The next Whitlam Oration will be delivered by one of Australia’s most eminent lawyers, Bret Walker SC. Bret is not only highly respected for his fierce intellect, he is also known for pursuing projects of conviction. A past President of the NSW Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia, he was Australia’s first Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.
“Bret Walker is widely acknowledged as one of the finest legal minds in Australia. He is renowned as a skillful advocate and writer, not only in the law but also in hard and critically important issues of contemporary politics and governance.” – the Hon. John Faulkner, Whitlam Institute Chair.
The Whitlam Oration is the Whitlam Institute’s flagship event, and will attract an audience of leaders in Australian politics, business, civil society, the policy community and members of the public. Whitlam Orators address a theme that reflects the issues Gough Whitlam championed during his public life, and previous speakers include Noel Pearson, Malcolm Fraser, Julia Gillard, Graham Freudenberg and most recently, Australia’s first Ambassador to China, Stephen FitzGerald.