Constitution Day 2014

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Every July we celebrate Constitution Day, when Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Constitution on 9 July 1900, creating the nation of Australia.

Speakers Forum – Say what you like: a constitutional right?

Is your right to free speech spelt out in the Australian Constitution?

Before you speak your mind, hear eminent speakers debate Australians' right to free speech.

Moderated by Paul Barclay, presenter and series producer of ABC Radio National's Big Ideas, this is a conversation not to be missed!

Speakers include:

  • Tim Wilson, Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • George Williams AO, Anthony Mason Professor, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales
  • Louise Allen, Government Relations Manager, Amnesty International Australia
  • Alec Coles, CEO, Western Australian Museum and
  • Kirstie Parker, Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

Due to unforeseen circumstances our original speaker, Ming Yu from Amnesty International, is unable to participate in the forum. Louise Allen, will appear in her place.

Presented by the National Archives of Australia, in partnership with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the University of New South Wales and ABC Radio National's Big Ideas.

Join the conversation online

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ABC Television and Radio National will record the forum for broadcast on Big Ideas. Due to filming, latecomers cannot be admitted.

When and where

Monday 7 July, 6 for 6.15pm.

Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, Law Building
University of New South Wales (Kensington campus)

Free event, bookings essential. Make a booking.

Proudly hosted by Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Pubic Law   Media Partner, RN

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