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Conference Resources


This page serves as an archive of resources for the Australian Ally Conference 2018, held at Curtin University on the 27th and 28th of September 2018.

Click here to Download the Conference Report

Pre Conference Interviews with media sponsor RTR FM

Professor Baden Offord – “The Australian Ally conference happening at Curtin University in September is set to invoke a national conversation on the direction of LGBTIQ+ activism since the same sex marriage victory. One of the organisers of the event Professor Baden Offord stopped into the All Things Queer studio to talk about the event, his own research, and his morning spent with Desmond Tutu.”

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG – CHRE Patron and former high court justice and champion of human rights, spoke about LGBTQIA+ rights as human rights, the role of allies, and the role of universities and work places in supporting queer youth.

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli – RTR FM spoke to Maria about her wide ranging work as a writer, researcher, lecturer, and consultant in cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity in health and education, and what she’ll be talking about at the Australian Ally Conference 2018.

Jax Jacki Brown – Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ+ rights activist, writer and educator. Jax provides a powerful insight into the reasons why society needs to change, rather than people with disabilities.

Commissioner Ro Allen – Commissioner Ro Allen is Victoria’s first Gender & Sexuality Commissioner. Commissioner Allen joined RTR FM to talk about how their role came to be and what they’ve been doing with it.

Morgan Carpenter – Morgan Carpenter is co-executive director of Intersex Human Rights Australia and a PhD candidate at University of Sydney. Morgan joined RTR FM to talk about the issues faced by people with intersex variations and how we can be better allies.

Senator Louise Pratt –  Senator Louise Pratt, who was recently appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities and Equality, was interviewed by Misty and Hen who asked her what she hoped to achieve in the new role.

Other post conference media and reports

Max Vos, ‘A Few Takeaways From This Year’s Australian Ally Conference‘, Grok Online, 1 October 2018

Laurence Barber, ‘Liberal Senator Dean Smith Calls Morrison’s Gender Whisperer Comments “Unfortunate”‘, Star Observer, 2 October 2018

Cherie Tiglias, Alcoa’s inclusion and diversity leader speaks up, Alcoa News online, 2 October 2018

Jill Burgess, Alcoa’s diversity and inclusion leader speaks up at Australian Ally Network ConferenceMandurah Coastal Times, 4 October 2018

Barrie Shannon – LGBTI Representative, NUPSA Executive Member Conference Attendance Report (PDF)

Curtin Annual Human Rights Lecture, Resources and Media

Presentation by The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, ‘Beyond Marriage Equality & Skin Curling‘, Curtin University, 28 September 2018


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Media coverage

Victoria Laurie, ‘Michael Kirby questions Morrison’s ‘love’ for gay citizens‘, The Australian, 29 September 2018

Graeme Watson, ‘Michael Kirby: The ‘jury’s out’ on Morrison’s love for LGBTI Australians‘, OUTinPerth, 29 September 2018

Michael Kirby, ‘Jury still out: Does Scott Morrison love gays?’ Sydney Morning Herald; The Age; Brisbane Times, 30 September 2018. Extract from the Curtin Annual Human Rights Lecture.

Cameron Myles, ‘Religious freedom laws must not discriminate, former High Court justice warns’,  WA Today; Brisbane Times; The Sydney Morning Herald; The Age;  30 September 2018

Delivering the 2018 annual human rights lecture at Curtin University in Perth on Friday 28 September, former High Court Justice Michael Kirby outlined the legal wash-up from last year’s same-sex marriage plebiscite and subsequent amendment to the Australian Marriage Act.

Former Judge Michael Kirby Concerned By Delay Of Religious Freedom Report‘, Q News Magazine, 2 October 2018

Delivering the 2018 annual human rights lecture at Curtin University in Perth last Friday, former High Court Justice Michael Kirby addressed last year’s legislation of same-sex marriage and the current debate about religious freedom.