Moonee Valley Racing Club, MELBOURNE, or attend online
Why it matters
They say, “We all just want to get back to the way things were. Back when we could do things. Back when we could go out.”
What we want is for it not to have all been in vain.
All that sacrifice, all that responsibility, all that we gave up in enduring those hardships, in holding ourselves together through those deprivations, in guarding our country from inconceivable numbers of avoidable deaths – we want that to have been worthwhile.
If it was all for nothing, if we just retrace our steps to the way it was before, if we learn nothing and forget nothing and do it all over again, if we don’t use this opportunity to work out how to be better, how to love more, how to fix inequality, we will not be free. We will be locked once more into the mindless mechanisms that have twisted our lives and restricted our thinking for so long.
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink our basic assumptions and reset our goals. We can front up to inequality and injustice, climate change, and corruption, and we can say, “We beat covid. We can beat you.”
We want what the people who came through our mother’s and grandmother’s struggles wanted.
Australia and the community sector need to be restructured from the ground up, all the way to the stars.
We want a land fit for heroes to live in.
HESTA Chair, company director, former Federal Health Minister 2007-2011View biography
Feminist, former president of the NSW State Legislative CouncilView biography
Professor of Development Practice, La Trobe Institute for Human Security and Social ChangeView biography
2022 — 16 speeches
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