2015 / Simon Longstaff

  THE Ethics Centre's Simon Longstaff this morning delivered to a packed 450-plus audience in the north eastern Victorian town of Beechworth a provocative and powerful 2015 Kerferd Oration about Australia's 'invisible people'. Dr Longstaff drew on the 'fireside chat' broadcasts made by Australian politician and later statesman Robert Menzies in the midst of World War II to argue for … Continue reading 2015 / Simon Longstaff

Kerferd Oration 2015 honours ‘the champion of Beechworth’

AUSTRALIAN ethicist Simon Longstaff on Sunday will seek to extend the legacy of a colonial-era businessman known as “the champion of Beechworth” when he delivers the annual Kerferd Oration and challenges the Indigo community to recognise its “invisible people”. The oration – now in its thirteenth year – is named for George Briscoe Kerferd (1831-1889), … Continue reading Kerferd Oration 2015 honours ‘the champion of Beechworth’

Ethical question # 8: building community

'If you could choose one thing to make this community better what would it be?' BEECHWORTH Community Support co-ordinator and Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre kitchen co-ordinator Trish Mom (pictured) has answered the eighth – and final – Kerferd Oration lead-in question before Sunday’s 2015 presentation in Beechworth. ‘If you could choose one thing to make this … Continue reading Ethical question # 8: building community

Ethical question # 7: tucking into food

'How much do you know about where your food comes from?' BEECHWORTH livestock production consultant Kristy Howard (pictured) has tackled the Kerferd Oration committee’s seventh lead-in question – ‘How much do you know about where your food comes from?” – for the 2015 oration in Beechworth on July 19. “It’s an interesting question because there are … Continue reading Ethical question # 7: tucking into food

Ethical question # 6: assessing a ‘fair go’

'What does a 'fair go' mean for you?' THE sixth of the Kerferd Oration committee’s eight questions to encourage Indigo citizens and communities to think about ethics in the lead-in to the July 19 oration in Beechworth goes to the heart of an Australian idiom – a ‘fair go’. Malian-born professional painter Diallo (pictured) had … Continue reading Ethical question # 6: assessing a ‘fair go’