Fundraising Auction 2013

Each year at the Annual Human Rights Dinner that we host with the Public Interest Law Clearing House, we hold both live and silent fundraising auctions.

Even people who are not attending the dinner can place bids on most of the items, so if you fancy any of the items below, get in quick with an early bid by emailing, by the end of Thursday 2 May, citing the item number and the amount of your bid.


Item #P01  
Wolfgang Sievers print 1977
Escalator Site Construction at Parliament Station, Melbournecolour 50 x 40 (Valued at $8,000)
Although, not a household name, despite the familiarity of his iconic images of manufacturing processes, buildings, mines, landscapes and archaeological exhibits, Wolfgang Sievers is considered as one of the great Australian photographers along side the likes of Max Dupain and Athol Shmith. When Sievers passed away, he entrusted Julian Burnside with his remaining prints to use to raise money for human rights causes in Australia. We are extremely grateful and excited to be offering two limited prints as part of this auction.


Item #P02  
Wolfgang Sievers print 1980
Gerard Herbst with his "Prestige" material at Red River, SandringhamBlack & white 35 x 35 (Valued at $5,500)
See info above re Wolfgang Sievers.
Gerard Herbst was a pioneer in industrial design education in Victoria. He was the Director of Melbourne textile manufacturer Prestige Limited, one of the first industrial design studios to be established in Australian industry, and a long time industrial design teachers at RMIT.


 Item #D01
Boardroom dinner with the Commonwealth Attorney-General
Six places at a boardroom dinner with the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, will be up for grabs as part of the live auction. The dinner will be hosted by a leading law firm in Melbourne on Thursday 4 July.


 Item #D02
Dinner with Julian Burnside & Kate Durham
Dine with prominent Australian barrister Julian Burnside and artist Kate Durham. Julian is a passionate advocate for human rights and the fair treatment of refugees. He has provided legal counsel in a range of high profile cases and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009. Kate Durham is an artist and asylum seeker advocate who uses her artwork to help gain public support for refugees. Together Burnside and his wife Durham established Spare Rooms for Refugees and Spare Lawyers for Refugees, programs which provide free accommodation and legal representation for refugees in Australia. Date and venue are flexible.


 Item #D04
Melbourne breakfast for four with Adam Bandt
Adam Bandt made history in 2010 when he became the first Greens MP to be elected to the House of Representatives at a general election. The member for Melbourne is now the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and a key player in national politics. Catch up with Adam over breakfast in a local Melbourne cafe. Breakfast for four guests with Adam is included with this item. 8 – 9.30am on Friday 24 May.


 Item #D05
Lunch for five with Gareth Evans at Oakridge Winery in the Yarra Valley
Former Foreign Minister and head of the International Crisis group, Gareth Evans AC has written extensively on international relations and legal, constitutional and political affairs, and has been internationally recognised for his contributions to conflict prevention, arms control and disarmament. This lunch for five guests with Gareth is at the stunning Oakridge Winery in Coldstream in the Yarra Valley. Date to be negotiated.


 Item #D06
Boardroom dinner at Allens with Michael Kirby
Serving as a judge at the High Court of Australia from 1996 to 2009, the iconic Michael Kirby AC played a pivotal role in the development of Australian law and is an eloquent and powerful orator. Join Michael Kirby for an intimate dinner and insightful and inspiring conversation. Dinner for 6 guests hosted by Allens Linklaters from 6-8pm in Melbourne at a date to be negotiated after August 2013.


 Item #D03
Breakfast and Cryptic Crosswords with DA
David Astle, better known as DA (or “Don’t Attempt”) and the "The Word Man" from SBS’s Letters and Numbers, is the author of cryptic crosswords in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. The winner of this auction item will join his wordiness for a leisurely Saturday breakfast/brunch as he deciphers his latest diabolical brainteaser and offers tips and hints on how to tackle cryptic crosswords. Great prize for crossword buffs or for beginners wanting to learn from the master! Date and exact Melbourne location to be agreed.


