2012 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Don Dunstan Foundation presents

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

to deliver the 2012 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration

Constitutions, interventions and other melancholy tales.

Tuesday 29th May, 2012 at 7:00pm

Bonython Hall, North Terrace, University of Adelaide

General Admission – $20.00
DDF Subscriber & Concession – $10.00


The Honourable Michael Kirby is an Australian retired judge, jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia.

He is also:

  • the youngest man ever appointed to the federal judiciary;
  • an avid supporter of the arts;
  • a National Trust Australian Living Treasure;
  • a recipient of both Australia’s highest civil honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), and  the Human Rights Medal;
  • and a recipient of the prestigious international Gruber Prize for Justice, to acknowledge his contribution as an outstanding human being who inspires and enables fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

The Hon Michael Kirby is one of Australia’s most remarkable jurists and human rights advocates whom we are delighted to present the 2012 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration.

For more information about The Hon Michael Kirby, visit his website.

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG is an Aboriginal Australian  who has given her lifetime to improve the welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  In recognition of her enormous efforts, Dr O’Donoghue was named Australian of the Year in 1984 and 1990, and was inaugural chairperson of the now dissolved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). She was the first Aboriginal woman to be inducted into the Order of Australia; and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1999, and is a Dame of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great.

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  1. Anne Walker says:

    I attended this oration and it was uplifting and inspirational. Am i able to access Michael Kirby’s speech?