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Philip Ruddock to focus on international human rights at Gordon Moyes Memorial Lecture

10 October 2017 Media releases

International human rights will be the focus of the second Gordon Moyes Memorial Lecture when former Federal Minister the Hon Philip Ruddock delivers in what is expected to be a thought provoking address at the Wesley Centre, Sydney on 13 November.

Mr Ruddock, who was Australia’s longest serving Member of Parliament, was appointed the Special Envoy for Human Rights in February 2016. He has since represented Australia abroad for the promotion and protections of Human Rights. He will be reflecting on his experience advocating Australia’s election to the UN Human Rights Council, and the importance of upholding Christian values in the world community.

Mr Ruddock served as an MP and later as Minister for Immigration, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and Attorney Gordon Moyes Memorial LectureGeneral during the Coalition Government from 1996-2007. As the Commonwealth Parliament’s longest serving member he was known as the ‘Father of the House’ – a tenure which began when he won the seat of Parramatta in 1974.  He was recently elected Mayor of Hornsby Council.

The Rev Dr Gordon Moyes, AC was one of Australia’s most respected Christian leaders. He was the Superintendent of Wesley Mission for 27 years, and was known for his innovative approach to Christian ministry in both Word and deed in Australia and the world.

As part of the significance of Gordon’s ministry and leadership, Wesley Mission inaugurated the memorial lecture in 2015 to engage with and celebrate those matters and topics which were close to Gordon’s heart.

“Gordon was a strong advocate in the public space bringing a Christian voice to the issues impacting those on the margins of society,” Wesley Mission CEO and Superintendent the Rev Keith Garner said.

“Philip Ruddock has been a strong supporter of human rights on the international stage and has brought a sound and wise voice to issues impacting this area. We are delighted that he has chosen to deliver the lecture.”

The event will draw together members of the not-for-profit sector, wider community, Wesley Mission congregation members and Wesley Mission staff to acknowledge Gordon’s remarkable legacy.

Admission is free.

To RSVP to the Gordon Moyes Memorial Lecture contact email [email protected].

Event details

Date: Monday, 13 November 2017
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Wesley Lyceum, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

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