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’

Ethical question # 5: health test

'How do you take responsibility for your health?' THE fifth 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 this week explores attitudes to health. The 2015 oration is to be delivered by Sydney ethicist Simon Longstaff. … Continue reading Ethical question # 5: health test

Ethical question # 4: water’s challenge

'What is the right use of water in a drying climate?' THE Kerferd Oration committee has released the fourth of eight questions being asked of Indigo citizens and communities to stimulate thinking about ethics in the lead-up to this year’s oration by ethicist Simon Longstaff in Beechworth on July 19. Charles Sturt University’s Rik Thwaites … Continue reading Ethical question # 4: water’s challenge

Ethical question # 3: knowing your neighbours

'How do you get to know your neighbours near and far?' THE Kerferd Oration committee has released the third of eight questions being asked of Indigo citizens and communities to stimulate thinking about ethics in the lead-up to this year’s oration by ethicist Simon Longstaff in Beechworth on July 19. Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre manager Jude … Continue reading Ethical question # 3: knowing your neighbours

Ethical question # 2: comprehending difference

'How do you open your mind to other points of view?' THE Kerferd Oration committee this week released the second of eight questions being asked of Indigo citizens and communities to stimulate thinking about ethics in the lead-up to this year’s oration in Beechworth on July 19. Beechworth Secondary College school captain Jamie O’Callaghan (pictured) … Continue reading Ethical question # 2: comprehending difference

Ethical question # 1: extending a hand

'How do you decide when to help people in need?' INDIGO communities - including citizens of Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen, Stanley, Yackandandah and hamlets - are being encouraged to explore questions of ethics with this week’s release of the first challenge that leads into the Kerferd Oration in Beechworth on July 19. The oration committee usually hosts … Continue reading Ethical question # 1: extending a hand

2015 / Dr Simon Longstaff AO

Kerferd Orator questions indifference and invisibility 7 May 2015 IF you saw something being done that was wrong, would you speak up or just mind your own business? Would you tell a friend the truth, even if you knew it would hurt them? How do you arrive at your decision? These questions are all about … Continue reading 2015 / Dr Simon Longstaff AO