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Mitchell Orations

The Mitchell Oration recognises Dame Roma Mitchell's lifelong advocacy for human rights and preventing discrimination. Dame Roma was particularly interested in rights for women, indigenous Australians and ethnic Australians. Dame Roma served as the first female judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia and later became the Chair of the Australian Human Rights Commission and the first woman to be appointed Governor of South Australia.

For each Mitchell Oration, the Equal Opportunity Commission of South Australia selects a community leader to present current issues about human rights with the aim of carrying on the work of Dame Roma through developing ways to counter discrimination.

Below is a list of the Mitchell Orations beginning with the inaugural presention by Dame Roma in 1989 entitled - "Looking Back… Looking Forward".

2016

Hon Dr Robyn Layton
23 October, 2016 - 14:30

2015

Adelaide Film Festival
24 October, 2015 - 16:00 - 17:30

2013

Professor Simon Rice
19 October, 2013 - 11:30

2011

Larissa Behrendt with David Marr
8 October, 2011 - 16:00

2009

Dr Katharine Gelber
11 July, 2009 - 14:15

2007

Professor Hilary Charlesworth
7 July, 2007 - 13:00

2005

Prof Julian Disney
10 July, 2005 - 13:00

2003

John von Doussa
23 November, 2003 - 13:00

2002

Mary Robinson
11 November, 2002 - 13:00

2001

Magistrate Geoffrey Robertson QC
1 November, 2001 - 13:00