YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 2014 PROGRESSIVE LAW NETWORK CONFERENCE
The Conference continues to be a unique and evolving event. This year we bring together community leaders to address the current political landscape, and challenge and inspire progressive law reform. We also introduce a range of innovative new workshops. You will again have the chance to speak to all our panelists one-on-one over shared lunch and snacks.
SEE THE LINE-UP AND PURCHASE TICKETS BELOW
Friday 5 September 9AM – 4PM Theatre GO8 | Melbourne Law School | 185 Pelham Street | Carlton VIC 3O53
Tickets Concession $50 | Community Groups $80 | Professionals $100
KEYNOTE SPEAKER RON MERKEL QC
Ron Merkel QC returned to practice at the Bar in 2006 after ten years as a Judge at the Federal Court of Australia. It is impossible to adequately outline Ron’s experience in public interest law. At the time of this post, he is leading a team in the High Court on behalf of around 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, challenging the Australian Government’s detention and processing of their asylum claims on the high seas. Just two of the many cases Ron has appeared in are:
> Eatock v Bolt, in which nine Aboriginal people who successfully claimed that Andrew Bolt and the Herald and Weekly Times had published articles in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act;
> Roach v Australian Electoral Commission and the Commonwealth, a landmark High Court case which established constitutional protection of the right to vote and returned the vote to an estimated 8,000 prisoners.
Amongst the positions Ron has held are Founding Member of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Foundation Member of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre.
PEOPLE AUTONOMY AND THE LAW
Prisons, addiction and mental health. This panel will address how the law can remove individual autonomy in unexpected or overlooked areas of the law and in the administration of justice.
Debbie Kilroy Sisters Inside Inc.
Dr Kate Seear Monash University and National Drug Research Institute
PLANET CHANGING PATHWAYS, GREENER FUTURE
Increasing withdrawal of political and financial support from green initiatives and the ever-increasing power of the private sector leave us asking, ‘where to from here’ for environmental protection? This panel will present innovative ways of answering this question.
Brendan Sydes Environmental Justice Australia
Danae Bosler Public Transport Not Traffic
Darren Parker Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University
PROJECT WORKSHOPS FOR THE REAL WORLD
This innovative range of workshops, run by experts in their fields, is new to the conference. You will be able to choose to attend one of the following workshops, which will not only inspire you, but arm you with practical skills to use the law for positive social change, everyday.
Gabriella Bornstein – The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Refugee rights everyday: how to have a difficult conversation
Anthony Kelly – Flemington & Kensington Legal Centre Civil disobedience and the law: for activists and lawyers
Shatha Hamade – Animals Australia Finding a voice for animals: how to read food labelling
Tanja Kovac – Emily’s List Gender equality and pay equity: how to negotiate pay equity
VIDEO ADDRESS SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL GUEST
AND MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED