Noel Pearson's 'radical centre' path to social justice

Tony Farley, Noel Pearson and Bishop Manning

In the third Bishop Kevin Manning Lecture hosted by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations last month, indigenous advocate Noel Pearson set out to challenge received notions about welfare and Aboriginal advancement.

Lawyer Noel Pearson is the Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and one of Australia's most formidable Aboriginal activists. 

In this video from the CCER, he opens with a reflection on Mabo, and goes on to discuss the post-Whitlam project for equality. Pearson invites listeners to cast aside pre-conceived ideological assumptions and seek out the best of Left and Right. He explains his notion of the "radical centre" and warns Middle Australia to stop trying to be ”saviours for the poor rather than compatriots in the battle for development.

The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations works with Catholic organisations to provide strategic employment relations advice and training. CCER hosts a series of events throughout the year to for clients and guests from across education, social services, health, aged care as well as Dioceses, Congregations and other church works.

The Bishop Kevin Manning Lecture is a biennial event which focuses on principles for the common good. Bishop Manning attended the lecture held in honour of his work in the development of Catholic workplaces as places of justice and human dignity.

To read more about this event at the CCER website, CLICK HERE.

PHOTO: Noel Pearson (centre) with CCER exectuive director, Tony Farley (left), and Bishop Kevin Manning

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