Human Rights Act Events in ACT & South Australia


New Matilda is pleased to announce two more events as part of its Human Rights Act campaign. These events will be held in the ACT and South Australia and will function as state or territory launches as well as forums to dicuss the merits and contents of New Matilda‘s draft Human Rights Bill. Tickets are going fast. See below.

ACT Forum and Launch

Date: Monday 5 December 2005

Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm. Light refreshments from 5.30pm.

Venue: Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly

Guest Speaker: Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO. Fr Brennan is a Jesuit priest, professor of law at the Australian Catholic University and the Notre Dame Professor of Human Rights and Social Justice.  He was the founding director of Uniya, the Australian Jesuit Social Justice Centre.  He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Aboriginal Australians, particularly as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation.

Other speakers: ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, A/Prof Spencer Zifcak and John Menadue AO.

Bookings: or (02) 6295 9433.

Organisers: Manning Clark House, New Matilda’s Human Rights Act Campaign with generous support from the ACT Chief Ministers Department.

South Australian Forum and Launch

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2005

Venue: UniSA, City East Campus, Basil Hetzel Building, Mutual Community Lecture Theatre

Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm start. Finish at 7.00pm.

Guest Speaker: The Hon John von Doussa QC. Mr von Doussa QC is the President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. He has held previous posts as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and President of the Australia Competition Tribunal. Mr von Doussa was recently appointed Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.

Other speakers: Susan Ryan AO, A/Prof Spencer Zifcak.

Bookings: Visit or call (08) 8302 0215 from Monday 14 December.

Organisers: The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, UniSA, The Don Dunstan Foundation, The Human Rights Coalition, New Matilda‘s Human Rights Act for Australia Campaign

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