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#FaithGov 2017 conference

One week before the release of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse report to government... The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre organised a landmark conference.

Faith Based Governance and Dispute Resolution Conference 5–6 December 2017.

  • 80 Speakers
  • 340 Participants
  • 17 Faith Groups

Opened by The Hon. Robin Scott MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Keynote speakers...

  • The Hon. Justice Jennifer Coate. Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • The Hon. Marcia Neave AO, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Family Violence (Vic)
  • Rabbi Professor Daniel Sinclair, Fordham Law School

Rev'd Ian Smith - Executive Officer, Vic Council of Churches

"Within Victoria we recognise something like 240 nationalities. We speak about 160 languages. We have somewhere around 105 faith communities.Lots of us meet together, lots of us do functions but sometimes this ability to sit back and listen and have longer conversations is a real gift."

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  • Dr Susan Carland. Academic, author and social commentator
  • Helen Kapalos. Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission

Ahmet Keskin – Executive Director, Aust. Multicultural Society

"We do talk about some faith-based organisations having, I guess the moral authority being a religious figurehead but also having individuals who are aware of the secular requirements. I think that one sort of hit home, making sure that we do have a structure in place which does ensure that we're accountable and that we're responsible to the secular environment that we practice in."

Zu Juri – CEO, Glocal Villager Inc.

"It is fantastic, it's intensive. At the same time it encapsulates the soul and the spirit of what we've been talking about. How can we join secular law and also religious or faith-based together. And that's a challenge."

Prof Lisa Webley – Prof. of the Legal Profession, Birmingham University UK

"I've thoroughly enjoyed the conference. It's been a really interesting mix of people from different backgrounds with very different faith perspectives who've come together in a way which is open and in the spirit of learning and optimism, I think."

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Sponsored by: Ansvar Insurance, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy, Islamic Council of Victoria, The Eva and Les Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Foundation, Victorian Council of Churches, Victoria Law Foundation, Victoria State Government, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Justice Connect, Our Community.

Thanks to all those who attended #Faithgov17

Produced by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University.