The Great Respect Debate - Friday 8 October - It's On For Young And Old

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For immediate release Monday 4 October 2010

Are older people a burden on society and

undeserving of respect?

Find out what YOUNG and SENIOR Victorians think at a major

2010 Victorian Seniors Festival event this Friday 8 October: 



Debate topic: 

Seniors must earn respect’


Friday 8 October, 10.00am – 11.30am (debating starts at 10.30am)


Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne


Master of Ceremonies: Pete Smith, Channel Nine personality

Adjudicator: Bernard Salt, bestselling author, social commentator and columnist

Senior Victorian debaters for the AFFIRMATIVE


Dr Peter Hollingworth, former Governor General of Australia


Mary Barry, CEO, Victorian State Emergency Service


John Michael-Howson, 3AW personality and entertainer

Young Victorian debaters for the NEGATIVE


Beatrice Paull, year 11 student from Lowther Hall Grammar


Wesa Chau, Victoria's Young Australian of the Year 2010


Bryce Ives, Young Citizen of the Year Ballarat 2002 and Producer of ABC’s Heywire

Join us as senior Victorians go head-to-head with young Victorians to debate the topic

'Seniors must earn respect.'

The Great Respect Debate follows a Deakin University and Benetas research paper launched in

March 2010 called Respect in an ageing society. It was the first study in Australia to investigate the

attitudes of society towards older people and what respect for older Australians means. 

The research highlighted a vast difference of opinion between older and younger generations about the

value of older people in society today. Younger people told researchers that they think older people

need to earn respect and that they shouldn’t just receive respect automatically. Benetas and the Lord

Mayor's Charitable Foundation joined forces to bring the different generations together to debate this

topic at the Seniors Festival – that is, whether 'Seniors must earn respect.'  It’s on for young AND old!

Media contact: Lisa Cowell on 0400 224 852 or Michelle Low on 0417 536 662

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