2022 Tim Fischer Oration


Tim Fischer Oration on Ethics in Public & Political Life

Speaker: Professor Helen Alvare, Levy Endowed Chair in Law and Liberty at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Q&A: Chris Uhlmann, Political Journalist and TV Presenter

Our nation’s founders set out to establish a free, flourishing country.

Australians were to experience freedom in private and public life, in social and religious matters, and in the economic and political realms.

The aim was – and is – an egalitarian and just society.

The Tim Fischer Oration 2024 is an opportunity to give thanks for what we have received.

It calls forth young people to protect and promote the common good through ethical attitudes and actions in public and political life.


Professor Helen Alvaré

Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is a faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.

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