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The Inaugural Laki Jayasuriya Oration

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Democracy, Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Can there be consensus?

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Emeritus Professor Laksiri (Laki) Jayasuriya (1931-2018) was an intellectual, policy and campaigning pioneer. Having first arrived at The University of Sydney in the 1950s, he had an extraordinary career in academia, working at the interface of government and community organisations. As the first Asian professor at The University of Western Australia, he founded the UWA Department of Social Work and Social Policy, and made significant contributions to the development of social policy. Upon his appointment by Whitlam Government to the Immigration Advisory Council in 1973, he was amongst the key architects of Australia’s Multicultural policy. A staunch supporter of positive engagement with Asia and the Indian Ocean region, Laki challenged historic assumptions about the country’s European identity.

In honour of his life and rich legacy, the UWA Public Policy Institute invites you to attend the inaugural Laki Jayasuriya Oration, delivered by the Honourable Geoff Gallop, AC who will be speaking on democracy, human rights and multiculturalism.

The UWA Public Policy Institute is pleased to bring you this event in collaboration with the Ethnic Communities Council of WA, the Multicultural Services Centre WA, the WA branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the UWA Department of Social Work and Social Policy for the inaugural Jayasuriya Oration.

Keynote Speaker | The Honourable Geoff Gallop AC

Professor Geoff Gallop was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 2006 and the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006.

He was a Minister in the Lawrence Labor Government from 1990 to 1993 (holding a range of portfolios most notably Education, Fuel and Energy and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) and when that Government was defeated in 1993 he took up a range of Shadow Ministerial appointments. In 1994 he was elected Deputy Leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party and in 1996 he was elected Leader.

As Premier, he oversaw a range of political and social reforms (electoral reform, gay and lesbian equality and a State Administrative Tribunal), upgraded the State’s industrial and labour laws, brought a spirit of reconciliation to the resolution of Native Title and developed partnership models for the State’s indigenous communities, changed the law to require all 16 and 17 year olds to be in education or training, was the first Premier to commit his government to a major desalination plant, stopped the logging of all of the State’s Old Growth Forests creating record numbers of new national parks, restructured the State’s electricity and racing industries, and started construction of the Perth to Mandurah Railway and City Tunnel.

As Minister for Science he established the Science Council, committed significant funding to Research and Development in the State, and established the Premier’s Research Fellowship Program to attract leading researchers from overseas and interstate.

Geoff has been involved in a range of educational, community and sporting associations over many years and from 1983 to 1986 he was a Councillor at the City of Fremantle.

In 2001 he was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal and was honoured with Life Membership of the Association for the Blind (Western Australia).

In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In April 2006 he was admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Murdoch University and in March 2012 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Western Australia.

In 2008 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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