Other Speeches

Launch of Court Services Victoria

Speech at the launch of Court Services Victoria

Today is an historic day. For the first time, Victoria now has an independent body, directed by the heads of each jurisdiction, free of departmental or political involvement, and accountable directly to Parliament, that will ... Read More
Magna Carta as reissued by King Henry III British Library - MS Arundel 310 ff. 8v–9r.

Tradition and Reform in the Law

(Victoria Law Foundation/Melbourne University Law School Law Oration 2013, 3rd October 2013) The Oration discusses the importance of both tradition and reform in the law, different possible approaches to law reform, and current law reform ... Read More
Parliament of Victoria

The Courts, Parliament and the Executive

(Deakin Law Oration, 11th September 2013) Thank you for the honour of inviting me to deliver this year's Deakin Law Oration, and to follow the many distinguished speakers who have delivered this oration in previous ... Read More
Supreme Court of Victoria front steps

The Rule of Law

(Address to Melbourne Catholic Lawyers Association, 16th August 2013) I am honoured to have been asked to speak to you this evening, and to follow the long line of distinguished speakers who have addressed your ... Read More
Acts of violence

A Principled Approach to Sentencing Reform

(Speech to forum organised by International Commission of Jurists (Victoria), 18 June 2013) Introduction I thank the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria) for organising this forum and welcome the opportunity to take part. My presentation ... Read More

The Quest for Rights

(Edited version of speech introducing the 2011 VEOHRC Human Rights Oration at ZINC, Federation Square, Melbourne) I am sure you are as interested as I am in Bernard Salt’s answer to the question posed for ... Read More

Towards a just and fair Victoria

(Edited version of speech opening Human Rights Week panel discussion at Telstra Theatre, Exhibition Street, Melbourne) I’m pleased to say a few words in introducing today’s panel discussion on human rights. As most here today ... Read More