What it means to be a member of a profession: opportunities and responsibilities for lawyers to make a difference
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Professor (Emeritus) Sally Walker
I am truly delighted to deliver this Oration at this University named after Edith Cowan, the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament. Edith Cowan was responsible for a private member's bill that became the Women's Legal Status Act 1923. This Act provided that a person should not be disqualified by sex from: exercising any public function; holding civil or judicial office; practising law or entering any other profession.
Wednesday, 7 November 2011, 5.30pm
The Honourable Dr Elizabeth Constable MLA
I feel truly honoured to be asked to speak about Edith Cowan at the University which bears her name – especially as this year commemorates a host of significant anniversaries related to her life. 2011 marks 150 years since her birth, 90 years since her election to Parliament, and 20 years since this university was graced with her name. These significant anniversaries invite us to consider Edith Cowan's contributions to women, the State, and Australia as a whole.
Friday, 20 November 2009, 4pm
The Honourable Chief Justice Dr Robert French
The protection of human rights is the subject of current debate in Australia. It is not the object of this talk to take a position in that debate. If a national Human Rights Act does come to pass, it may be that its interpretation and even its validity will be argued before the High Court. The object of this talk is to say something about the present position in relation to the protection of human rights in Australia by reference to the Australian Constitution and the common law of Australia.
Thursday, 25 September 2008, 4pm
The Honourable Dr Fred Chaney AO
Since I walked in and looked round the audience, I realised that addressing Australia's disconnections is a bit difficult, because there are a lot of people in this room with whom I have had connections and I acknowledge fellow students from nearly fifty years ago. I wont identify them for fear of embarrassment. But, fellow students of fifty years ago.
Thursday, 8 November 2007, 4pm
Sam Walsh, Chief Executive - Rio Tinto Iron
While I give a lot of business related presentations around the world, this is my first oration.When I received the invitation I thought I was taking a step up the speech-making ladder - until I turned to Encarta for guidance. Unfortunately, the definitions of an oration include "a speech that is considered pompous or inappropriately long" or "a speech that is designed to show off the speaker's rhetorical skills." This leaves a clear choice for me today.