The Annual Human Rights Dinners bring together friends, colleagues and supporters from across the human rights, justice and philanthropic sectors to celebrate human rights progress and energise the movement to tackle upcoming challenges. They are also important fundraisers for the Human Rights Law Centre.
We are very excited to announce that Indigenous leader, Kirstie Parker will deliver the keynote speech at the Melbourne Dinner and human rights luminary, Professor Andrea Durbach will deliver the keynote speech at the Sydney Dinner. This event sells out most years so get in early.
The Sydney dinner will be held at 7.00pm on Friday 26 May.
The venue is Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney (map).
Ticket sales have closed for the Sydney dinner. Please contact us if you have ticket inquiries.
Even if you can’t attend on the night, you can still participate in our fun online fundraising auctions. You can register online now by clicking here for the Sydney auction.
A great night was had in Melbourne on May 19 with a terrific room full of human rights defenders.
Read our Melbourne speeches from
Kirstie Parker is the CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. A Yuwallarai woman from northern NSW, Kirstie’s previous roles include Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Editor of the 100% Aboriginal owned and controlled newspaper, the Koori Mail. Kirstie is currently a Director of Reconciliation Australia, and a board member of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association.
Kirstie’s work has been widely acknowledged with an Australian Peacewoman Award in 2015, she was also honoured as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards and named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012.
Professor Andrea Durbach is the Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre and a Professor of Law at UNSW. Born and educated in apartheid South Africa, Andrea practised as a political trial lawyer and human rights advocate, representing victims and opponents of apartheid laws. In Australia, Andrea is a prominent public interest lawyer and spent 13 years at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, including 7 years as Director. Andrea was appointed part-time Deputy Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2011-2012. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and was a member of the board of the NSW Legal Aid Commission from 2006-2016.
In 2013, Andrea was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law.
Sydney MC - Alex Lee
Melbourne MC - Tom Ballard
We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a great night!
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