The Annual Plunkett Lecture

The Plunkett Centre for Ethics is delighted to present the 2016 Plunkett Lecture:

John Hubert Plunkett

The Martin Luther King of colonial Australia and prosecutor of the Myall Creek massacre trials

By Mark Tedeschi AM QC

NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor and author of Murder at Myall Creek

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm (refreshments to follow lecture)
Venue: Function Room, St Vincent’s Clinic, Level 4, 438 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

John Hubert Plunkett was the first Catholic Solicitor General and Attorney General of NSW, and presided over the infamous Myall Creek massacre trials – a landmark case in the Australian legal system. He was a leader in establishing civil rights in Australia and his legacy remains relevant today. Tedeschi calls him the “Martin Luther King” of Colonial Australia.


Past Plunkett Lectures

Lectures from more recent years, together with invited speakers, are listed below. Recorded lectures can be accessed via the topic link.

Year Lecturer Topic
2015 Associate Professor Justin Oakley, Monash University What should surgical patients be told? The value and limits of medical transparency.
2014     Professor Wendy Rogers, Macquarie University Overdiagnosis: when too much medicine is bad for your health!
2013     Dr Steve Matthews, ACU Musical memories and the way we were: musical therapy in progressive cognitive impairment.
2012 Dr Andrew McGee, Queensland University of Technology My brain, my mind, my body: implications for stem cell research, end of life and organ donation.
2011 Dr Paul Biegler,  Monash University The ethical treatment of depression: shortcomings in contemporary practice.
2010 Dr John Forge, University of Sydney The responsible scientist: ethical challenges of research and practice.
2009 Prof Greg Craven, ACU and Mr Edward Santow, University of Sydney Human rights laws: a benefit to patients, participants in research, residents in nursing homes?