The respected and outspoken former President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, will deliver the Ngara Institute’s 2018 Ralph Summy Annual Lecture in Mullumbimby later this month.
The locally based Institute says it is honoured to have Professor Triggs speak on the subject ‘It’s Time for an Australian Bill of Rights’ on Saturday 30 June.
Professor Triggs was the widely respected and often controversial President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012-2017.
Her determination to ensure that Australia comply with its international obligations, particularly in relation to children in immigration detention, brought her into conflict with government ministers.
She accused the Australian government of being ‘ideologically opposed to human rights’, saying Australia’s human rights are ‘regressing on almost every front’.
‘Unlike almost every other comparable country, Australia has no bill of rights against which government policies can be benchmarked,’ she says.
CSG activists awarded
Professor Triggs will also present the 2018 Australian Activist of the Year Award to local activists who have fought long and hard against CSG extraction in NSW: Annie Kia who developed the hugely successful ‘neighbour to neighbour’ community engagement process for Lock the Gate movements across the country; and the Knitting Nannas Against Gas whose creative and persistent nonviolent strategies have been so important at blockades and protests.
The evening at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall will include music by The Mullum Folk Quartet. Vegan food and chai by Hub Grub and a bar will be available from 5.30 p.m.
Events commence at 6.30 p.m.
Last year was a sell-out, so book tickets early via Eventbrite.