Past Seminars


Seminar 1: Human Trafficking in the Modern World – Parliamentary Theatre

Human trafficking is about buying and selling people for exploitative labour or sexual slavery. It is the world’s third largest transnational organised crime. What is the role of people of faith in ending this unfair trade?

A panel discussion moderated by Paul Bongiorno, Network Ten’s Parliament House Bureau Chief in Canberra

The Panel consisted of

Lulu Mitshabu, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and migrated to Australia in June 1991. She holds a Masters degree in International Development and Community Development. She joined Caritas Australia in April 2000 and subsequently became Programs Officer for Caritas’ Africa and Latin America

Steve Cooke – a Melbourne-based advocate for global justice and works in World Vision Australia‘s Advocacy team. Steve has extensive experience campaigning for human rights – particularly in faith based communities. He has actively campaigned on many issues facing developing countries, but through his research, writing, speaking engagements and exposure to the issue first-hand, he has a special interest in ending human trafficking and labour exploitation.

Mary Hawkins President of IWDA. The IWDA works in partnership with women focused and women led groups and through advocacy to create empowering and transformative change for women in the Asia-Pacific.

Marc Purcell, Executive Officer Australian Council for International Development . Before joining ACIFD, Marc held the role of Advocacy Manager with Oxfam Australia from 2004.  He was previously the Executive Officer with the Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace and worked on refugee detention reform and building social movements.  He worked as Country Program Manager for Africa for Australian Volunteers International covering 13 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, including responsibility for HIV and AIDS peer education programs in Southern Africa.  Marc has also worked for UNHCR in Nepal and researched China’s global rise and impacts on developing countries for Oxfam Hong Kong.

Seminar  2. Christianity and Climate Change under the title of A moral universe? How far does morality stretch?

Speakers:  Dr John Williams (Scientist, Wentworth Group of Scientists; Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University) (Science)

Bishop George Browning (Chair, Anglican Communion Network on Climate Change) (Theology)