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Geoffrey Cousins on Moral Courage


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Is what’s legal always ethical, or does it sometimes take moral courage to stand up against authority? How important a quality is a strong ethical framework in a good leader? These are some of the questions considered by businessman Geoffrey Cousins in the second annual Vincent Fairfax Oration, organised by the St James Ethics Centre.

Geoffrey Cousins is a businessman and community leader. In his diverse career he has been the CEO of advertising agency George Patterson and Optus, served on the boards of Telstra and PBL, as well as founding chair of the Starlight Foundation and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He was also heavily involved in opposing the Gunns Pulp Mill in Tamar Valley, Tasmania. In 2007 he published a novel entitled “The Butcher Bird.”

Source: ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv/fora/stories/2009/08/21/2662887.htm

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