2013 Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture
Beyond Government: Renewing Civil Society in the 21st Century
Tim Costello AO
After the postwar social democratic consensus and the collapse of communism, neo-liberal economics swept the world. Then came Clinton, Blair, communitarianism and the Third Way.
As Australia emerges from a period of exceptionally intense political turmoil, Tim Costello will unpack the limits of government action and explore the new demands falling on civil society. Nationally and globally, civil society needs to take stock and create new and radical strategies that will help communities toward rewarding, just and sustainable ways of living together.
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most sought after voices on social justice issues, leadership and ethics, having spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.
Since 2004, as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim has also been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are placed on the national agenda.
His passion for justice and for helping to alleviate the suffering of poor communities in the developing world quickly became evident when the devastating Asian tsunami struck on Boxing Day, 2004. The leadership he showed at the time helped to inspire an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from the Australian public, with World Vision Australia raising more than $100 million for tsunami relief.
Tim currently serves as Chair of the Community Council of Australia, the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and the National Australia Bank’s Social Responsibility Advisory Council. He has also served on numerous boards and committees, including the Alcohol Education and Research Foundation, the Australian National Development Index, the Business for Millennium Development, the Australian Council for International Development and as co-chair of Make Poverty History.
Tim was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and chaired the Communities and Families stream at the Australia 2020 summit held in 2008.
Prior to joining World Vision Australia, Tim served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor. Between 1999 and 2002 he was also National President of the Baptist Union of Australia.
After ordination as a Baptist Minister in 1984, Tim established a vibrant and socially active ministry at St Kilda Baptist Church between 1986 and 1994. In 1993, was elected as Mayor of St Kilda.
Tim studied economics, law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland. He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Australian Catholic University.
In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year.
His books include Another Way to Love (co-edited with Rod Yule); Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).
Tim and his wife Merridie have three adult children, Claire, Elliot and Martin.
About The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture Series
The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2004 to honour the contribution that the late Professor Michael Whincop made to the development of legal scholarship. The lecture series aims to celebrate Michael's commitment to research excellence and innovation.
Professor Michael Whincop (1968-2003)
Professor Michael Whincop was a leading Australian and international scholar, particularly in the areas of economic analysis of law and company law. He joined the Griffith Law School in 1994 as a Lecturer and was promoted three times within only eight years, being promoted to Full Professor in 2002 at the age of 33.
Michael researched in a wide range of areas and published very extensively. He made substantial contributions to the development of the Griffith Law School, particularly in establishing its research reputation and in implementing its policies concerning excellence in teaching and learning.
Michael’s well-organised approach to teaching and his dry wit is fondly remembered by his former students.