When Michael Kirby retired from the High Court in 2009, he was Australia’s longest-serving judge. But it’s not his time on the bench that makes him so beloved; rather it’s his long record of human rights activism, his dynamic engagement with the law – and his courage in bringing his long-hidden private life into the public eye.
In this video, Kirby speaks with biographer (and documentary filmmaker) Daryl Dellora about his early life, European temperaments and his position on various Australian discrimination debates. Plus, fielding questions from the audience, he artfully avoids dispensing legal advice regarding some eerily lifelike political hypotheticals.
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