Dealing with Displacement: Global Reality, Australian Opportunity

tim costello

2017 ARA Oration

Delivered by
The Reverend
Tim Costello AO


Friday 23 June 2017

7.00 - 8.30pm

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA City West campus

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The 2017 Australian Refugee Association (ARA) Oration, delivered by The Reverend Tim Costello AO. Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and ARA.

For a nation largely built on migration, Australia has a surprisingly complex and ambivalent attitude to migration in general and refugees in particular.  Yet migration is a long-established, rational and successful way to help deal with challenges facing individuals, particular countries and the global community.  Tim Costello will look at Australia's opportunities and responsibilities, focusing on the global reality of 65 million displaced people. 

The Reverend Tim Costello AO

The Reverend Tim Costello AO is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.  For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda.

In his current role as Chief Advocate for World Vision, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change. In addition Tim is Chair of the Community Council of Australia, and is a member of the following: the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum; Australian National Development Index; Concern Australia Advisory Group and the Campaign for Australian Aid.

Tim is a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling. In earlier roles Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed. In these roles he spearheaded public debate on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Initially Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland.  He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity.  In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures. His books include Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Another Way to Love (co-edited with Rod Yule); Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Australian Refugee Association

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