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Symposium on work and human values

About sixty people from various professions took part in a symposium organized by Warrane College, in Sydney, to commemorate the centennial of the birth of the founder of Opus Dei. The symposium, held on August 24 in the Science Conference Center at the University of New South Wales, was entitled “Work and Human Values.”

Co-chairmen were Dr. Jess Estanislao, former Secretary of Finance in the Philippine Government, who presently heads the Philippines President’s Governance Advisory Council, and Dr. Carlos Cavallé, professor and former president of the IESE Graduate School of Business in Barcelona

Among the participants were the Federal Minister of Employment and Workplace Relations, Tony Abbott; the Australian National Secretary of the Allied Employees' Association, Joe de Bruyn; and the Chancellor of Bond University (Gold Coast), Imelda Roche. Also participating were Dr. Jessica Milner Davis, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales; Angela Shannahan, a journalist with The Australian; and Judge Ron Purvis, Vice-president of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal,.

Dr. Estanislao urged participants to further the just treatment of employees in the workplace. He stressed that the founder of Opus Dei encouraged all men and women to seek Christian perfection in their work, and to find in social relationships the basis for solving the problems that arise in the workplace.

Dr. Cavallé spoke on “Business and the Common Good.” He stressed the importance of carrying out one’s work with professional competence and an attitude of service.

Romana, No. 35, July-December 2002, p. 346-347.