$50 – $300

Free speech at work: Folau, Banerji and beyond?

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The Australian National University

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Canberra, ACT 0200

Australia

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These events will take place as part of the 2020 ACT Law Week. 5 CPD points are available for the one-day conference.

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The ability of employees to speak freely, both in public and private sector contexts, is increasingly being challenged. In 2019, the High Court of Australia endorsed the validity of the Department of Immigration’s termination of a public servant for her anonymous tweets. Until a recent settlement, the Federal Circuit Court was hearing Israel Folau’s challenge to his dismissal by Rugby Australia over controversial social media posts. These cases give rise to complex and often unsettled legal questions, at the intersection of employment law, constitutional law and anti-discrimination law. As the distinction between at-work and off-duty continues to blur in modern workplaces, it is unlikely these challenges will fade.

Where should the lines be drawn? Is it possible to reconcile employees' speech rights with the interests of employers? This timely and innovative conference will consider these issues from practical, theoretical, policy and comparative perspectives.

Thursday 14 May

6.00pm - 7.30pm, Public Panel Discussion - FREE EVENT

As a precursor to our one-day conference, ANU Law will host a public panel discussion on the topic of free speech in the work place followed by a networking reception.

Following an opening keynote address by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, join Josh Bornstein, Maurice Blackburn; Kate Eastman SC, New Chambers; and Rosalind Croucher AM, Australian Human Rights Commission as they debate this topical issue.

Moderated by Damien Carrick, ABC, this event will be recorded for broadcast on ABC's Law Report.

Friday 15 May

8.30am - 4.30pm, Conference - PAID EVENT

This event will kick off with a session exploring the context surrounding the vexing issue of workplace-related speech. Throughout the morning, our expert panels will delve into the constitutional and practical implications of recent court judgments for both the public and private sectors. After lunch, our international speakers will provide insight into how different jurisdictions have grappled with free speech issues and the outcomes of these cases. Our final panel of the day will look to the future and reflect on how parliament, government, employers and the judiciary might seek to resolve the tension between employer interests and employee speech.

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Canberra, ACT 0200

Australia

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