Imagine you’ve been spied on for years, then you get a chance to peek into your files. That’s just what Anne Summers, Michael Kirby and Elizabeth Evatt did when they read through their ASIO folders. What they found, and how they felt about it, makes for profound, sometimes humorous, reading in Dirty Secrets. They talk with the book’s editor Meredith Burgmann about how they confronted – and sometimes reclaimed – their pasts in this book where those being watched look right back.
Supported by K&L Gates.
Anne Summers (Australian)
Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author and journalist with a long career in politics, the media, business and non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She is author of several books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, her autobiography Ducks on the Pond, The End of Equality, On Luck, The Lost Mother and The Misogyny Factor. She writes on politics and social issues for newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald. She is the editor and publisher of the digital magazine Anne Summers Reports and she hosts Anne Summers Conversations, public events where she engages in discussion with well-known people. Her first such conversation was with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in late 2013, the second was with Tim Flannery in February 2014. annesummers.com.au
Dr Meredith Burgmann was radicalised at Sydney University by the Vietnam War and was one of the leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, infamously receiving a two month gaol sentence for disrupting a Springbok match in 1971. She taught industrial relations at Macquarie University for 18 years and was a Labor Member of the Legislative Council of the NSW parliament for 16 years.
Elizabeth Evatt (Australian)
Elizabeth Evatt AC, was Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia, 1976 to 1988, and President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, 1988 to 1993. From 1984 to 1992 she was a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination; she chaired the Committee from 1989-1991. From 1993 to 2000 she was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. Currently she is a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists, based in Geneva.
Michael Kirby (Australian)
Michael Kirby, a past Justice of the High Court of Australia, is one of Australia's leading thinkers and writers. In addition to his long service (1975–2009) in various judicial posts, he has held many UN, Commonwealth and international positions. Including, most recently, as Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. michaelkirby.com.au