Webber Lecture 2012: Reverend Tim Costello
We were delighted to welcome Reverend Tim Costello as our guest speaker at this year’s Webber Lecture in May. The annual lecture is a free public event, with the speaker exploring ethics-based topics. As CEO of World Vision Australia, Tim’s view on issues of ethics and social justice is frequently sought by the media. He has been a central figure in debates concerning gambling, urban poverty, substance abuse and reconciliation and has been instrumental in major overseas relief efforts such as the devastating 2004 Tsunami that struck Asia.
The audience of students, staff, special guests, parents and many members of our wider community was captivated as Tim explained the ethics “framework” and in doing so invited self-reflection on the ethics of hunger and ideals of altruism. Core to Tim’s message was the questioning of the level of generosity of our government in comparison to our relative wealth. He then went on to expand on the concepts of compassion and justice and relate these to our modern world. The atmosphere of self-reflection was almost palpable as audience members silently questioned our own generosity and whether each of us could do more.
“So from the viewpoint of justice, it seems we have two challenges: One, to work out what is a fair share of the world’s resources for everyone to have, and work out how to ensure that they get it. This is paying attention to the symptoms. And to overcome scarcity itself – which is the actual cause of the problem.” Reverend Tim Costello, The Hutchins School Webber Lecture 2012