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Special Event

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG In Conversation with Natasha Stott Despoja AM

Friday 24 August 2018
6.00PM – 7.30PM
King's Hall
Museum of Australian Democracy

Michael Kirby has played an influential role both in Australia and internationally - far beyond his role as the longest serving judge in Australia’s history. From human rights violations to AIDS awareness, to marriage equality and civil rights he brings extraordinary discipline, intellect, energy and a secure moral compass to the international stage. This conversation will range from the machinations of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump to the state of civil rights in a world fearful of terrorism. Michael is in conversation with Natasha Stott Despoja, the youngest politician to have joined federal parliament. From political leadership she now plays a significant role nationally and internationally in the rights of women and girls. Join us for this rare treat including a Q&A in the iconic Kings Hall of Old Parliament House.

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG Australia retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, he was Australia’s longest serving judge. Michael has served on university governing bodies and has also served on many national and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS; as President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva; as UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia; as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee; as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group  and as a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. He was also named for the 2018 United Nations Honour by the United Nations Association of Australia. 

Natasha Stott Despoja AM is the founding Chair of Our Watch. She is a former Senator for South Australia and former Leader of the Australian Democrats and is the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament. Between 2013-2016, she was Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, an in May 2018, she was named one of the Top 100 Global Influencers on Gender Policy. In 2011, Natasha was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as a role model for women.