Good Sam leader to speak on violence at “RightsTalk”

Human Rights Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs with Sister Clare Condon Photo: Matthew Syres

Professor Gillian Triggs, (President, Human Rights Commission) with Sister Clare Condon SGS
Photo: Matthew Syres

Sanctioned violence: what does it do to our society and relationships? That’s the title of an address Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters, will deliver in Sydney next month.

Clare’s address is part of “RightsTalk”, a series of public discussions on topical human rights issues hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Previous guest speakers in 2014 have included Juliana Nkrumah AM, Mabel Mali Isoli, the Hon Fred Chaney AO, Professor David Kinley, Tarik Abdulhak and the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.

In her address, Clare will reflect on what underlies violence in human relationships and our interactions with one another.

“Here in Sydney, each morning, the media reports on the preceding night’s acts of violence and as a society we rightly deplore such criminal acts. Yet, some violence is sanctioned – on sports arenas, in films, electronic games and in the home,” said Clare.

“Violence is not only physical it can also be emotional and psychological. It erodes the fabric of a civilised society and our human interactions.”

In December last year, Clare was awarded the 2013 Human Rights Medal. She is an educator, advocate and administrator with a strong focus on the needs of those most disadvantaged in society and on the Catholic Church’s social justice mission.

Clare has been a member of the Good Samaritan Sisters for over 40 years and its leader since 2005. From 2008 until 2010 she was the elected President of Catholic Religious Australia, the peak body for more than 180 religious congregations of sisters, brothers and priests in Australia. Prior to her election as leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters in 2005, Clare was Chancellor for Stewardship of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

“RightsTalk” is free and open to the general public, but spaces are limited to 100. If you’d like to attend, please register online.


Presenter: Sister Clare Condon SGS
Topic: “Sanctioned violence: what does it do to our society and relationships?”
Date: Wednesday August 13, 2014
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney


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2 Responses to “Good Sam leader to speak on violence at “RightsTalk””

  1. Penny Carroll says:

    Sr Clare.. This is indeed topical and urgent for all levels of the Australian society. It seems to me that the
    ” sanctioned violence” of governments against the most vulnerable witnessed in the violence towards the Aboriginal people of this land in from our early history to those who seek refuge from terror on their own lands, send a subtle message that violence is OK if….. Thanks Sr Clare, I am sure it will be powerful and insightful. I look forward to reading the transcript of your presentation.

  2. shirley Owen says:

    Dear Sister Clare, how topical your address is. It echoes an article written by Hannah Piterman (Monash University) titled “The Banality of Evil, Violence Against Women” which appeared in last weeks’ “The Conversation”. It is worth reading and can be accessed online. We need more voices raising this issue of “sanctioned violence” in the public arena and giving it saturation media coverage will awaken the public to this very real issue within the global community.

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