A former Governor of Western Australia and Chief of Army, Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC, will deliver the annual Shann Memorial Lecture at The University of Western Australia on Tuesday, August 19.
As Special Advisor to the State Government on Indigenous Affairs, he will speak about the circumstances of Indigenous people in WA, analyse impediments to Indigenous development and propose structural and policy changes needed to bring about improvements.
The lecture series began in 1960 to honour Professor Edward Shann, an academic pioneer in economics in Australia in the 1930s who was the first Chair of Economics at UWA.
The lectures hold a key place in the University calendar as a result of the calibre of the speakers which the series has attracted and also because of the contribution of Professor Shann.
The lectures have been delivered by many prominent economists on topics ranging from industry protection and economic development, to industrial relations, taxation, economic performance and the property market. Speakers include ‘Nugget' Coombs, Sir John Hicks, Ian Macfarlane, Allan Fels, Don Stammer, John Stone and Warwick McKibbin.
Lt Gen Sanderson, who as commander of the 17 Construction Squadron was posted to Vietnam in 1970, was also military commander of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia in the 1990s. He is the author of several recent reports on Indigenous affairs.
The lecture, at 6.30pm at The University Club Theatre Auditorium, is free and open to the public.
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716