Hugh Stretton Oration

Hugh Stretton's passionate concerns were about fairness and equity. This plays out in population change and ageing. Like most of the developed world Australia has an ageing population. The Minister will examine the impact of the increase in Australians’ life expectancy over time and the achievement’s resultant touchpoints across policy and politics.

Mark Butler

The Orator: The Hon Mark Butler MP

Mark Butler graduated from the University of Adelaide with degrees in Law and Arts. He also has an MA in International Relations. He has been a Labor Member of Federal Parliament since 2007 and is the Minister for Health and Aged Care.

Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment.

He has long been a champion for society’s most vulnerable, and was a member of the South Australian Social Inclusion Board during its major review of the South Australian mental health system.

Mark is the author of Advanced Australia – The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015; and Climate Wars, published in 2017.

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