Audio

Broadcasting the 2010 Wilks Oration on Radio Adelaide

The lecture given in Adelaide in 2010, “The Wilks Oration, was delivered on the topic of a Bill of Rights for Australia”. 

It is a radio broadcast and the views expressed concern the arguments for and against a Bill of Rights for Australia.

Listen back to the broadcast here.

Annual Frank Walker Lecture 2020 with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

A webinar comprising the Frank Walker Memorial Lecture.  The lecture is on prisoners rights and was given from Sydney

Growing up Protestant & Catholic: Two Views – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG & Gerard Henderson

The podcast is sketched against the background of earlier sectarian attitudes in Australia; the shifting power of the Australian Anglican and Roman Catholic adherents; the labor split in political allegiance; and state aid for Church schools.

COVID-19 and The Challenge for The Courts – Michael Kirby

COVID-19 and The Challenge for The Courts – Michael Kirby

Interview between Professor Greg Adamson (of the University of Melbourne) and the Hon Michael Kirby concerning the late Justice James Staples

A recording of an interview between Professor Greg Adamson (of the University of Melbourne) and the Hon Michael Kirby concerning the late Justice James Staples. He was a brilliant student at the University of Sydney; a barrister who often appeared for the underdog; an active member of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties; and ultimately a Deputy President (judge) of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

When the Australian Industrial Relations Commission was established to take over the jurisdiction and functions of the earlier Commission, Justice Staples was the only presidential member not reappointed to the new body. This was a breach of long-standing Federal conventions defensive of judicial independence and tenure.

The interview explores the life and times of Jim Staples and the way his life illustrates his deep conviction that the law would protect him, although it did not.

 

HIV Prevention and Care in Prisons Project

An audio interview I gave to Doctor Paul Simpson, research fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for research in offender health. He is based at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. It concerns HIV prevention and care in Australian prisons.

Download the transcript

Human Rights Panel Discussion

 

A recording of a pre-theatre interview and dialogue at the Seymour Theatre of the University of Sydney on 19 February 2020.

The dialogue concerned the steps leading to the removal of the criminal laws in the Criminal Code of Tasmania against homosexual activity. The people interviewed were: Rodney Croome (Tasmanian LGBT activist); Anna Brown (Australian equality activist and lawyer); Justin Koonin (President of the Aids Council of New South Wales) and Michael Kirby.

 
 

Michael Kirby has been elected Patron of QTOPIA alongside Ita Buttrose AC OBE.

QTOPIA will launch Sydney’s gay museum.