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Peter Gordon: A level playing field? Ethics and power in sport.

Peter Gordon, President and Chairman of the Western Bulldogs AFL club will deliver the first Victoria University Chancellor's lecture for 2013, next Tuesday, 16 April.

Peter will discuss: A level playing field? Ethics and power in sport.

Victoria University, Chancellor, Mr George Pappas, will host this biannual event.

For well over a century the sports industry has recognised the value of a level playing field and the principle of equalisation has a strong historic and intellectual base.

But what are the mechanics of competitive balance in professional, modern day sport? How do we ensure checks and balances in the system remove unfair advantage through illegal or banned substances?

Are you only as strong as your weakest link? Is it still possible to be valued, revered, applauded and admired for all the right reasons? Is natural human capacity still the measure, or has the game changed?

Peter Gordon is internationally renowned for his work on numerous landmark cases, conducting the first successful asbestos related cancer claim in Australia in 1984. He was a successful lawyer at Slater & Gordon for 30 years, and since leaving Slater & Gordon has commenced class actions around the world for thalidomide survivors. He has also served on the Boards of a number of not-for-profits including VicHealth, and the Australian Community Centre for Diabetes.

The lecture is on Tuesday 16 April, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start, Lecture Theatre 11.01, Level 11, Flinders Street Campus, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne.

Media are welcome to attend

Media contact:

Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University,

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

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