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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).

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Late in 2002 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.

  • Previous Speakers
    2012: Professor Dennis Altman AM FASSA
    From Drowning to Celebration: Forty Years of Gay Liberation

    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.
    2012: Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC
    Law, Justice and Mass Atrocity Crimes: The responsibility to protect and the international response to Libya and Syria

    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.
    2008: The Hon Catherine Branson QC
    Envisaging a Fairer Australia: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

    The Hon Catherine Branson QC, Australian Human Rights Commissioner
    2007: Mr Tom Calma
    Can the end ever justify the means? Achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Northern Territory intervention

    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.
    2006: Professor Larissa Behrendt
    Reclaiming the Human Rights Vision: A Pathway for Reconciliation

    Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law, University of Technology, Sydney.
    2005: Professor Martha Nussbaum
    Global justice and human development

    Professor Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, at the University of Chicago, Illinois
    2004: Professor Peter Singer
    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-
    2003: Mr Julian Burnside QC
    Squandering the Legacy

    Julian Burnside QC, Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate

Copies of Speeches and Recordings can be found on the Resources page.

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