Michael Kirby on May Day and the state of worker’s rights in 2012

High Court Justice Michael Kirby AC AMC is Australia’s longest serving Judge. He was Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission, the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission. He was first appointed to the Federal Court of Australia before being appointed to the High Court on 1996, serving for 13 years.

Michael Kirby has a long and proud history of writing dissenting judgements, including his 2006 judgement that the federal government’s WorkChoices legislation was a invalid exercise of constitutional power, saying  “…the idea of a fair go that was at the heart of federal workplace laws is destroyed which has the potential to affect the core values that shaped the Australian Community and Economy.”

Catherine Zengerer was lucky enough to talk to him just before his 2012 SA May Day address.

[audio https://czengerer.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/michael-kirby-edit.mp3]

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This interview first appeared on Your Rights at Night

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