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RKWN & VWL event: Integrity in the Public Sector

Panel discussion - reflections on anti-corruption initiatives, gender and power.


Victorian Women Lawyers and Russell Kennedy Women's Network are delighted to invite you to an exciting panel discussion moderated by Joanna Austin, Principal Lawyer at the Independent Board-based Anti-corruption Commission.

Corruption in government damages the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector and undermines public confidence in government.  Studies also show that willingness to ‘speak out’ about corrupt conduct, faith that concerns will be properly addressed, and fears of retaliation, are influenced by factors such as organisational power structures, gender and perceptions of ‘protective boys’ clubs.’

Government lawyers have a special responsibility to not only maintain their ethical duties as lawyers, but also uphold public trust through commitment to values such as integrity, impartiality and accountability.  This seminar will explore the impact of unethical and corrupt conduct on the administration of government, and on the lives of those who are willing, or are forced, to ‘blow the whistle


  • Doris Gibb, Acting Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman;
  • Professor Anona Armstrong AM, Research and Research Training, Victoria University; and
  • Bonita Mersiades, publisher, writer and 'whistleblower'.

RKWN Host: Riaza Rigby, Russell Kennedy Lawyer in State and Federal Government and RKWN Committee Member

Both women and men are welcome to attend. 

Please see the flyer for further details.


Event Details

Tuesday 18 July 2017

  • 7.15am: Registration, breakfast & networking
  • 7.45am - 8.45am: Panel discussion

Russell Kennedy, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street Melbourne   

Free for VWL members; $10 for non-members.

For more information please contact Bridget McDowall via email rkwn@rk.com.au

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