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2011 John Marsden Lecture – Secrets and Spies: ASIO and Civil Liberties

* SYDNEY

  • Monday 14 November 2011, 6.30pm 
  • Free but RSVP required

The annual John Marsden Lecture is an initiative of the NSW Council of Civil Liberties to honour the late John Marsden who was long time President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, President of the NSW Law Society and champion of law reform for sexual minorities.

CNNNN & The Chaser’s Julian Morrow, will MC the evening and offer his own unique views on the topic.

The Hon. Dr Meredith Burgmann, former NSW Legislative Council President, accomplished author, academic and commentator, will delve into the strange and shadowy world of Australia’s secret police when she delivers the 2011 John Marsden Lecture.

Dr Burgmann says her lecture – Secrets and Spies: ASIO and Civil Liberties – will consider the role of secret police in contemporary Australia while offering a fascinating insight into the operations of the Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the NSW Police Special Branch during 1960s and 1970s.

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Dr Burgmann’s anti-Vietnam, anti Apartheid, environmental and Aboriginal rights activism resulted in 21 arrests and lengthy ASIO and Special Branch files. She is presently working on a book about well known Australians and their ASIO files.

The Grand Lodge Room, Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney
RSVP: office@nswccl.org.au | (02) 9286 3767

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