Nov 21, 2018

Media Release – Gareth Evans to Deliver 2018 Tom Uren Memorial Lecture – Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans will deliver the annual Tom Uren AC Lecture next month to commemorate the life of the former Australian politician, prisoner of war and peace activist.

Mr Uren, who served as a minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments, and as Deputy Labor Leader, died on Australia Day, 2015, after an extraordinary life of progressive activism.

The annual Tom Uren AC Memorial Lecture was established by Labor Party branches in my electorate of Grayndler to build upon Tom’s intellectual legacy and lifelong commitment to peace and justice.

This year’s address will take place at 2pm on Sunday, December 2, at the Petersham Town Hall. The date is also the 46th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam Labor Government.

As one of Labor’s most distinguished former foreign ministers, Professor Evans is the perfect choice to deliver this year’s Tom Uren Lecture.

Professor Evans, who is Chancellor of the Australian National University, has a long and proud record of promoting peace, disarmament and justice, both in Government and as an individual.

His topic will be: Australia in the World: It’s Time to Punch Our Weight.

Last year’s inaugural Tom Uren AC Lecture was delivered by the Nobel laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, Jose Ramos-Horta.

Having someone with Professor Evans’ experience and gravitas as this year’s speaker will cement the Uren Lecture as a significant annual contribution to the Australian political and intellectual calendar.