2022 Social Justice Dinner

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.

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: Wednesday 27 April 2022

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Doltone House, Hyde Park

Dress code: Cocktail / Lounge Suit


For enquiries about your invitation or booking, please contact:
Briana Ewing [email protected] 0406 123 432

Master of Ceremonies: Jess Hill

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist and the author of See What You Made Me Do and the Quarterly Essay The Reckoning: How #MeToo is Changing Australia. She has been a producer for ABC Radio and journalist for Background Briefing, and Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail. Her reporting on domestic abuse has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards. See What You Made Me Do won the 2020 Stella Prize and the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Special 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.”

If you are unable to join us at the dinner but would like to support PIAC


PIAC Fundraising Committee

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

PIAC is continuing to monitor COVID-19 and advice from government and NSW Health. All arrangements for this year’s Social Justice Dinner will comply with the NSW Government’s Public Health Orders and follow COVID-safe practices. Health advice confirms that the best way to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19 is to be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be a condition of entry to the Dinner for all guests, staff and suppliers. As part of the arrival process, visitors will be directed to scan the QR Code to check in and display their proof of vaccination.

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