Join us for the Inaugural Edmund Barton Lecture, a new series of annual events where we will commemorate the legacy of Australia’s first prime minister and how his political vision helped to create modern Australia.
Edmund Barton is best known as Australia’s first Prime Minister but he was a prodigious political force in the decades before and after. In 1879, as a young barrister, he successfully stood for election to the NSW Parliament and later served as Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly. In the 1890s, as NSW Attorney General, he became a leading figure in the movement for Federation and an Australian Constitution. Barton was appointed Australia’s first prime minister in 1901 and in 1903 became one of the three founding Justices of the High Court of Australia.
In the first of the series, our panel of speakers, including NSW Attorney General the Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP, NSW District Court Judge and former NSW Attorney General the Hon. John Hatzistergos AM, and former NSW Attorney General the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP will explore the role of the Attorney General in Australia’s Westminster system of government.
When: 5:30 – 6:30pm, Tuesday September 21, 2021