In Conversation with Jon Faine: The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO

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Join Jon Faine AM as he interviews The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO. You are invited to register to watch the livestream.

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Few people have filled as many vital legal roles as Jennifer Coate AO.

Justice Coate has been a solicitor, President of the Children's Court, State Coroner, a commissioner of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and also conducted last year's COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry in Victoria.

Now on the Victorian Law Reform Commission, Justice Coate will share her insights and experience with fellow Monash Law graduate Jon Faine.

In Conversation with Jon Faine deep-dives into the minds of some of Australia’s major movers and shakers as they explore some of the biggest legal, economic and social issues of our time.

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Special Guest: The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO

The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO has held a number of judicial appointments over the last 27 years, including Magistrate, Deputy Chief Magistrate, the inaugural President of the Children’s Court of Victoria, Judge of the County Court of Victoria, and the first female State Coroner of Victoria. In January 2013, Justice Coate was appointed a judge of the Family Court of Australia and thereafter released onto the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, where she served as one of six Commissioners for the five years of that Royal Commission.

Justice Coate has previously held positions as a part-time Victorian Law Reform Commissioner, a solicitor in private practice, a solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria and a legal policy officer in the Attorney General’s office of the Victorian Government. In October 2014, she was appointed as a Fellow of Monash University. In January 2019, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. In April 2020, she was appointed as the Chair of the Victorian Victims of Crime Consultative Committee. She was appointed to the Victorian Law Reform Commission in June 2020 and later that year appointed Chair of the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry.

Interviewer: Jon Faine AM, ABC Broadcaster of the Year, keynote speaker and best-selling author

Jon Faine has been at the forefront of public affairs in Australia throughout his 30-year career. Moderating live-to-air debates on every topic imaginable day after day over decades equips Jon with a sharp mind and quick wit.

He also has a broad knowledge of topics that marks him as a conference facilitator and speaker extraordinaire. Jon is an ABC Broadcaster of the Year and holds multiple media and legal awards. He has also received an Order of Australia and the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Livestream ticket - To receive the link directly to the LinkedIn live or YouTube live. You can submit your questions on both LinkedIn Live and YouTube Live if you have an active account.

How to watch on LinkedIn Live:

✅ Make sure you are following Monash University on LinkedIn: by visiting our profile page and clicking FOLLOW (*you will need a LinkedIn account).

✅ Open LinkedIn a few minutes before our live stream begins.

✅ When we go live, you will receive a notification from LinkedIn and we'll have sent you the link in advance as well.

✅ Have a question for Jon and his guest? Comment on the live stream of this event.

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About the series

In Conversation with Jon Faine features some of Australia’s leading thinkers and doers discussing the major legal, economic and social issues of our time.

Hosted by iconic broadcaster Jon Faine AM, In Conversation is an opportunity to reach beyond the sound bite, take a breath and deep-dive into the minds of some of our community’s major movers and shakers.

Join Jon Faine as he draws upon decades of broadcasting experience to enlighten, to ask those difficult questions, and to have a little fun along the way.

Proudly presented by Monash University.

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