Item #G01
Melbourne International Film Festival double membership
MIFF is a fantastic experience for all film lovers, but it’s the members who get the real red carpet treatment, enjoying generous ticket discounts and priority queuing and access to Festival screenings. The Melbourne International Film Festival Double membership, has benefits before and after the Festival including an invitation to the Members Festival Launch, a two- month subscription to, concession entry to MIFF’s cinema partners and opportunities to win prizes.


 Item #F01
Italian Cheese and Wine Workshop
Join the City Wine Shop for a fun and informative evening to explore six key Italian cheese styles, matching them to regional wines and drinks and discussing their shared histories. The evening will be presented by Anthony Femia, member of the prestigious Guilde de Fromagers and head cheesemonger at the Spring St Grocer with wine pairings selected by sommelier Adam Cotterell. For four people, 6:30-8:30pm Tuesday 14 May.


 Item #S05
Framed photograph signed by MPs Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie
Both Adam Bandt, Greens Member for Melbourne, and Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison, have signed this framed photograph capturing the poignant moment during voting on the Gillard Government’s re-embrace of the ‘Pacific Solution’ – Wilkie and Bandt were the only members to oppose the legislation.


 Item #F02
Taste & Tipple: Craft Beer
When celebrating all things craft beer, who better to guide us through three of Australia’s finest than Fabio Pieramati from 4 Pines? The famous Campari House bistro has been brilliantly rejuvenated creating a fantastic four level hospitality experience reflecting Melbourne’s diverse restaurant and bar culture.
4 x tickets: 6pm, Thursday 16 May. Includes three beer tasters (Kolsch, Pale Ale & Hefeweizen) and a Kaiser-wrapped dog, sauerkraut and Dijon aioli.


 Item #S01
Copy of the South African Constitution signed by Justice Edwin Cameron
Our guest of honor, Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, has been described by former South African President Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s modern heroes. Justice Cameron worked to safeguard human rights in the new Constitution of South Africa and has a signed copy to give the winning bidder of this prize.


 Item #S02  
Signed copy of Justice Edwin Cameron’s book, Witness to Aids
Witness to AIDS is a compelling memoir that grapples with the meaning of HIV/AIDS. In this intensely personal account of survival, South African Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron melds elements of his destitute childhood with his daily duties as one of South Africa's most distinguished judges, while focusing on HIV/AIDS’ central issues – stigma, unjust discrimination, and, most importantly, the life-and-death question of access to treatment. Cameron's remarkable story of his own survival in an epidemic that has cost millions of lives is at once moving and uplifting, sobering and ultimately hopeful.


 Item #F03
Ten Minutes by Tractor Restaurant $250 Gift Voucher
Acclaimed Mornington Peninsula winery Ten Minutes by Tractorproduces outstanding cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.


 Item #S09
Hand written Lord Bingham Speech
This speech was hand-written by the late Lord Thomas Bingham, former Senior Law Lord of the United Kingdom, and delivered at a Human Rights Law Centre event on 9 December 2008.
An obituary in The Guardian in 2010 described Lord Bingham as a brilliant and exceptional human rights campaigner and "arguably the most significant judicial figure in the history of Anglo-Saxon legal systems."


 Item #E01
Tickets to Bell Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors
Two tickets to the opening night of Bell Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors on Wednesday 21 August at the Arts Centre plus join the after party with the cast and crew.


 Item #F05
  Jamsheed wines six bottle gift pack
The Jamsheed label began in 2003 with a focus on single vineyard Syrahs and aromatic whites from unique sites in Victoria. Gift pack includes:
2011 Jamsheed Healesville Syrah
2011 Jamsheed Beechworth Syrah
2011 Jamsheed Moonambel Syrah
2011 Jamsheed Garden Gully Syrah
2011 Jamsheed Beechworth Roussanne
2012 Jamsheed Garden Gully Riesling
(Two packs available – to go to the top two bidders)


 Item #S03
Signed Bob Brown photo
Signed & framed photo of Bob Brown at the Gordon River, Tasmania, on the thirtieth anniversary of the election of the Hawke Government which delivered victory for the environmental protesters blockading the construction of the Gordon-below-Franklin Dam project.


