Dear friend,

This is your special exclusive invite to spend the night with Julian Burnside AO QC.

I personally experienced the limitations of Australia’s justice system to protect our right to freedom of speech and public participation during the five years I was being sued by Gunns Ltd. I am now making a documentary about this life changing experience and our team is leading a social change campaign to secure free speech in Australia.

Our upcoming event is a special forum to be held in Sydney on the 31st of July:

Access to Justice and the Right to Public Participation – Lessons learned from the Gunns20 litigation.

We are hosting an expert panel to explore the important social issues raised by the “Gunns20” court case. The case raises numerous cutting-edge issues for lawyers and non-lawyers alike interested in environmental justice, human rights and corporate responsibility.

This is a Continuing Legal Education event and practitioners can claim 2 CLE points for attendance.

Speakers include Gunns20 Defense Counsel leader Julian Burnside AO QC; Academic Sharon Beder, who’s research focuses on how power relationships are maintained and challenged, particularly by corporations and professions; Dr Gerry Bates environmental law academic and former Tasmanian State MP; and Pepe Clarke, Chief Executive Officer for The Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

Date: Wednesday 31 July 2013
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Reserve Bank Building
Level 20, 65 Martin Place, Sydney
Cost: Members of EPLA/SBA: $44.00; Non-Members: $55; Students, Councils and Government Employees: Free

Please RSVP to Ms Michele Kearns by Wednesday 24 July 2013 at or 02 8227 9600. Tickets Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

This event is supported by the Environment Planning and Law Association NSW and Sustainable Business Australia.

I’ll also be previewing my documentary Defendant 5: The Fall of the House of Gunns. We need to raise $20,000 to complete the film so will have donations facilities available at the event. Donations over $250 are tax deductible.

If you can’t attend on the night you can still help by forwarding this email to your friends and colleagues. I look forward to seeing you on the night.

Heidi Lee Douglas
Director – Defendant 5: The Fall of the House of Gunns

To find out more about the documentary go to or email
Heidi Lee Douglas Director – Defendant 5: The Fall of the House of Gunns