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Luke Ablett

Personal Development, Social Issues

Luke is a former AFL player. He played 133 games with the Sydney Swans including the 2005 Premiership. Since retiring from the game, he has completed a Bachelor of Arts at RMIT and has spent a year volunteering in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. Luke is passionate about promoting gender equity and preventing men’s violence, and has extensive experience delivering education and capacity building programs on these topics to a range of different groups.

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in Warragul, Victoria.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Most of my work focuses on gender issues as they relate to men. I promote gender equity and a broader idea of what it means to be a man.

What have been the highlights of your career?

My proudest moment to date was designing, implementing and evaluating one of the first violence against women prevention programs that works with men in Vanuatu. This is a very widespread but sensitive issue in Vanuatu and I was able to implement this program without any major problems.

What are you passionate about?

I believe in a more equal society, particularly among men and women. I find men’s violence against women particularly disturbing, but think we should shift the conversation from what women should do to stay safe, to men, and what they should do to not be violent.

I also believe strongly in sport’s role to affect social change, but also in individuals to make change in their own social groups.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have recently appeared on Network 10’s, The Project and ABC News Breakfast, have been on ABC Radio, Triple R and SEN, and have written articles for the Sunday Herald Sun, The Age, The Guardian, and The Saturday Paper on gender equity and violence against women, as well as articles on AFL football and inclusion in sport more broadly. I also addressed a Parliamentary Breakfast on sport’s role in preventing violence against women.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I am a White Ribbon Ambassador and a Sport Matters Champion.


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