2022 Social Justice Dinner

40 years of social justice

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is turning 40!

Join us to celebrate 40 years of work by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre to achieve social justice.

We are delighted to have trailblazing barrister Tony McAvoy SC as our guest speaker and one of Australia’s most respected journalists, Fran Kelly as our MC.

Please come and celebrate this important milestone with friends and colleagues passionate about building a fairer, stronger society.

All funds raised go towards PIAC’s work.

Date: Thursday 24 February 2022

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Doltone House, Hyde Park

Dress code: Cocktail/lounge suit

Tickets available until 10 February. Capacity is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.



Guest speaker: Tony McAvoy SC

Tony McAvoy SCTony McAvoy is a Wirdi man from Central Queensland. Among many milestones, he was Australia’s first Indigenous senior counsel, co-counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Youth Detention in the Northern Territory in 2016-17 and is co-chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous legal issues committee. He holds part-time appointment as a Commissioner on the NSW Independent Planning Commission.

Tony was recently appointed Acting Treaty Commissioner in the Northern Territory to oversee a major report outlining the path to a treaty or treaties with First Nations people in the NT. He has extensive experience providing legal advice on treaty matters in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia and is a passionate advocate for treaties and truth-telling commissions to be implemented around Australia.

“Treaties will mean different things to different First Nations, and indeed, different governments…Because after all, that is what they are: agreements between parties.”

“There are a number of matters which a treaty should consider: there is the unfinished business which, the resolution of past conduct. There are issues about how decisions are made going into the future. There are issues of compensation, and … there are issues of land and water access.”

“The treaty process does involve some reckoning of what happened in the past, and sorting out a path forward which gives some safety and security and dignity to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

MC: Fran Kelly

Journalist Fran Kelly is best known for hosting ABC Radio National’s Breakfast for 15 years to December 2021. She has also been Radio National’s Canberra bureau chief, chief political correspondent with AM and PM, political editor for ABC TV’s 7:30, host of ABC TV’s Insiders and the ABC’s Europe correspondent.

Kelly has been recognised by the(sydney)magazine as one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people, described by Crikey as “one of the most influential media players in the country”, and as one of the country’s most influential gay and lesbian Australians. An active feminist, Kelly launched the Australian Human Rights Commission‘s “Same-Sex: Same Entitlements” inquiry in 2007, has been involved with One Just World’s speaker forums, a “Women of the World” forum for WOMADelaide and the “Stand Up Against Poverty” forum in 2009.


If you are unable to join us on 24 February but would like to support PIAC


PIAC Fundraising Committee

John Walker (Chair), Wendy Brooks, Therese Cochrane, Penny Gerstle, Jane Marquard, Ralph Pliner, Ann Sloan, Phillipa Sawyer, Jade Tyrrell.

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