Topic: Constitutional change in 2013? The significance of Michael Kirby's legacy for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and local government

Presenter: Professor A.J. Brown - Griffith University\

The Gillard Government has committed the Australian Parliament and people to considering two important proposals for constitutional reform at or before the 2013 election. In his recent biography, Michael Kirby: Paradoxes & Principles, A J Brown of Griffith Law School reviews the foundational role of Australia's most famous judge in the campaign which defeated the nation's last proposals for constitutional reform in 1999, a result described as taking deliberative democracy in Australia to an 'all time low'. In this seminar, he will revisit this dark patch of Australian history for its lessons for contemporary constitutional reform -- in particular, the differences between symbolic and substantive constitutional change.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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