Law Week Panel Discussion

Thursday 20th May, 2021 5:30 pm – Thursday 20th May, 2021 7:30 pm
Anzac House
28 St Georges Terrace Perth

Bookings are closed for this event. For enquiries, please call the membership team on (08) 9324 8692 or email

The Women Should Have a Voice: The future of women’s social justice in WA

Marking the centenary of Edith Cowan’s election as the first woman in Parliament in 1921, this panel event looks ahead at the work still to be done. Cowan’s legacy of social justice advocacy is vast, but incomplete. While Cowan vowed to represent the interests of women and children during her time in Parliament and her community work from the 1890s reflects her advocacy for the protection of mothers and children, in 2021 we reflect on the silences of history and give voice to those who were not protected. As the groundswell of the modern women’s movement rises again, it is a timely reflection of Cowan as a woman of her time, what she achieved, who were excluded and how much is yet to be addressed and achieved today.

Facilitated by Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Perth, Sandy Anghie, this panel will present the voices of leading advocates working in the social justice arena advocating for change, law reform and equality for all women.

Panellists include

  • Dr Christine Cunningham, Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator for the School of Education, Edith Cowan University
  • Ms Krista Dunstan, WA Investment and Trade Commissioner for ASEAN
  • Emeritus Professor Carmen Lawrence, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychological Science, UWA
  • Mr Conrad Liveris, Director, In Her Seat
  • Dr Carolyn Tan, In-House Legal Counsel, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ms Toni Church, Curator, Old Court House Law Museum

Guests will enjoy complimentary finger food and one beverage. Cash bar available thereafter.

FREE for the community and legal profession.

For enquiries, please call the membership team on (08) 9324 8692 or email

Delivered in association with the Karrakatta Club.

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