Ethical failures – Banks, Bushfires and Billionaires

Wednesday 11 March 2020, 6.00-7.30pm
Souths Leagues Club, 46 Llewellyn Street Merewether NSW 2291
Open to the general public. Members – entry is free; Non-members – Admission $10

Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre

There was nothing inevitable about the bushfires that ravaged Australia this last, searing summer. There’s nothing inevitable about a bank charging fees to the dead; nor in the rich and powerful corrupting democracy. It is always a matter of choice. Yet, one thing is inevitable … that ordinary people disproportionately bear the burden of ethical failure. So, what is to be done? Join the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, Dr Simon Longstaff, as he explores how we might repair the damaged and broken ethical infrastructure on which society ultimately depends for its heath, happiness and prosperity.

Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is proud of his kinship ties to the Anindilyakwa people. After a period studying law in Sydney and teaching in Tasmania, he pursued postgraduate studies as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1991, Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. In 2013, he was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.” Simon is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Risk Policy Institute. He serves on a number of Boards and Committees and as Independent Integrity Adviser to the Australian Taxation Office.

The event will commence at 6pm and conclude at 7.30pm. Everybody is welcome and members have complimentary rights to attend. For other attendees, bookings can be made online or we request a $10 donation at the door to assist us with our ongoing costs of presenting events.



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