Panel Discussion: Attacks on Political Speech in Australia

Photo Credit: Newtown Graffiti: “Free Speech

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Dowson Turco Lawyers invite you to keep up to date on recent Federal Bills that threaten to significantly chill Australians’ right to free political speech, freedom of association and freedom of assembly. Are these Bills good law? 

Join us for a discussion about what makes good law and the defects in the:

  • Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017
  • National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017
  • Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017
  • Identity- Matching Services Bill 2018
  • Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-Matching Services) Bill 2018

In the context of the Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation


Dr Tamsin Clarke, Chair ALHR Freedoms Committee

Dr Tamsin Clarke LLB (Tas), LLM (Toronto), PhD (UNSW) has worked for over 35 years in corporate and financial services law and is a sole practitioner specialising in legal compliance. Her PhD topic discussed issues of racism, pluralism and democracy in Australia. She is Chair of the ALHR ‘Freedoms’ Committee.

Valerie Heath, Maurice Byers Chambers

Valerie Heath B Juris LLB (UNSW), LLM (Sydney) has been in private practice as a barrister for more than 20 years and previously worked in insurance and government roles.

Valerie’s practice is principally in insurance and related fields. She specialises in life insurance and superannuation (particularly TPD and income protection claims), general insurance and government liability.

She also practices in the areas of administrative law, commercial and corporate law, equity, personal injury, medical negligence, mediations and alternate dispute resolution, coronial inquests and inquiries, professional negligence and discipline.

Hannah Ryan, Human Rights Law Centre

Hannah Ryan joined the Human Rights Law Centre in October 2017, working on democratic freedoms in the Sydney office. At the HRLC, Hannah’s work focuses on protecting freedom of expression, the right to protest, and open and transparent government.

Before joining the HRLC, Hannah studied democratic freedoms and civil liberties as a Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. She was also a Research Scholar at New York University School of Law, writing on human rights and national security issues for the website Just Security. Hannah was previously Vice President of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, working particularly on free expression, privacy and open government. She also worked as an Associate to judges of the Federal Court of Australia and the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

On Wednesday 4 April 2018 at 6:30pm

Registration Required: 
ALHR Members: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00

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New Theatre
542 King Street, Newtown, NSW