13 September 2018, Brotherhoood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
12.00 noon-1.00pm in Father Tucker’s Room
You are invited to the next Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar on Thursday 13 September from 12.00 noon-1.00pm
All are welcome to attend this seminar and there is no cost
This is the first of three seminars on actively re-examining the purpose and design for an equitable social security system. Information on further seminars is at further seminars below.
Presenter: Beth Goldblatt, University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales and the University of the Witwatersrand
“The right to social security – what it means for Australia ”
The paper explores the meaning given to the right to social security in international human rights law by bodies tasked with its interpretation. It discusses some of the key features of the right and related rights that guide its application. In particular it considers the role of equality and non-discrimination in ensuring equal enjoyment of the right. The issue of gender equality is explored including in relation to single mothers and other groups of women disproportionately represented amongst the poorest groups in society. The paper discusses how the right to social security fits within Australia’s legal framework and how various efforts have been made to challenge violations of this right in recent years. It suggests that the right be given greater attention in the context of growing inequality and poverty.
Beth Goldblatt is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney; Visiting Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales; Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. She works in the areas of feminist legal theory, equality and discrimination law, comparative constitutional law, transitional justice, disability, family law, and human rights with a focus on economic and social rights, and the right to social security in particular. She is the author of Developing the Right to Social Security – A Gender Perspective (Routledge, 2016) and co-editor of Women’s Rights to Social Security and Social Protection (Hart, 2014, with Lucie Lamarche) and Women’s Social and Economic Rights (Juta, 2011, with Kirsty McLean). Beth has worked with ACOSS, the National Council for Single Mothers and their Children, and others on submissions to Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights and to United Nations’ bodies.
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Thursday, 27 September Dr Yvette Maker, University of Melbourne
Thursday 4 October, Professor Peter Whiteford, Australian National University
There will be a seminar held jointly with the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne on 25 September. See Eventbrite for further details.
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