2019

The Sir James Martin Oration

By The Hon. Justice Virginia Bell AC

When James Martin was sworn in as the fourth Chief Justice of the Colony, his appointment was welcomed as that of the “first Australian Chief Justice”.

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2018

A Tale of Two Ships: the MV Tampa and the SS Afghan

By The Hon. Justice Stephen Gageler AC

This oration tells the tale of two events of constitutional significance: the arrival in 1888 of steamer the SS Afghan into Sydney Harbour and the entry in 2001 of Norwegian containership the MV Tampa into Australian territorial waters.

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2017

Leadership and Public Trust: the binding forces of democracy

By The Hon. Robert French AC

Contemporary Australia does not do a lot to celebrate those leaders of the Australian colonies who created the conditions for one of the world’s most successful and durable representative democracies.

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2016

Inaugural Sir Martin Oration

by The Hon. Thomas Frederick Bathurst AC CJ

Martin is remembered as the first Australian Premier and Chief Justice, and the only person to have occupied both positions.

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