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Jesuit lenten Seminars 2005: "Honesty Matters"


Have truth and honesty become disposable commodities in our poll-driven and spin-ridden society? Do we shy away from honesty when it discomforts and disturbs us? If so what consequences might that have for our future? The 2005 Jesuit Lenten Seminars bring together a number of people prominent in public life to talk about this fundamental quality.

 Honesty Matters book (ISBN 0-646-45413-7) now available

Contributors are Morag Fraser, John Schumann, GJ O’Kelly, Julian Burnside, William Maley, John Eddy, John O’Neill, Michael Kelly, Robert Fitzgerald and Drasko Dizdar with a foreword by Patty Fawkner. Honesty Matters will be launched in Sydney by Sir Gerard Brennan, the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 3 December 2005.


  Honesty Matters on ABC Radio National's Encounter - Listen to the program online (broadcast on 15/5/2005) Source: ABC Encounter


Truth, politics and the Fourth Estate
Morag Fraser, February 2005

You can't handle the truth!
John Schumann, Adelaide, 22/2/05

If honesty doesn’t matter, then what does?
Robert Fitzgerald, Sydney, 2/3/05

Honesty matters
Julian Burnside Melbourne, 23/2/05

Some Reflections on Honesty in Politics
William Maley, Canberra, 28/2/05

Honesty matters
Drasko Dizdar Brisbane, 7/3/05


Report on Honesty matters
Report by Suganthi Singarayar of last month's Jesuit Lenten Seminars

Democracy demands honesty: Julian Burnside, 24/2/05

Handling the Truth: OnlineCatholics, 23/2/05

Audience told truth can be a challenge for those in public life: Edmund Rice Online, 23/2/05

Media releases

Pre-publicity media release 8/2/05

Photos for media

Uniya logo
Robert Fitzgerald
Patty Fawkner


National schedule

The national schedule was as follows:

Adelaide Tuesday 22 February
St Ignatius' Parish, Norwood
Morag Fraser AM, John Schumann, Greg O'Kelly SJ AM

Melbourne Wednesday 23 February
Xavier College, Barkers Road, Kew
Morag Fraser AM, Julian Burnside QC, Peter Norden SJ

Canberra Monday 28 February
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton
Morag Fraser AM, William Maley AM, John Eddy SJ

Western Sydney Tuesday 1 March
Performing Arts Centre, Loyola Senior High School
91 North Pde, Mt Druitt
Morag Fraser AM, John OíNeill AO, Michael Kelly SJ

Sydney Wednesday 2 March
La Valla Hall, Marist College, 270 Miller Street, North Sydney
Morag Fraser AM, Robert Fitzgerald AM, Michael Kelly SJ

Brisbane Monday 7 March
Christian Brothers College, Gregory Terrace
Morag Fraser AM, Drasko Dizdar, Peter Quin SJ

Wollongong Thursday 10 March
Edmund Rice College Hall, 112 Mt Keira Rd, Wollongong
Geraldine Doogue AO, Robert Fitzgerald AM, John Eddy SJ


Julian Burnside QC
Queen's Counsel, refugee rights advocate and author

Drasko Dizdar
PhD in hermeneutics/theology, ACU academic

Geraldine Doogue AO
Multi-award winning journalist and broadcaster

Robert Fitzgerald AM
Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Morag Fraser AM
Academic, journalist & former editor of Eureka Street

William Maley AM
Director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

John O’Neill AO
Chief Executive Australian Soccer Association

John Schumann
Media director, former political adviser and former lead singer of 'Redgum'

The Jesuit Lenten Seminars
Since they began in 1999, the Jesuit Seminars have concentrated their attention on current social justice issues, discussing matters to do with social conscience, morality and public policy. Recent series have focussed on Australia's asylum policy, Muslim-Christian relations, and human rights in an 'age of terror'.

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