Forbes Society – 2022 Plunkett Lecture Thursday 27 October and other events


The 2022 Plunkett Lecture 'The Unlikely Reformer: Sir John Latham and the Australian Constitution' will be presented by Dr Patrick Graham (School of Law, University of New England) on Thursday, 27 October 2022 at 5.15pm in Court 13A. Dr Simon Chapple, Secretary of the Forbes Society, will chair the lecture.

The Society is very grateful to Chief Justice Bell for use of Supreme Court facilities. No registration is necessary for in person attendance. If you are unable to attend in person, for online viewing please register here. After registering you will receive an email confirmation which contains the viewing link.

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We welcome new member applications – a renewal/application form is available here. The Society encourages and promotes research into Australian legal history via the Francis Forbes Fund. Projects supported by the Fund are detailed in the note here with further information about the Plunkett Lecture and other forthcoming events, including:

  • Thursday 10 November 2022 – joint presentation with the Ngara Yura Committee by Chief Justice McCallum “The impact of protectionist policies on First Nations people” (Court 1, Federal Court)
  • Tuesday 22 November 2022 – Legal history tutorial by Declan Noble (Associate to Kirk JA) “A partial history of the Public Law Injunction in Australia” (Court 13A)

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