The Griffith Lecture

List of Speakers

Established in 2003 and named after Sir Samuel Griffith, the Griffith Lecture is an annual public presentation delivered by a nationally or internationally renowned individual. The Griffith Lecture serves to encourage community engagement and awareness as the spotlight is placed on issues such as social justice and public policy.

Year Speaker Topic
2003 Professor Larissa Behrendt - Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies, University of Technology, Sydney The silence of the many: civic responsibility in Australian society
2004 Mr Hugh Mackay, Chairman of the Australian Capital Territory Governments Community Inclusion Board and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Constable Education Program for the New South Police Community and morality: two sides of the same coin
2005 Professor Fiona Stanley AC, Executive Director, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Director, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Professor in School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia Data for a civil society: how we can harmonise privacy and use population data for public good
2006 Mr Philip Bacon AM, Philip Bacon Galleries
2007 The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, Justice of the High Court of Australia Fundamental human rights and religious apostacy
2008 Dr Oliver Sacks, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Columbia University
2009 Ms Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland (1990-1997), United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002) Creating a world without poverty: social business and the future of capitalism
2010 Lord David Puttnam CBE, filmmaker (The Memphis Belle, The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, and Bugsy Malone). The film and television industries in a global age: opportunities, challenges and a way forward
2011 Mr Noel Pearson, Director, Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership Indigenous Australians are coming to their Meiji moment: how to pursue development and keep their cultures
2013 Ms Ann Sherry AO, CEO, Carnival Australia Beyond the Cruise
2014 Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC What Global Integrity?
2015 Mr Peter Greste Free Speech in the Age of Terror
2016 Shami Chakrabarti CBE (UK) Liberty

2016 Griffith Lecture presented by Shami Chakrabarti CBE

2015 Griffith Lecture presented by Peter Greste - Journalism in the Age of Terror

2014 Griffith Lecture presented by Geoffrey Robertson QC