Courageous, ceaseless, clever, compassionate - over many years, and in many theatres, The Hon. Joan Kirner AC fought for community, equality and social justice.
Joan was perhaps best known for her work as the front-woman for the grassroots campaign for educational reform in Victoria in the 1970s, and later as that state's first female Premier. She was also prominent in the nation-changing struggles for social inclusion, women's equality, environmental protection, and community-driven community development.
Having played an integral role in the development of the social fabric of Australia, Joan remained to her final days an enduring community activist and champion for the forgotten and the downtrodden.
The Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration was first delivered in 2011 and continues today.
Every year at the Communities in Control conference, a different community leader is invited to speak at length on a topic which is important to Australian society. Each speaker brings their unique perspective and passion.
Please enjoy the following Joan Kirner Social Justice Orations, each a highlight of the Communities in Control conference at which it was delivered.