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Spend the night with Julian Burnside AO QC


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 kearns@mpchambers.net.au 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 www.defendant5.com or email info@darklakeproductions.com.au
Heidi Lee Douglas Director – Defendant 5: The Fall of the House of Gunns

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  1. Melanie

    July 30, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Plenty similarities between the control Gunns attempted to exert over Tasmanians & that which the new envirocracy/logging industry hydra are trying to exert over dissenters.

    Similar characters, similar objectives, same affiliations, same ruthless myopia & same terror experienced by those on the wrong end of big logging.

    Only difference now is Logging inc’s attempt to stamp out environmental protest in Tasmania is backed by big enviro’s in a clumsy & dirty deal to save forests.

    Supporter of the TFA Heidi?

    I wonder what Julian would make of the TFA’s durability clause?

  2. Heidi

    July 21, 2013 at 1:47 am

    HI Paul

    Just to clarify, the documentary is told from my perspective. Its a deeply personal account of what happened to me. I was named as defendant number 5 – each defendant was given a number in the original writ.

  3. Claire Gilmour

    July 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Seems to me, whilst the names and strategy have changed, the underlying “silencing” remains. Except now we have what use to be team players also trying to silence under the banner of hope, but not reality. Instead of suing, the players of today try and use ridicule, try scary tactics of leaving gummy sharks on bridges, say things online – even that suggest they wished some would have lost everything, ultimately died; and if all that fails, use whatever spurious, un-substantiated law to try and control. These days, they try and push people right to the edge. These days it’s apparently become a global phenomenon of giving, indeed gifting the users and abusers of our Tasmanian forests to the corporate … under the guise of ‘durability’! How the hell did that happen?

    I sincerely hope something decent comes out of this expert panel looking into and interested in freedom of speech and “environmental justice, human rights and corporate responsibility”, because the way things are currently going I and others are going to need a decent hand to help and hold.

  4. Paul de Burgh-Day

    July 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    GUNNS FIVE ????
    What happened to the other FIFTEEN of the GUNNS TWENTY?

    I for one will stay quiet until I see it for myself – in the hope that it presents an accurate picture of what really happened.

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