Richard Chapman (Chair)

Richard Chapman

I was born in Victoria and moved over to Tasmania to take up a teaching position in Launceston before moving to Devonport where I am currently the Coordinator of Religious Education and Faith Development.

My interest in social justice began through my involvement in Edmund Rice Camps in both Tasmania and Victoria. It was further heightened by my teaching of it at the schools I have worked at. I worry when we stop treating people as humans and start teaching them as commodities or as political bargaining chips. I worry when people want to make Tasmania the gambling hub of Australia and when Sri Lankans trying to escape war are forced to sit on a boat for three weeks so it looks like the government is taking a hard line. I look forward to being on the commission and continuing to learn more about social justice as well as offering what I can.

I live in Latrobe with my wife and two young children.