Australia is one of the few developed nations that has managed to grow by accepting new migrants. Although most communities gradually adapt to life in their new country, some communities take a little longer to become acquainted with the laws of the land and to understand when those laws differ from the laws governing their own cultural and religious beliefs.
Justice Margaret Beazley shared her experiences on our evolving society based on her experiences from behind the bench.
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Guest Moderator – Andrew West
Andrew West is a long-time journalist and broadcaster. He has been a senior reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald and The Australian. He is the author of Bob Carr: A Self Made Man (Harper Collins, 2003) and a satirical study of class in Australia, Inside The Lifestyles of the Rich and Tasteful (Macmillan/Pluto, 2006). His study of Kevin Rudd’s faith was chosen for The Best Australian Political Writing (MUP, 2008) and his work has appeared in leading international publications, including The New York Times, The South China Morning Post, The Monthly, and The Christian Science Monitor, where he was a contributing correspondent. In 2009 he presented and produced The New Politics for RN’s Background Briefing. Andrew was an editor and reporter in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA Hons., politics and modern history) and Columbia University in New York City (MSc.), which he attended on an International Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. In 2013, the alumni of the University of Sydney elected Andrew a Fellow of the Senate, the university’s governing body.
The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO
Her Honour attended the Sydney Law School graduating with Honours in Law in 1974 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 14 March 1975. She was appointed a Queens Counsel in 1989. In 1993, her Honour was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 1996 she was the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and in March 2013 was appointed President of the Court of Appeal. She is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre and President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Her Honour was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards and to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In May 2008, her Honour was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney.