DCA Annual Oration: Video

Time for a Bill of Rights?

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? 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.

Ahead of his Oration, our video gives you a flavour of what’s to come when Mr Kirby and his panel – Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights CommissionJulian Clarke, Talent & Organisational Effectiveness Executive, Transformation & People at Telstra, and Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner – all take the stage for a debate moderated by DCA’s CEO Lisa Annese.