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Oxley College Centre for Ethics

Introducing the Oxley College Centre for Ethics

Ethical inquiry has never been more pressing and important. Accelerated climate change, the rapid emergence of AI, the risk posed by nuclear weapons alongside the stalling of global democratisation and growing distrust of science – these are just some of the major global challenges facing our generation. Moreover, ethical considerations permeate every facet of our personal and professional lives, be it in the realms of business, medicine, politics, or the media. This is something increasingly recognised by universities and professional organisations – and is very much an inter-disciplinary concern.

Oxley College envisions a dynamic, inclusive, and enlightened learning community, where critical thinking and ethics form the bedrock. This vision aligns with the College’s status as a Round Square School—a global network championing ideals such as internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, leadership and service.

Oxley is committed to delivering an ambitious program of events for both our students and the local community in the Southern Highlands. These events will feature distinguished speakers and leaders from diverse fields, including philanthropy, higher education, non-governmental organisations, and industry.

We warmly invite you to join us in our inaugural year.

Dr Jeremy Hall, Head of Philosophy and Ethics

2024 Speaker Series


Life lessons learned from 30 years at the media frontline

Leigh Sales AM

One of Australia’s most loved and respected journalists, Leigh Sales will talk about what she has learned regarding human nature, life and leadership in her thirty years at the frontline of journalism.  From ordinary people in extraordinary situations to the world-famous celebrities Leigh has met, her reflections on resilience, self-doubt and transformation will spellbind and entertain any audience.

Leigh Sales is a multi-award-winning author and journalist at the ABC and anchors the much-loved Australian Story program. Before that, she presented the network’s prime-time current affairs program, 7.30, for 12 years. She has been the face of the ABC’s major events coverage, including federal election and budget nights. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister and innumerable world leaders and celebrities from Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair to Paul McCartney and Elton John.

Leigh is the author of five books, including the national bestseller Any Ordinary Day, Well Hello, and her latest Storytellers – a fascinating insight into the vital and much-misunderstood profession of Journalism. She also co-hosts a wildly popular podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3.

Leigh has held numerous roles at the ABC, including as Washington Correspondent, and is a three-time winner of Australia’s highest journalist prize, the Walkley Award. In 2018, she was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to Journalism. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations and was awarded Deakin University’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Leigh’s books and personally meet her for a signed copy. Our sincere appreciation to The Bookshop Bowral for their support.

WHEN: Thursday 1 August, 6.30pm
WHERE: Oxley College, Burradoo

COST: $15 (free admission for students)