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Past talks

Jeff Gallop
RightsTalk: Stigma is still the number one issue
Geoff Gallop
Thursday 25 July 2013

Stigma remains the number one issue for individuals with mental health illness. It is a barrier for people who need to present for treatment not just because it distorts public perceptions of illness but also because it is often internalised by the sufferer.

Unfortunately, however, the sources of our prejudice lie deep within our culture and are difficult to shift. They take us to issues of human freedom and human difference – and how they are perceived


Julian Disney
RightsTalk: The impact of the internet on media standards
Julian Disney
Thursday 11 July 2013

Julian Disney, Chair of the Australian Press Council, will discuss the impacts of the internet on traditional media standards concerning news and comment. This includes impacts on accuracy, fairness and balance and on respect for core personal rights such as privacy and safety. 

Prof Julian Disney AO has been the independent Chair of the Australian Press Council since 2009. He is also a Professor in the Law Faculty of the University of the New South Wales and the founder and national Chair of Anti-Poverty Week. He has previously been a Law Reform Commissioner, Coordinator of the Welfare Rights Centre in Sydney, President of the Australian Council of Social la Service and World President of the International Council on Social Welfare. He has also been Director of the ANU Centre for International and Public Law and Chair of the National Affordable Housing Summit.


Hands holding Game Controller
RightsTalk: Human rights and video games
Katie Williams, Brendan Keogh, Dr Christopher Moore, Dr Melissa de Zwart
Thursday 13 June 2013

The relationship between human rights and video games will be explored in this lively panel discussion. This talk will canvass hot topics such as racial stereotyping and the depiction of women in video games, the associations made between games and violence, and bullying in online gaming. The panel will also look at the positive use of video games to promote human rights, and the role of young people and women in the gaming industry and community.

Speaker biographies:

Katie Williams - freelance games journalist and critic who has written for PC Gamer, PC PowerPlay, GameSpy, IGN, Hyper magazine, TouchArcade, Kotaku Australia,, Atomic, and WarCry. Katie is the newly appointed director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival taking place in Melbourne this September.

Brendan Keogh - videogame critic and PhD candidate at RMIT University, Melbourne. Brendan has written for Edge, Hyper, The New Statesman, The Conversation, and Polygon.

Dr Christopher Moore - gamer and lecturer in Media and Communication at Deakin University, Melbourne. His research interests include the appropriative practices of gamer subcultures.

Dr Melissa de Zwart – Associate Professor, Adelaide Law School, and a Member of the Classification Review Board (Cth). She has published widely on matters affecting the regulation of the online environment, including copyright, freedom of expression, virtual worlds, social networking and contractual communities.


Marta Maurás
RightsTalk: Marta Maurás, member and Vice President of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
Marta Maurás
Wednesday 12 June 2013

Marta and the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, will hold a discussion around Marta’s role and responsibilities as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Conventions of the Rights of the Child; ask her to reflect on the fourth periodic report of Australia in June 2012 and the concluding observations made by the Committee in 2012 as well as the impressions that she has formed on her current visit to Australia, focussing on areas of strength as well as areas requiring improvement.

David Marr
RightsTalk: Free speech and the press: not always allies
David Marr
Tuesday 4 June 2013

Join author and journalist, David Marr to  discuss News Ltd.’s strange campaign against bills and charters of rights; Andrew Bolt and the Racial Discrimination Act; and the recent kerfuffle over media law reform.