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The 2010 Brookes Oration, held at the Arthur Streeton Auditorium at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on 19 August, was a great success and very well attended.
The oration was delivered by the Hon. Dr Steve Bracks AC on the topic 'Migration makes Australia work'. Dr Bracks spoke about how our ageing population, growing global competition and climate change means we need more people to care for our community, maintain our standard of living and make the leap to a green economy. To this end, Dr Bracks stated that our population needs to grow, and without migration growth is simply not possible.
The oration was followed by Professor Ross Chapman, Mr CH (Roger) Brookes and the Hon. Dr Steve Bracks AC presenting medals and certificates to the 2009 Brookes Scholars, Glen Donohue and Kenneth (Ross) Carlton.
Mr Kenneth (Ross) Carlton, Mr Glen Donohue, Mr CH (Roger) Brookes, the Hon Dr Steve Bracks AC and Professor Ross Chapman.
Migration makes Australia work
Australia is at the crossroads. Our population is ageing, global competition is growing, and climate change is happening. If we want to care for our community, maintain our standard of living and make the leap to a green economy, we need more people. We need to grow. Without migration, the Australian way of life simply cannot work. Without migration, we have no future. That's why, now more than ever, we need to welcome the men and women who are not Australian by birth, but Australian by choice.
The Honourable Dr Steve Bracks AC
Dr Bracks is one of Victoria’s most successful Premiers winning three consecutive elections including record majorities in the 2002 and 2006 elections. He retired in July 2007, after almost eight years as Premier, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.
Dr Bracks now holds five major honorary positions: as an Adviser to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao; as a Director of the Bionic Ear Institute Board, Chair of the Deakin Foundation, Deakin University; Global Reconciliation, Monash University; and the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University. Dr Bracks is also Chairman of Cbus, a Director of Jardine Lloyd Thomson Australia, a Senior Adviser to National Australia Bank and KPMG, the Independent Chair for the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) and an Automotive Envoy for the Australian Government.
Dr Bracks received a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the Parliament and community of Victoria. Also in 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Deakin University and another from the University of Ballarat.