Below is an edited version of the speech delivered at our launch event about the Free University of Western Sydney. Our thank yous to all who have helped thus far can be found here.
We’d like to start by voicing our respect for the traditional custodians of this land, and acknowledging Elders of the past, present & future.
Hi everybody – we’re so happy you could be here tonight – we’re so happy we could be here tonight – this, the Free University of Western Sydney, is something we’ve been percolating privately in different groups for more than a year or two now. Some months ago, quite by chance, our small groups found out about each other, met up for what turned into a 6-hour long breakfast, & then, quite quickly, things started to come together & fall into place, & now here we are.