Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture

The Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture was inaugurated in 2001 and was established to provide an opportunity for members of the University and the wider community to reflect on issues of social justice that challenge Australia.

2013 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture 

More than 500 people attended the 2013 Human Rights and Social Lecture on Friday 6 September where Peter FitzSimons presented Harnessing the Power of Sport for a Better World at the University of Newcastle.

If you weren't able to attend, or are keen to revisit Peter's passion on the subject, you can view the lecture here

Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia's most prominent and successful media identities and social commentators. A well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, Peter speaks four languages and has an Arts degree from the University of Sydney, majoring in government and political science.

As the author of 18 best-selling books, Peter was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author in 2001, a feat that he duplicated in 2004, with his book on Kokoda. Peter has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Gough Whitlam through to Kevin Rudd.

In 2011 Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.

The Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture is an initiative of the Equity and Diversity Unit. For information about this lecture series contact

Past speakers of this lecture include feminist, editor and publisher Dr Anne Summers AO; barrister, human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside AO QC; journalist Jeff McMullen AM; and public administrator Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue. 

Watch the 2012 lecture delivered by Dr Anne Summers AO below.

The 2012 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture was delivered by Dr Anne Summers AO on Friday 31 August in the Griffith Duncan Theatre at the University of Newcastle. 

The topic was, Her Rights At Work? The Political Persecution of Australia's First Female Prime Minister.