The Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
Time: 11:30am to 2:30pm 

Zinc at Federation Square, Swanston Street & Flinders Street

Bookings close: 28 May 2019

This year's Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity and Inclusion will be delivered by Retired Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, who will ask: ‘Has the time at last come for Australia to embrace a national Bill of Rights?’

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With virtually every other civilised nation in the world having statutory protections for fundamental human rights, perhaps it’s time Australia followed suit.

Mr Kirby is an international jurist, educator and former judge, and was inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission. He has also undertaken international activities for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD and the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Mr Kirby will ask: "Why has Australia had such a deep hostility to incorporating the universal principles of human rights in the law of this country, which every other modern, civilised country has done? ... As one of the oldest functioning democracies in the world and as a land of hope and opportunity, Australia should be a beacon of freedom, equality and dignity for all. But are we?"

Lisa Annese, DCA's Chief Executive Officer will moderate a conversation on the implications for inclusion in the workplace with our guest panel:

  • The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMGinternational jurist, educator and former judge.
  • Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
  • Julian Clarke, Talent & Organisational Effectiveness Executive, Transformation & People, Telstra.
  • Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty  Advancement Commissioner.  

This much-anticipated annual DCA event recognises and honours the contribution of the late Anna McPhee, DCA’s former Chair and passionate advocate for diversity and equal opportunity.


DCA Member $220/person or $2,100 table of 10

Non-member: $270/person or $2,600 table of 10




The venue is wheelchair accessible. Auslan interpreters will be present and live captioning will be available. An event recording with transcript and captioning will also be made available to members on the DCA website after the event. If you have any accessibility needs that would assist your participation at the event, please contact us on

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