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Penalties and Purpose

A panel discussion on the death penalty, incarceration and rehabilitation, facilitated by award-winning journalist Ginny Stein.

The fate of the Bali 9 and the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan provoked strong feeling and much debate about the global use of the death penalty, and the prospect of rehabilitation and redemption.

Facilitated by award-winning journalist Ginny Stein, the panel will discuss these issues and related questions for Australia about the purpose, impacts and aftermath of incarceration.

Panel members

  • Julian McMahon SC – Barrister, President of Reprieve Australia and campaigner against the death penalty.
  • Dr Amanda Porter – A descendant of the Brinja clan of the Yuin nation and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research, the University of Technology Sydney. Her published and ongoing research is mainly focused on the politics of policing and police reform since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. She is an editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Ngiya: Talk the Law and the Journal of Indigenous Policy.
  • Tasneem Chopra – Human rights activist, author and cross-cultural consultant. Through her consultancy, she speaks across the private and public sector to issues of cultural competence, diversity, leadership and intersectional discrimination.

Penalties and Purpose is offered as part of The Human Condition, a suite of public programs that invite the community to explore the many difficult themes and questions emerging from the works exhibited as part of Another Day in Paradise and the associated story.

This event is free to attend, but please reserve your seat online to avoid disappointment.


Event starts
Saturday 24 March, 2018
Event Ends
Saturday 24 March, 2018
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Venue Address
137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT 2900

Canberra, Greenway

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