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Letter of Support from The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

A message from The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG

I am pleased to offer my support to the Australian Ally Conference 2016.

LGBTIQ people continue to live with social exclusion and homophobia in broader society, in their studies and in the workplace. It is through education and networks, such as the Ally Networks that these attitudes and experiencesare changed. Australia’s universities have a significant role to play in educating their students about the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Universities also have a leading role as major employers’ in ensuring they promote best practice and equity in the workplace. By creating a respectful and supportive culture the universities’ Ally networks contribute substantially to that environment and change.

I would like to congratulate Western Sydney University and the University of Newcastle for their leadership in organising this, the inaugural Higher Education Ally Conference and I wish you and your delegates every success.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Retired Justice of High Court
Chair of the UN Commission on North Korea