Kirby lecture on human rights
The future of human rights will be discussed during a free keynote address for the fourth annual Michael Kirby Lecture Series at Southern Cross University on Friday, September 3. The Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC will give a keynote address in the Whitebrook Theatre on the topic ‘An Australian Human Rights Act: Quixotic Impossible Dream or inevitable natural progression?’
Justice McMurdo’s address will discuss the recommendations of the National Human Rights Consultative Report, the Commonwealth Government’s response to it and current international human rights perspectives.
With a long and respected legal career, Justice McMurdo was the first woman appointed as President of the Court of Appeal for the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1998. She was made a judge of the District Court of Queensland in 1991, the first female to be appointed to that bench and went on to become the first woman in Queensland to become a Children’s Court judge. She has also won the Centenary Medal and the Agnes McWhinney Award for outstanding contributions to the law and the community.
In 2007, Justice McMurdo was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the law and judicial administration in Queensland.
The lecture is hosted by SCU’s School of Law and Justice and begins at 6pm. It will be followed by a dinner at the on-campus Zest Restaurant where retired Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Michael Kirby will be attending as a dinner speaker.
At the dinner Mr Kirby will discuss the idea that the future of the Commonwealth of Nations depends on improving the machinery to protect basic human rights and also depends upon widening the understanding of what constitutes human rights in the world today.