Talking Justice

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. 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.

Next event: Speaking Truth to Power

7.30pm, 15 November, Capital Theatre, Bendigo

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, Hugh de Kretser (Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre) and Misha Ketchell (Editor of The Conversation) in this timely discussion. Moderated by ARC Justice Executive Office, Hayley Mansfield.

Please note the change of venue. This event was to take place at the Bendigo Town Hall. However, due to unprecedented demand we have had to relocate to the larger venue. We apologise for any inconvenience. Tickets for the previous venue will be honoured.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne University Publishing and Bendigo Library. BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRED. To book, please visit Bendigo Library on Eventbrite.


Gillian Triggs

Professor Gillian Triggs served as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 to 2017. She has held many significant academic positions, including director of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. She is currently a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chair of Justice Connect.

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for five tumultuous years.

Hugh de Kretser

Hugh was a board member of the Human Rights Law Centre when it was established in 2006 and joined the staff team in 2013 as the Executive Director. Hugh started his legal career at the law firm Mallesons and then began working to protect and promote human rights as the Manager of the Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre and the Executive Officer of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres.

Hugh currently serves as a Director of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne Law School. He has previously served as Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, a board member of the National Association of Community Legal Centres and a governance committee member for knowmore – the national service that provided legal help for people navigating the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Misha Ketchell

Misha Ketchell is Editor of The Conversation. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and in previous roles he was founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey, The Reader and The Melbourne Weekly. He worked for The Age as a reporter and feature writer and spent several years at the ABC where he was a TV producer on Media Watch and The 7:30 Report and an editor on The Drum.


Hayley Mansfield (MC)
Hayley is ARC Justice’s Executive Officer, where she promotes place-based access to justice in regional areas and addresses systemic issues that impact negatively on this. She is committed to protecting human rights, and has held senior leadership positions with organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers and Aboriginal community members. She is a Board member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic.) and Co-Chair of the National Association of Community Legal Centres’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Network.


Talking Justice Sponsors

Loddon Campaspe CLC could not present Talking Justice without the generous support of our sponsors. This year, we thank Arnold, Dallas, McPherson Lawyers; Haven; Home, Safe; The Strategem Foundation; Robertson Hyetts Solicitors; CatholicCare Sandhurst and the Reichstein Foundation.


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