How do we conceive of justice in Australia today? What do we do when our legal institutions are imperfect at best, inherently biased at worst? In this panel discussion, we’ll speak with three women whose work is concerned with the fallibility of our legal, political and justice systems.
Bri Lee is a qualified lawyer and the author of Eggshell Skull, a memoir of sexism in the courts. Kate Wild is a Walkley-winning journalist and the author of Waiting for Elijah, an investigation into the shooting of a mentally ill man by police in country New South Wales. Shireen Morris is a constitutional lawyer and the author of Radical Heart, an account of the campaign by activists and Indigenous leaders towards the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
All three have written about personal encounters, and painful struggles, with state institutions. They’ll discuss bias, blind spots and some promising new initiatives in the pursuit of justice in Australia today.
Note: This event may include discussion of sexual assault.
Metropolis will be our bookseller for this event.
Sonia Nair is Program Manager at the Melbourne Writers Festival as well as a writer and critic whose literary criticism and social commentary have been published by the Wheeler Centre, Kill Your Darlings, the Big Issue, Eureka Street and the Lifted Brow, among others. She has chaired conversations and interviews at the Emerging Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival and Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Shireen Morris is a lawyer, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School, and a senior adviser on constitutional reform to Cape York Institute. She is the author of Radical Heart (MUP, 2018), the co-editor of The Forgotten People: Liberal and Conservative Approaches to Recognising Indigenous Peoples with Damien Freeman (MUP, 2016) and the editor of A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition (Black Inc, 2017). Shireen is a regular commentator on TV, radio and print media.
Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer whose journalism has been published in the Monthly, the Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia, Crikey, and elsewhere. Bri's first book, Eggshell Skull, won numerous awards including the ABIA Biography of the Year and the People's Choice at the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and also made several other listings including the longlist for The Stella Prize and the shortlist at the Indie Book Awards. Her second book is an essay titled Beauty.
Kate Wild is an investigative journalist whose work with distinguished teams at the ABC has been recognised with three Walkley Awards and a Logie. Her reports from Darwin, where she lived from 2010 to 2016, laid the groundwork for a Four Corners story on juvenile detention that prompted the calling of a Royal Commission. Like Elijah Holcombe, Kate grew up in country New South Wales; she now lives and works in Sydney. Waiting for Elijah is her first book.