 Item #S06
Signed copy of In Balfour StreetSigned booklet of 14 poems by Bob Brown from the 1970s.


  Item #F06
Pizza banquets at The Moorshead
Win a voucher for two ‘inauthentic pizza banquets’ at The Moorshead in Thornbury to see what happens when two Arabs who love pizza and Middle Eastern flavours decide to combine the two to create a new spin on one of Melbourne’s favourite foods. Valid Monday to Thursday only. Drinks not included. Expires 31/10/2013


 Item #S04  
  Five signed copies of Elliot Perlman’s The Street Sweeper
Longlisted for the prestigious 2102 Miles Franklin Award, The Street Sweeper has been described as “harrowing, humane and brilliant”.  (Recently released from prison, Lamont Williams, an African American probationary janitor in a Manhattan hospital and father of a little girl he can't locate, strikes up an unlikely friendship with an elderly patient, a Holocaust survivor who had been a prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau.


 Item #R01
Week in Lorne holiday house
This beautiful modern three bedroom house features cosy living area with wood fire, spacious entertaining deck with BBQ, modern kitchen, separate laundry and two bathrooms (two double beds and total of four single beds) north-east facing to capture the sun. All only 5 minutes walk from local shopping and restaurants. Generously donated by HRLC Chair, Ros Grady.


 Item #S07
North Melbourne jumper signed by Majak Daw
North Melbourne jumper signed by Majak Daw - a refugee drafted by the Kangaroos as the first Sudanese born AFL player.


  Item #F07
Penfold’s wines
Half case of Bin 389, otherwise known as ‘Baby Grange’ or ‘Poor Man’s Grange’, is Penfold’s benchmark Cabernet Shiraz. The 2006 vintage is especially known for its bold berry and spice flavours and characteristic American Oak. Retails for roughly $85 a bottle, making the value of this half dozen over $500.


 Item #T01
Ride on PorscheThe Baby Porsche Carrera made in Germany. For the toddler that really has it all!


 Item #S013
Signed copies of Richard Beasley’s
Sydney-based barrister and author of Hell has Harbour Views (2001) and The Ambulance Chaser (2004) has signed two copies of his brand new novel Me and Rory Macbeath - a moving coming-of-age novel, with a cast of characters to fall in love with.


 Item #S08
Melbourne Heart soccer ball signed by Golgol Mebrahtu
Sudanese-born refugee Golgol Mebrahtus came to Australia in 2000 to escape religious persecution. At age 22, Mebrahtus is now an attacker for A-league club Melbourne Heart. Having earned recognition at youth international level, Mebrahtu’s pace and skill makes him an exciting prospect. Here is your chance to own a ball signed by an up-and-coming soccer star!


 Item #F04
Wine Tour
Wine tour for two people with Paul Robinson of Vinetrekker in discreet, luxury vehicles at a leisurely paced, well-rounded exploration of a region with fine wine, fine food and other attractions. Choose either the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula or Macedon Ranges.


 Item #S10
Signed Navi Pillay speech
Signed copy of speech given by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on 14 March 2013 at a reception with the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva.


 Item # A01
Thai painting
Traditional styled artwork by contemporary Thai-Australian artist Bundit Puangthong better known for his rich cross-cultural street art style.


 Item #S11
Signed copy of Still Counting the Dead
Frances Harrison is a former BBC foreign correspondent who covered the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war and has recently published a book of eye witness accounts from the end of the war, Still Counting the Dead.


 item #G02
Personal training package
Get fit and energized with a voucher for one month of boot camp and two packets of Activeats. Activeats are handcrafted, organic treats “made with all of nature’s goodness”. Nourish your body with these scrumptious and highly nutritious snacks.
 Item #S12
Bombers jumper signed by Jobe Watson
Essendon AFL jumper signed by the Bombers’ captain Jobe Watson, 2012 Brownlow Medal Winner, and Bombers Coach James Hird.


