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Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

The Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration grew out of a partnership between the late Don Dunstan and the then Australian NGO Community Aid Abroad (now Oxfam Australia). Late in 2002 the the Dunstan Foundation approached Oxfam Community Aid Abroad to make the idea of an Adelaide Human Right's Oration a reality and thus was born the Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration. The Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration is one of Adelaide's premier public events attracting sell out crowds in 2003 and 2004 proving once again that Adelaide is unique in it's standing as the city of ideas.

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Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

From Drowning to Celebration

From Drowning to Celebration: Forty Years of Gay Liberation
Professor Dennis Altman AM FASSA

Dennis Altman is a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. This book was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in eight countries.


Law, Justice, and Mass Atrocity Crimes

Law, Justice, and Mass Atrocity Crimes: The Responsibility to Protect and the international response to Libya and Syria
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC

Gareth Evans pioneered work on the concept of ‘Responsibility to Protect’. He draws on many years of international experience and a wealth of publications to provide his views on the responsibility of the international community to protect a nation and its people from mass atrocity crimes when it is unwilling or unable to halt such crimes. 




Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

Envisaging a Fairer Australia: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

Envisaging a Fairer Australia:  Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday
The Hon Catherine Branson QC
Australian Human Rights Commissioner

Ms Bree Wilsmore
HRO Youth Speaker


Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

Can the end ever justify the means? Achieving equality for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples & the Northern Territory intervention

Can the end ever justify the means?
Mr Tom Calma
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner

In the spirit of Oxfam Australia's Close the Gap report, Commissioner Calma shared his views about the health crisis facing Indigenous Australians and how we as a nation must take responsibility for overcoming the crisis.

Dr Tamara Mackean
HRO Youth Orator

Audio files:

Dr Tamara Mackean
Tom Calma
Andrew Hewett
To listen to radio interview follow the links below:

Close the Gap covered on The Wire - 18 September 2007
Excerpt from Tom Calma's Oration on The Wire - 19 September 2007

For further information on Close the Gap go to
National Close the Gap Day activities


Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

Reclaiming the Human Rights Vision: A Pathway for Reconciliation

Reclaiming the Human Rights Vision:  A Pathway for Reconciliation
Professor Larissa Behrendt
Professor of Law and and Director of Research, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
University of Technology, Sydney

Audio files
Professor Larissa Behrendt (MP3 audio file)
The Hon Ted Mullighan QC
Questions from the audience
Youth Oration: Mr Ognjen Simic


Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

Global justice and human development

Professor Martha Nussbaum
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, at the University of Chicago, Illinois.

Supporting papers to Professor Nussbaum's Oration

  1. Beyond the Social Contract: Capabilities and Global Justice
  2. Capabilities Across National Boundaries
  3. Mutual Advantage and Global Inequality: the Transnational Social Contract

Global Justice and Human Development
Mr Joseph Rafalowicz
Inaugural Youth Orator


Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

Ethics for one world: How ethical has Australia been, as a global citizen?

Professor Peter Singer
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bio ethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, 1999-2004, part-time, 2005-
Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, part-time 2005-

Professor Singer's Oration is available on DVD for $15.00 from the Don Dunstan Foundation.


Don Dunstan Human Rights Oration

Squandering the Legacy

Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Human Rights Advocate
Julian Burnside QC
Queens Counsel