Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby is a past Justice of the High Court of Australia and is one of Australia's leading thinkers and writers. He is Chair of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea.

Michael will be taking part in the following events:

Dirty Secrets: Uncovered ASIO Files
Thursday, May 22 2014
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Event type: Panel

Imagine you’ve been spied on for years, then you get a chance to peek into your files. That’s just what Anne Summers, Michael Kirby and Elizabeth Evatt did when they read through their ASIO folders. What they found, and how they felt about it, makes for profound, sometimes humorous, reading in Dirty Secrets. They talk with the book’s editor Meredith Burgmann about how they confronted – and sometimes reclaimed – their pasts in this book where those being watched look right back.

Appearing with: Anne Summers, Elizabeth Evatt, Meredith Burgmann (facilitator)

Ticketed: $25/$20
Bookings here
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Revolution and Repression
Saturday, May 24 2014
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Event type: Panel

What does China's Communist Revolution have to teach us about modern North Korea? What light can North Korea shed on China? Can the lessons of one country help the people of the other find freedom and justice? Frank Dikötter’s books on the horrors of the Chinese Revolution have rewritten the way historians view modern China. Jang Jin-sung (Dear Leader) and Michael Kirby have exposed North Korea as one of the harshest dictatorships of modern times. They speak with ABC TV One Plus One’s Jane Hutcheon.

Appearing with: Frank Dikötter, Jang Jin-sung, Shirley Lee, Jane Hutcheon (facilitator)

Free, no bookings

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Curiosity Lecture Series: On What Gandhi Would Do
Saturday, May 24 2014
3:30 - 4:10 PM
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Event type: Author talk

Regarded as the Father of the Nation in India and globally as the most successful exponent of non-violent civil disobedience, Mahatma Gandhi is known as a symbol of wisdom and compassion. Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, himself a tireless advocate for non-discrimination and human rights, shows how we can apply Gandhi's views on some of the world's most pressing current issues: women's rights, climate change, animal rights, and sex and sexuality. Kirby shows shows how remarkably useful Gandhi's insights remain when confronting the world's challenges.

Appearing with: Elizabeth Johnstone (facilitator)

Free, no bookings

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