Malcolm Turnbull the keynote speaker at lecture series

Published 19 June 2012

The Hon Michael Kirby
Malcolm Turnbull will be the keynote speaker at the 6th Michael Kirby Lecture Series, hosted by Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice on the Gold Coast.

The Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Mr Turnbull was also a successful barrister, journalist and investment banker before turning to politics. He graduated in Arts and Law from Sydney University and was a Rhodes Scholar, completing a further law degree at Oxford.

In 1980, he started his own legal practice, and he successfully defended the former MI5 agent Peter Wright in his efforts to publish his memoir, Spycatcher.

Mr Turnbull was also a leader of the Australian Republican Movement, a stance that will be at odds with Mr Kirby who was a founder of the group, Australians for a Constitutional Monarch. Mr Kirby was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group, which investigated the future of the Commonwealth of Nations.

“It is an honour and a privilege for the University to host Mr Turnbull,” Professor Bee Chen Goh, of the School of Law and Justice, said.

“The Annual Michael Kirby Lecture Series is a signature event for the University and we have been fortunate to secure a speaker of such a high intellectual calibre as Mr Turnbull who, no doubt, will enthral the audience with his wit and eloquence.”

The Lecture Series is named after Australia’s most iconic judge, The Hon Michael Kirby. When he retired from the High Court in 2009, Mr Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. He has remained active in retirement. He has served as the President of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at 12 Universities, including Southern Cross University.

Mr Kirby is also a commissioner with the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law. In 2010, he was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).

The lecture and dinner will be held on the Gold Coast at the Masters Ballroom, Radisson Resort, on Friday, July 6 from 6.30pm. The dinner function will incorporate a book signing event by Mr Kirby of his published book, A Private Life.

For enquiries, please contact lawevents@scu.edu.au or 02 6620 3375.

Photo: The Hon Michael Kirby.

Media contact: Steve Spinks media officer, Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus, 07 5589 3024 or 0417 288 794.