Don Dunstan Oration 2015

As the 35th Premier of South Australia, The Hon Don Dunstan AC QC set new directions for public administration that had far-reaching national impacts. Shortly before his death, Don Dunstan entrusted to the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA SA), the key advocate for effective public administration, the honour of carriage for the annual Don Dunstan Oration on Public Administration.

It was with much pleasure that IPAA SA announced the 2015 Orator, The Hon Catherine Branson QC. The MC for the event was Anne Gale, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity.

In recognition of the 40th anniversary since Don Dunstan first proposed the decriminalization of homosexuality, Catherine Branson used this year’s Dunstan Oration to examine the achievements of anti-discrimination laws and also to identify their limitations. She reflected on the principles that should inform future reforms in this important area of public policy concluding that our search for social justice is likely to be an ongoing one – and one that challenges us to re-examine our own values and priorities.

The Hon Catherine Branson is a passionate advocate of human rights who has been described as one of Australia’s leading legal minds. She was appointed President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 7 August 2008 and commenced her five year term on 14 October 2008. On 12 July 2009 she additionally became the Human Rights Commissioner. Ms Branson's term at the Commission ended on 29 July 2012. She has been an adjunct Professor, Law School, University of Adelaide since 2013.

At the time of her appointment as President of the Human Rights Commission, she was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, a position she had held since 1994. Ms Branson was also a member of the Board of Examiners of the Supreme Court of South Australia, a council member of the University of South Australia and a Trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this motivational speaker and celebrate 40 years since decriminalisation of homosexuality in South Australia.

Date:

Thursday, 22 October, 2015

Venue:

Parkview Room, Adelaide Pavilion, Cnr. South Tce & Peacock Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

Time:

4:00 pm registration, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Speech Notes: Download here

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The Hon Catherine Branson QC

The Hon Catherine Branson was appointed President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 7 August 2008 and commenced her five year term on 14 October 2008. On 12 July 2009 she additionally became the Human Rights Commissioner. Ms Branson's term at the Commission ended on 29 July 2012. She has been an adjunct Professor, Law School, University of Adelaide since 2013.

At the time of her appointment as President of the Commission, she was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, a position she had held since 1994. The Federal Court is a superior court with wide original and appellate jurisdiction including jurisdiction to hear and determine complaints alleging unlawful discrimination under Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws and in other areas of human rights law including refugee law.

At the time of her appointment to the Federal Court, Ms Branson was a member of the Board of Examiners of the Supreme Court of South Australia, a council member of the University of South Australia and a Trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust. She had earlier been Deputy Chair of the Adelaide Medical Centre for Women and Children and a member of the National Women’s Advisory Council.

Ms Branson is a past President of the Australian Institute for Judicial Administration, a former member of the Board of Management of IDLO (a governmental organisation based in Rome enjoying observer status at the United Nations), a member of the International Association of Judges, a member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges and convenor of the latter association’s Human Rights Nexus Working Party.

Prior to her appointment as a judge, she practiced as a barrister at the Adelaide Bar in South Australia, principally in the areas of administrative law, including discrimination law, and commercial law. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992.

Between 1984-89, she was Crown Solicitor of South Australia and the CEO of the South Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

Ms Branson holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide.

   

MC: Anne Gale, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

Anne Gale is South Australia’s Commissioner for Equal Opportunity. She has statutory powers to assess and conciliate complaints of discrimination and to inform the community about their rights and responsibilities under Equal Opportunity laws. Ms Gale’s 5 year appointment began on 17 September 2012.

Ms Gale was previously Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in Consumer and Business Services. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in 2009, Ms Gale was Deputy Chief Executive of the Department for Families and Communities, with responsibility for Disability, Ageing and Domiciliary Care.

Ms Gale has also served in a range of other roles in other agencies over nearly two decades, including the Office for Ageing, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Human Services and the South Australian Housing Trust.

During her career Ms Gale has developed strategic plans and policy, and programs and services that promote people’s rights and assist people to live independently and develop self reliance and resilience. Examples include the South Australian Ageing Plan Improving with Age and implementation of the state Homelessness strategy. She has participated in many Commonwealth State negotiations and forums in Consumer Affairs, Ageing, Disability and Housing.

Ms Gale is a member of the South Australian Ministerial Advisory Board on Ageing and has been a member of the National Occupational Licensing Authority Board and a member of a number of community service and sport associations.

   

Lachlan Cibich, Policy Officer, Communities and Justice, Cabinet Office, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Lachlan Cibich, 24, is a graduate of the University of Adelaide Law School and the College of Law. As a Policy Officer in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Lachlan works on a variety of social justice and community-based policy projects – most notably leading implementation of the recommendations of the South Australia’s Law Reform Institute’s report on legislative discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people.

Lachlan has been an active member of the South Australian community through his volunteer work with St John Ambulance. Throughout his thirteen years of service, he has been an advocate for young people, focusing on building their capacity to influence decision-making that affects them.

Lachlan has held positons as the Chairperson of St John Ambulance’s South Australian Youth Council, and National Training and Leadership Development Policy officer on the Australian Youth Council. In 2013, Lachlan was selected as the National Harper Research Scholar, undertaking an international research project to investigate how St John Australia could better engage with young people in decision-making. Lachlan’s research paper “Represent; Optimising the impact of young people’s participation and advocacy in St John” led to introduction of the Australian Youth Advisory Network, a national platform utilised to better engage with young people in Australia as well as providing strategic advice to the National Board of St John.

For his service to St John and the community, Lachlan was named the Young Citizen of the Year during the 2007 Australia Day celebrations, as well as being admitted into the International Order of St John in 2013.

Lachlan’s vision for South Australia is one where diversity is both accepted and celebrated, and where citizens have the equitable choice and enjoyment of all opportunities that is afforded to all of their peers.

 

 

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