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2018 Conference - Brisbane
The Samuel Griffith Society held its 2018 annual conference in Brisbane. It was the Society's best-attended conference. Key speakers included the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, a former Prime Minister, and a former Premier of Queensland.
The conference featured a number of esteemed speakers, including politicians, jurists, commentators, academics, and a senior cleric.
A copy of the program can be found here.
Some of the topics at the conference included federalism, the republic, freedom of religion, as well as a session on issues arising out of the release of papers relating to the Hon Lionel Murphy.
The conference attracted significant media interest in the following days.
The following papers were presented to the conference:
The Hon. Susan Kiefel, AC
The High Court Justices and the Weight of War
The Hon. Campbell Newman
Not all the Smart People are in Canberra
Associate Professor Robyn Hollander
Morality Policy and Federalism
The Hon. David J S Jackson
McCawley and other cases in the light of Kirk
Professor Nicholas Aroney
The Prospects of Australian Federalism
The Most Reverend Julian Porteous
The Freedom to Hold and Profess a Religious Belief
The Media and Religion in Australia
Nicholas Cowdery, AO, QC
The Murphy Papers: Reflections on the Murphy Trials
The Hon. Stephen Charles, AO, QC
The Murphy Papers: The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry
The Hon. Peter Dutton, MP
The Evolving State of Debate in Australia
The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP
Problems with a Plebiscite for a Republic
David Flint, AM
An Australian Republic? More than a Waste of Time and Money
Crown or Republic: There is no Via Media
The Hon. Dr Christopher Jessup, QC
The Strange Demise of the Conciliation and Arbitration Power
Videos of the speeches can be accessed by clicking here.