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 Loddon Campaspe CLC created Talking Justice: a space for Central Victorians to come together to share and discuss social justice concerns in a stimulating and respectful environment.
From 2014-2017, Talking Justice has become a feature event during Law Week. Over the last four 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, restorative justice, transgender rights 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, Antoinette Braybrook, Julian Burnside, Helen Zsoke, Shane Howard, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Tim Costello, the Hon. Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO and Liana Buchanan.
Talking Justice in 2018
In May, to coincide with Law Week, our Talking Justice presenters Van Badham, Moira Rayner and Kate Wright tackled the #MeToo movement. They were asked to consider if the concerns regarding due process and the presumption of innocence were still valid in the social media age? And how could the rights of the accused be balanced with accountability, change and the need to create a safe environment for women to share their stories? Video of these presentations is available on our YouTube channel.
Speaking Truth to Power
7.30pm, 15 November, Bendigo Town Hall
Populist and often politically driven attacks on institutions like the judiciary and the Human Rights Commission are on the rise, with serious implications for justice and democracy. Join former Human Rights Commissioner and author of Speaking Up, Gillian Triggs, and panellists in this timely discussion.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne University Publishing and Bendigo Library. BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRED. To book, please visit Bendigo Library on Eventbrite.