Communities in Control 2012
Community Groups at the CrossroadsConference opened 28 May 2012, Melbourne
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The Hon Joan Kirner AC
The 2012 Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration
In this keynote, the Hon Joan Kirner AC builds on last year's Social Justice Oration by former ACTU chief and international labour leader Sharan Burrow, and reflects on what she has learned over four decades of putting communities firmly in control - and where she thinks we need to go next.
Brett de Hoedt, Eyal Halamish, Cr Stephen Mayne, John Thwaites, Fran Bailey
Panel Session: Government Works - The OurSay Panel Responds
Hear what our panellists have to say on the issues you and your peers voted as most important.
Technological Stewardship: Charting your course in an increasingly digital world
The digital world is evolving at a rapid pace and is increasingly influencing our daily lives, both personally and professionally. For organisations that are trying to reach and engage with individuals and communities the swift adoption of new technologies can present challenges, but also enormous opportunities.
Generation Next: A new way forward for community leadership
Look around you - who do you see as the next crop of community leaders? Are they all that you hope for them? Can they help lead us to where we want Australia to be? Damian Ogden is working to make sure they are.
Dr James Whelan
Is Australia ready for 'Big Society'?
Former Reserve Bank Governor Bernie Fraser recently observed that Australian governments are "paving the way for an extreme ideology of small government". Conservative politicians, journalists and think tanks promote a much smaller state that plays a less active part in our lives. How would a sudden contraction of the public sector effect Australian society?