 Item #F08
Gosset Excellence Brut Champagne
Gosset one of the worlds great champagnes uses only the first and best juices from the pressings from their fruit. With the initial fermentation in small oak barrels, the wine results in pristine acidity and and a full-bodied palate. The Brut Excellence has unrivaled richness and staying power. Win a half case of Gosset Excellence Brut Champagne – which is not a current release. Valued at $480.


 Item #A04
Print: “A walk along the river by dusk”
Marian Rennie
’s interpretations of Australian life have a deep sensuality and the controlled vibrancy of her colours give her paintings incredible power. Take this opportunity to own a framed limited edition reproduction of “A walk along the river by dusk”.


 Item #A05
“Awelye - Women's Ceremony at Lake Mackay” by Mary Brown Napangardi
Mary Brown Napangardi
paints Bush Tomato and Women’s Dreamings for her country, which is east of Lake Mackay. Mary Brown Napangardi's piece is acrylic on canvas and is 28cmx58cm. “The painting signifies awelye (women's ceremony). Women perform awelye to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well being and health of their community.”


 Item #G03
Yoga vouchers
Studio Cirq
teaches group classes in Yoga and Pilates in the heart of the city. The timetable offers 30 drop in classes each week suitable for all levels of experience with some of Melbourne's finest teachers. We provide friendly personalised service, welcoming new students every day with our accessible drop-in policy . All equipment is provided and female and male change facilities are available.
The passes entitles one person to any 10 classes at the Studio within a 3 month period.


 Item #F09
Voucher for Charcoal Lane
A $250 voucher for Charcoal lane on Gertrude St, Fitzroy – a vibrant and innovative restaurant that offers a unique experience of high quality modern Australian cuisine in a contemporary Aboriginal setting. Charcoal Lane enables Aboriginal and disadvantaged young people to gain experience in a supported, real work environment as part of an integrated program which includes personal skills development and accredited education in hospitality.


 Item #A02
Painting: 'Terra Nullius'
Large painting from an Indigenous artists’ co-op in South Australia, donated by Ron Merkel QC.


 Item #G04
Rockwiz Mega Gift Pack
This awesome Rockwiz gift pack includes: The ‘With a little help from our friends’ – Duets volume IV, DVD and booklet, A vinyl edition of the ‘The Christmas Album’, Stubby holders, Tea towels,  Beanie, Bottle opener, small and large Rockwiz Crew hoodies and Tote bags.


 Item #E02
MFB ‘Night on Shift’ Fire-fighter Experience
This Fire-fighter experience involves an evening at the MFB headquarters in East Melbourne where you will participate in a variety of station activities including: Muster with the crew at Melbourne’s largest fire station at the start of their night shift at 6pm; Checking the equipment before any fire calls; Getting measured for personal protection clothing; Enjoying a meal with your new shift buddies; Touring the city in an operational fire truck; Participating in any training drills or lectures; Respond to Fire Calls with the crew in the truck. (Prize valid for six months. For Adults.)


 Item #EO3
MFB ‘Junior Fire Chief for a Day’ (For kids)
As part of this experience, one of our firefighters will personally escort one lucky kid at the ‘Junior Fire Chief for a Day’ experience held on Fridays at Eastern Hill fire station, East Melbourne. This involves being fitted out in a mini firefighter uniform , a chance to take part in the fire safety displays, learning how to use the fire hose and getting some hands-on firefighting experience. After the fire safety display, there will be a tour of firefighters’ living areas and our Fire Services Museum, followed by lunch with the crew and the presentation of an honorary Junior Fire Chief certificate. (Prize valid for six months.)