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March 3, 2017

Thank you to all the people who contributed to making this year’s social justice dinner a great success.

 More than 280 people attended last night’s sold-out event at Doltone House, Jones Bay Warf.

 The evening was hosted by Zoe Norton Lodge (The Checkout), with special guests Sarah Ferguson (Four Corners) and Tony Jones (Q and A).

 In his speech, PIAC CEO, Jonathon Hunyor, highlighted the importance of PIAC’s social justice work: ‘at the heart of [PIAC’s] work is changing the daily reality of the lives of people who are disadvantaged and marginalised’. He noted the challenges facing those working for social justice at a time when the politics of fear was ascendant and when deep cuts are about to be made to the community legal sector.

“PIAC could see our legal assistance funding cut by up to 52% – a cut of over $660,000” – Jonathon Hunyor #PIACdinner17 #fundequaljustice

After dinner, guests were entertained by Tony Jones and Sarah Ferguson in a rare ‘in conversation’ appearance. Tony spoke candidly about his early career as a journalist working for local papers, as well as his work at Four Corners and Q and A.

Tony Jones on becoming a journalist, ‘not smart enough to become a lawyer or rich enough to become PM’ #PIACdinner17 

Tony Jones and Sarah Ferguson.

We are grateful for the generous support of many people who donated prizes, bid in the online auction, and made donations. The night raised much-needed funding for our policy and legal advocacy.

We are especially grateful to guest Ivan O’Mahoney whose red trousers were spontaneously auctioned by Sarah Ferguson, raising $400!

We also extend sincere thanks to our major sponsor, the Law Society and sponsors Minter Ellison, Baker McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Macquarie Group and Lawcover.

A selection of photos from the evening are available on our Facebook page.

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