Talking Justice returns for Law Week 2017

ulumbarraTalking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week on 19-20 May 2017. For the fourth year, Loddon Campaspe CLC invites Bendigo to come together to hear some of the country’s finest writers, lawyers, activists and commentators tackle some of our more vexing social and legal dilemmas. This year our Moderator is Damien Carrick, the Presenter of Radio National’s Law Report.

Talking Justice invites us to ask if there is always a clear and just solution to every problem. It challenges us to enter into a conversation about justice that respectfully acknowledges different perspectives. And it asks us to consider the place of the law and justice in a free society?

Quality public engagement around justice issues is critical. Our understanding of what is meant by ‘justice’ has real and immediate impacts on our lives and the health of our community. Loddon Campaspe CLC believes that an open dialogue around issues of justice is essential to the success of our work.

With this in mind, in 2014 we created Talking Justice: a space for Central Victorians to come together to share and discuss social justice concerns in a stimulating and respectful environment.

In only three years, Talking Justice has become a feature event during Law Week. Over the last three years our speakers have ranged over topics as diverse as public health policy to refugees, social justice and the creative process, the environment, crime and punishment and sexuality. And we’ve brought some of Australia’s finest speakers with a range of perspectives to Bendigo to explore what we mean by justice, from Raimond Gaita to Eva Cox, Mick Dodson, Clementine Ford, Father Frank Brennan, Tim Wilson, Julian Burnside, Shane Howard, Martin Flanagan and Tim Costello.


Friday 19 May 2017
Family Law – What are the current challenges facing Family Law and what are the solutions? (6.30pm)
The Hon. Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO will deliver a keynote address that will identify the contemporary challenges facing the family law system and canvass some of the reform proposals put forward over the last 40 years. Followed by a panel discussion.

Saturday 20 May 2017
Youth crime – Should we treat children in detention the same as adults? (9.30am)
This panel discussion will explore the Victorian Government’s response to recent riots in youth detention facilities. Should children be transferred to adult prisons? Should they be managed by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Corrections? Are the concerns of human rights advocates justified? Were the Government’s hands tied?

Transgender children – Are we doing enough to protect transgender children? (11.00am)
This panel discussion will explore the legal system’s ability to protect and support transgender children. Do current Family Court processes protect transgender children or do they only inflict unnecessary emotional and physical stress? Is the Family Court the most suitable realm for determining transgender children’s access to hormone treatment? How effective is the Safe Schools program in making transgender children feel safer at school and in their community?

Media – How will digital disruption impact on individual rights and social justice? (1.45pm)
This panel discussion will explore the impact of digital disruption on traditional journalism. Is everyone now a journalist? How can social media hold authority to account? Will the rise of fake news undermine our trust in the media and its ability to keep those in power accountable? What are the implications for individual rights and social justice?

Indigenous Justice – How does Restorative Justice align with Indigenous culture and where can it make a difference? (3.30pm)
This panel discussion will use case studies to explore the potential benefits of restorative justice models for Indigenous communities. How do the principles of restorative justice align with traditional values and practices? How can restorative justice programs forge a link between traditional Indigenous values and our criminal justice system? Can restorative justice in Indigenous communities improve community safety and lower incarceration rates? What does success look like? What can we do to promote success?

Tickets on sale via the Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres.

Sessions: Adult: $12, Concession: $5
Weekend Pass: Adult: $40, Concession: $15


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