Peace Campaign, as National [Director from 1960 to 1970. In 1970 he became Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and remained in this position until retiring in 1980. The 70s were a time of considerable expansion in the influence of the Brotherhood, in the introduction of innovative projects, and the provision of support for the self-help movement. David Scott’s other appointments include President of the Australian Council of Social Service; Vice-President ofthe International Council on Social Welfare; founding publisher of Australian Society; member of the Committee of Inquiry - Victoria Police; Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne; and Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Social Welfare. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Parish piety and public pragmatism / the sixth G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Right Reverend M.B. Challen

by Challen, Michael B | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1986Description: 16 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper — G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust — 1986"- Front Cover Delivered on 7th December, 1986 at the 56th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St Laurence Summary: The focus of any oration to honour the life and ministry of Geoffrey Sambell surely must be on the theme the Gospel and Society. In this talk I Wish to, explore with you how the local Church within certain limits can assist individual Christians to participate meaningfully and hopefully „ within the frustrations and compromises of public involvement. The assumption behind this presentation is that the local Church attracts and conditions people more on the basis of the images and experiences it promotes through its structures and activities rather than by its explicit teaching.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Be it ever so humble ... there's no place like home / the seventh G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Right Reverend Peter Hollingworth

by Hollingworth, Peter, 1935- | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1987Description: 18 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper — G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust — 1987"- Front Cover Delivered on 29th November 1987 on the 57th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St Laurence .Summary: In addition to being a tribute to one who had a profound influence on the writer’s own life, this 7th G. T. Sambell Oration tries to make a modest contribution to the Church’s understanding of housing, by examining some fundamental theological and social underpinnings. During the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, the Victorian Council of Churches was funded by the Federal Government to assist the churches in-becoming more involved in seeking solutions to Australia’s housing problems. As Chairman of the National Committee of Non-Government Organisations, charged with promoting the Year, the writer has had a unique opportunity of studying and wrestling with the complex issue of national housing policy. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Leadership and vision in social action : when the dream expires, can the vision revive? / The Eighth G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Right Reverend Robert Dann

by Dann, Robert | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. G. T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1988Description: 17 p. PDF.Other title: The Sambell Memorial Oration.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper - Companions of St Laurence - 1988" - Front cover Delivered on 27 November 1988 at the 58th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.Summary: These words compress in a startling way what most have experienced: the dramatic dichotomy between vision and action. The cost in loving might ultimately stop us in our tracks, if, for no other reason we are exhausted, we have had enough. But the dream its e lf may falter and fa il. Where, then, are we to find the fresh springs of action? I am sure Dostoevsky did not discount the significance and essential value of the dreaming. Everyone committed and engaged in welfare in our society must dream, and do their dreaming well, if they are to be of use. This truth applies to the individual with a vocation to help even one person; it applies equally and with accumulated force to any welfare organisation which aspires to influence. Browning understood the priority of the dream when he wrote: "A man's vision must exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for?" Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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"Lucky St George" or "Knowing what it is" : Christianity and the current crisis / The Nineth G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by Dr Veronica Brady

by Brady, Veronica | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, vic G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1989Description: 12 p. PDF.Other title: Lucky St George or Knowing what it is : Christianity and the current crisis.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper - Companions of St Laurence - 1989" - Front cover Delivered on 3rd December, 1989 at the 59th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St LaurenceSummary: I wrote this lecture during the pilots’ strike and wrote it in Western Australia which was at that time a State of crisis as charge and counter-charge flew and every day brought some yet more extraordinary revelation of relations between Government and business. To say this, however, is not mere anecdote, a way of beginning. Rather, it is our beginning. It poses our question and defines our task. For the crisis issue is not just West Australian, it is Australian and perhaps also, more generally, Western. But our concern is at the moment with Australia. Mindful of one of Blake’s wisest sayings, “to generalise is to be an idiot”, let us focus, however, on a very specific issue: the fate of that Christian commitment to justice which was exemplified in Geoffrey Sambell whom we honour this evening.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Renewing the Commonwealth / The Tenth Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Hon Brian Howe, MP Minister for Community Services and Health and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Social Justice

by Howe, Brian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1991Description: 22 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper - Companions of St Laurence - 1990" - Front cover Delivered on the 2 December 1990 at the 60th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St LaurenceSummary: This is the 60th Anniversary of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and I am honoured to be invited to present the 10th Sambell Oration. I would like to begin by paying tribute to the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the important work those associated with it have done throughout its 60 years of existence. The Brotherhood has carried the Christian values of love and justice into the public world of social activism and social policy debates. It has dealt with the pressures of immediate need but has always recognised that poverty and disadvantage have causes which are embedded in the way our society is structured. This is evidenced by the Brotherhood’s continuing commitment to high quality research and analysis of the social and structural causes of disadvantage. In the time I have known of the Brotherhood, their research is what has had the most impact on me. When I got back from America in 1968, fired up about poverty, virtually the only published research on poverty in Australia was published by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. It was that research which drove the McMahon Government to institute the Poverty Inquiry, which for the first time documented the extent of poverty in Australia. It is very important to understand the significance of research in driving policy in this country. The Brotherhood was undertaking research at a time when few were doing it. Its link with the Melbourne University Economics Faculty nurtured social researchers and analysts who developed public policy in the Chifley Government. Governments need sophisticated arguments developed by social researchers because otherwise they are dominated by Treasury men. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
The future of work in Australia / The Eleventh Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Hon, Barry O, Jones MP National President, Australian Labor Party

by Jones, Barry O | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. The G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1992Description: 26 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper - Companions of St Laurence - 1992" - Front cover Delivered on 11 August 1992Summary: In inviting me to deliver the 1992 Oration, Bishop Michael Challen asked me to open up the theme of “The future of work” and it is proposed that the orations in 1993 and 1994 develop the same subject. My book Sleepers, Wake! (Oxford University Press 1982) was subtitled, “Technology and the Future of Work”. The subject has interested me for many years. Some of this Oration is drawn from Sleepers, Wake! and also from material I wrote for the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Long Term Strategies, Expectations of life: increasing the options for the 21st Century (AGPS 1992). Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Work : an Aboriginal perspective / The twelfth Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by Ms Lilian Holt Principal, Aboriginal Community College, Adelaide

by Holt, Lillian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1993Description: 9 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper - Companions of St Laurence - 1993" - Front cover Delivered on 10th August 1993 at the Auditorium, Clunies Ross House, Parkville Summary: My directive to speak on employment, unemployment and work from an Aboriginal perspective is somewhat daunting, in the sense that it is not a clear, clinical topic which you can deal with in isolation. Aboriginal issues; whether they be health, education or employment, are never clear cut, nor can they be dealt with in isolation. The historical legacies of the past determine the present, and we can no longer pretend that they, too, exist in isolation. The present status of Aboriginal people in whatever area is therefore about certain fundamental attitudes and actions in the arena of race relations for the past two hundred years. Those attitudes and actions are sometimes neither pretty nor palatable, and we need not dwell on them. However, neither should we deny them. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Grand beliefs - radical responses / The thirteenth Sambell Memorial Oration deliver by The Right Reverend Michael B Challen

by Challen, Michael B | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. The G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1994Description: 20 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper - Companions of St Laurence - 1994" - Front cover Delivered on 19 August 1994 at St Peter's Eastern Hill, Melbourne.Summary: Through this 13 th oration, and the third devoted to the place of employment, my purpose is to hold up some teachings of the Church and consider what practical implications they have for the Church as it engages with our contemporary society, which continues to experience various social and economic stresses. I wonder what Geoffrey would thunder forth now in response to the level of unemployment being not a mere 2 per cent (so-called frictional unemployment) but rather 10 per cent, which most economists attribute to both the outcome of the ‘normal business cycle’ and also of the basic structural changes taking place in the economies of all OECD countries, as well as some factors arising from our own situation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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What happened to compassion? / The 14th Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by Professor Stuart Macintyre, The Ernest Scott Professor of History, University of Melbourne

by Macintyre, Stuart | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1995Description: 20 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional paper - Brotherhood of St Laurence - 1995" Delivered on Thursday, 10 August 1995 at St Peter's Eastern Hill, Melbourne.Summary: Professor Stuart Macintyre presents a historical profile of Australia’s approach to unemployment and other benefits to its citizens. Should welfare be the business of the state or that of the private benefactor? Should all citizens contribute through a social insurance system or should charity provide for the poor? On what basis should unemployment benefits be granted? What values have emerged from the Australian experience and how have these changed over time? In presenting an overview of Australian attitudes and approaches to the provision of welfare needs, Professor Macintyre provides us with a greater understanding of ourselves, our culture, and our potential future direction. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Poor laws of 1834 and 1996 / The 15th Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by Hugh Stretton

by Stretton, Hugh | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1996Description: 28 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional paper Brotherhood of St Laurence 1996" - Front cover Delivered on Thursday, 12 August 1996 At State Film Theatre 1 Macarthur St, East Melbourne.Summary: The 1996 Sambell Oration was delivered by Hugh Stretton, one of the most respected Australian intellectuals of our time, who has taught history and now researches in economics at the University of Adelaide. Author of many books on the social sciences and social policy, his most recent publication is Public Goods, Public Enterprise, Public Choice (with Lionel Orchard). His practical experience includes many years as Deputy Chairman of the South Australian Housing Trust. Hugh Stretton says that. ‘It is not enough to reproach the relevant governments for their cruelty to poor people. It is at least, as important to expose the incompetence, even in their own terms, of the economic policies which cause much of the poverty with which the welfare policies have to cope’. In this analysis he shows that, in practice, ‘economic rationalist’ theories do not live up to their promise of economic growth. Instead they exacerbate the very problems they have been introduced to remedy: slow growth, mounting foreign debt and a widening gap between the rich and the poor.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Welfare after the welfare state : reimagining social Christianity / the sixteenth Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by Trevor Hogan

by Hogan, Trevor | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1997Description: 52 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional paper Brotherhood of St Laurence 1997" - Front cover Delivered on Thursday, 14 August 1997 at State Film Theatre, Macarthur St, East Melbourne.Summary: It is time. It is time to take stock.1 It is time too for those of us committed to the goals of social welfare to admit that the Australian welfare state, whether interpreted as a labourist, social Christian, social liberal, or social democratic achievement, is largely exhausted as a viable cultural and political project.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Economic efficiency and social harmony / the seventeenth Sambell memorial oration delivered by Fred Argy

by Argy, Fred | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood St Laurence 1998Description: 28 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional paper Brotherhood of St Laurence 1998" - Front cover Paper delivered on Thursday 13 August 1998 Delivered at State Film Theatre 1 Macarthur St, East MelbourneSummary: The 1998 Sambell Oration was delivered by Fred Argy, author of Australia at the Crossroads and one of Australia’s leading economists. Fred Argy is no stranger to the needs of practical decisionmaking. As a public servant he was secretary to the Campbell Inquiry into the Australian financial system; Australia’s ambassador to the OECD; director of the Economic Planning Advisory Council, and a senior Treasury adviser. Believing that economic policy should be about improving our society, Fred Argy argues that the issue for Australia is not whether we should be trying to improve economic efficiency through structural reform, but how we can do this with acceptable employment and social outcomes. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Achieving Social Goals In A Time Of Economic And Technological Change

by Holmes a Court, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy Brotherhood of St Laurence [unpub.] 1999Description: 7 p. PDF.Other title: Speech - Sambell Oration.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 18 G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration. Paper delivered by Janet Holmes a Court on Monday 9 August 1999 at Cinemedia 1 Macarthur St., East Melbourne UnpublishedAvailability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
The role of the welfare sector in advancing the position of Aboriginal people in the broader Australian community. 2000 Sambell Oration / Speech by Marjorie Thorpe Executive member Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation

by Thorpe, Marjorie | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: unpub. 2000Description: 10 leaves (photocopy).Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Paper delivered on Thursday 5 October 2000.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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`Wake up Australia' : the new world order : the human dimension / The Honourable Justice Marcus R. Einfeld

by Einfeld, Marcus R | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2001Description: 23 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: The 20th annual Sambell Oration, Wednesday 17 October 2001 at the Shell Conference Centre, Melbourne Summary: 53 years ago this December, a war-ravaged and war-weary world ushered in a new international order with what was called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was a bold and brilliant document full of words, phrases and concepts that everyone wanted to hear. It spoke of recognising the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. It observed that disregard and contempt for human rights had resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind. It called for the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief, and freedom from fear and want, as the highest aspiration of the common people. It declared as essential that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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