On Wednesday 17 August, we launched The Moriah Foundation Trusted Advisors Network in the presence of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Honourable Andrew Scott Bell. 50 practitioners including lawyers, accountants and financial advisors joined us for the inaugural luncheon, kindly hosted by our long-standing corporate sponsor, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
“Launching The Moriah Foundation Trusted Advisors Network is a very important step forward for our Foundation. Our community and our donors often aren’t aware enough that we need significant investment in Moriah and in our Moriah families to ensure that we continue to be both competitive and sustainable.
As trusted advisors, we welcome the opportunity to stay in touch with you about the important work of our Foundation.”
Opening words from Foundation President, Judy Lowy
Keynote address by the Chief Justice
New South Wales eighteenth Chief Justice, The Honourable Andrew Bell, delivered his keynote address on “The Importance of Institutions in our Modern Society.”
He spoke of his long-held belief that public, cultural and educational institutions play a critical role in our society and community and his admiration for those who work to maintain their health and to secure their future. The Chief Justice said, “Stable, progressive and civic institutions such as schools, which teach history, ethics and social responsibility, are more important now than ever. They have the profoundly important opportunity and responsibility of educating future generations… not just in the core curriculum, but in values of decency, empathy and compassion, civic responsibility and community.”
In discussing the significant contribution institutions make to a prosperous and harmonious society, the Chief Justice said, “At their core, institutions bring people together by a common thread of values. They act as a repository of those values and both preserve and promote them. They provide a source of societal stability and should remain dynamic and receptive to social and environmental conditions. An institutional framework allows the lessons and stories of the past to be handed on from one generation to the next and offer a sense of belonging and common mission to their members.”
Reflecting on the eroding trust in institutions, the Chief Justice noted that “although institutions should not be immune from criticism or critical review, the work of institutions and the values for which such public institutions stand should be respected and indeed celebrated, rather than corroded.”
In conversation with Justice Stephen Rothman AM
Moriah Life Patron, and Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honourable Justice Stephen Rothman AM, explored a number of topics, in conversation with the Chief Justice. They discussed the greater degree of diversity now prevalent in the courts, and its impact on the court’s integrity; the growing levels of mistrust in the United States, and the manner in which judges are appointed; the manner in which judges are appointed in Australia, and on a more personal note, how the Chief Justice copes with his extraordinary workload.