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Order of Malta Australia

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Lecture Series: recording of Prof Haldane's lecture on 'Sex and Society"


On Thursday 17 March, Prof Haldane lectured on ‘Sex and Society’. The lecture was hosted by the Institute of Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia and supported by the Order of Malta, NSW Branch as part of their Defence of the Faith Lecture Series.

A recording of lecture is now available:


Professor Haldane presented the public lecture on the topic of Sex and Society and as a catalyst to discussion, he noted that:

‘The English poet Philip Larkin wrote “Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty- three … Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban and the Beatles’ first LP”. Fifty years on one might be surprised that while many other crazes born of that period have passed away the cultural preoccupation with sex and sexuality has increased. This lecture will review something of the cultural preoccupation with sex and consider its implications for society.’


The next lecture in the series is ‘The Challenge of Barbarianism and How to Deal with It’ – Thurs 12 May

Professor John Haldane has been appointed to a Visiting Professorship at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He holds professorships at Universities in the UK and USA, codirects the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (University of St Andrews); Research Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture, (University of Notre Dame, USA), and Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, London.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.