Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG to deliver 2012 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration

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Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG will tonight deliver the 2012 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration for the Don Dunstan Foundation in Adelaide entitled OF CONSTITUTIONS, INTERVENTIONS AND OTHER MELANCHOLY TALES.

Justice Kirby will deliver the Oration at Bonython Hall, Unviersity of Adelaide, SA at 7pm.

Media wanting a copy of the speech can email chris.ryan@reconciliation.org.au for an embargoed copy.

Hon Michael Kirby is one of Australia’s most remarkable jurists and human rights advocates. He is an Australian retired judge, jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia.

He is also:

  • the youngest man ever appointed to the federal judiciary;
  • an avid supporter of the arts;
  • a National Trust Australian Living Treasure;
  • a recipient of both Australia’s highest civil honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), and the Human Rights Medal;
  • and a recipient of the prestigious international Gruber Prize for Justice, to acknowledge his contribution as an outstanding human being who inspires and enables fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG is an Aboriginal Australian who has given her lifetime to improve the
welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In recognition of her enormous efforts, Dr O’Donoghue was named Australian of the Year in 1984 and 1990, and
was inaugural chairperson of the now dissolved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). She
was the first Aboriginal woman to be inducted into the Order of Australia; and is a Commander of the Order of the
British Empire.

She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1999, and is a Dame of the Order of Saint Gregory
the Great.

Bookings are essential. General Admission – $20
DDF Subscriber & Concession – $10

Visit www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw for more details on events taking place across Australia for National Reconciliation Week.

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