Sir Zelman Cowen Oration - Noel Pearson

Melbourne, Victoria

Sir Zelman Cowen Oration - Noel Pearson


The 2018 Sir Zelman Cowen Oration will be delivered by Noel Pearson, Australian lawyer, academic, land rights activist and founder of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. The topic of the Oration will be Indigenous Self Determination and the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Oration is an annual lecture celebrating the life and legacy of Sir Zelman Cowen, a distinguished scholar, educator, civic leader and – for five years – Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. It is a forum for learning and debate on matters of public interest and themes relevant to Sir Zelman’s life, including law, justice, leadership, community, education, public policy and Australian identity. The inaugural oration was delivered by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Honourable Robert French AC, in September 2015. In March 2017, the second Oration was delivered by The Hon Kim Beazley AC. The Sir Zelman Cowen Oration is supported by patron the Honourable Josh Frydenberg MP, and Lady Cowen and the Cowen family.

Noel Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula. Mr Pearson is a lawyer, and Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership. Mr Pearson also co-founded the Cape York Land Council, and helped to establish Apunipima Health Council, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships. Mr Pearson served as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Referendum Council.


General admission – $25

Students – $5

The Sir Zelman Cowen Oration is a project of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students. AUJS is the representative body of Jewish students in Australia and New Zealand – representing thousands of students on more than 25 university campuses.


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