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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.  

Samuel Griffith Society

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.

Samuel Griffith Society Media Coverage

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

Gerard Henderson
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

Gray Connolly
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.