The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture
The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was established in 1993 to mark the arrival of the first group of Bachelor of Laws students at the University of Newcastle. It is a welcome to first year law students which is delivered by an eminent lawyer each academic year.
Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture 2013
This year the guest speaker for the Lecture was The Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, Federal Member for Gellibrand.
The subject of her lecture was 'Breathing value into your law degree'.
Ms Roxon was elected the Federal Member for Gellibrand in Melbourne's West in 1998 when she was 32.
Nicola has a First Class Honours Law degree and Arts degree from the University of Melbourne, and graduated top of her law class in 1990.
Prior to her election, Nicola was an associate to the nation's first female High Court Justice, Mary Gaudron, and an industrial lawyer who acted in the high profile waterfront dispute.
Nicola served as Minister for Health and Ageing in the Labor Government from 2007-2011 and then as the first female Attorney-General from December 2011 until February 2013.
During her Ministerial term she oversaw major health reforms, including the introduction of plain packaging for all tobacco products sold in Australia and successfully defended a challenge to those laws in Australia's High Court.
She has received national and international awards in recognition of her public health work.
For a list of previous Sir Ninian Stephen lectures, click here (PDF, 29KB).