Annual Fundraising Dinner 2017

Date: Friday 24 November, 6:30pm for 7pm sit down. 

With an introduction by

Michael Kirby AC CMG

the keynote address

"The People are not Instruments (or, Peter Dutton is not Immanuel Kant)"

will be given by leading member of the NSW Bar,

Bret Walker SC


The keynote address at our 2017 Annual Fundraising Dinner will be given by Bret Walker SC, a distinguished senior counsel and an active participant in the Australian legal and wider community. Bret has held numerous key positions including president of both the NSW Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia, foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, editor of NSW Law Reports, governor of the Law Foundation and member of Board of Governors of the Law and Justice Foundation.

Bret’s legal work has intersected with civil liberties issues at many points. He was Australia’s first Independent National Security Legislation Monitor from 2011 to 2014. In that role he developed an invaluable compendium of Australia’s ever-expanding national security and counter-terrorism laws and subjected them to rigorous review as to their necessity and compatibility with human rights. He is a regular contributor to public debate about the proportionality of laws which encroach on liberties and rights and democratic principles.  In 2015 Bret was a speaker at a lively CCL forum on ‘Citizenship, Counter-Terrorism and what it means to be an Australian’.

NSWCCL is delighted that Bret and Michael have agreed to speak at our 2017 annual dinner. 

Venue: Sky Phoenix Restaurant, Westfield Plaza, Sydney

Ticket prices: $175 single tickets, $1650 for a table of 10 and $1980 for a table of 12. A limited number of discounted student and pensioner places are also available.

*Price includes a pre-dinner drink and two bottles of wine at each table. 


NSWCCL Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016


Not able to attend or want to show your support?

Sponsor a place or make a donation.

Every year we seek sponsorship for Annual Dinner tickets for students, young lawyers and other interested supporters who might otherwise not be able to afford to attend this important civil liberties event. Show your support by donating to sponsor a place at our Annual Dinner. 

November 24, 2017 at 6:30pm - 10pm
Sky Phoenix Restaurant, Westfield Plaza
188 Pitt St
Level 6 Shop 6001
Sydney, NSW 2000
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NSWCCL Office Coordinator · · 02 8090 2952