On 2 May 2011, the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG delivered the inaugural Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture entitled “My Journey with Social Justice”.
In June 2010, Sandy Duncanson, the principal solicitor of the Tenants' Union of Tasmania, died aged 37, after surviving cancer for 16 years. The lecture will officially launch the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Bursary to continue Sandy’s passion for social justice.
Recognising Sandy’s profound commitment to social justice, his friends and family have established a fund that will grant a bursary each year to a UTAS student, to support a social justice project or activity. In 2002 Sandy visited Woomera Detention Centre and interviewed refugees seeking asylum. At the time he was still a law student and this experience had a lasting impact, inspiring Sandy to dedicate his working life to social justice. The bursaries allocated by the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund will give others the opportunity to have their lives enriched by such an experience. It will also encourage more UTAS graduates to pursue careers with ethical integrity.
The fund has made a great start but needs all Tasmanians with an interest and belief in social justice to contribute. Find out more details or donate to the Sandy Duncanson Fund
The Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture will be an annual lecture co-hosted by the Faculty of Law and the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society.