'Liberty: A History of Civil Liberties in Australia' by James Waghorne and Stuart MacIntyre was officially launched on Wednesday 5 October 2011 at the Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne. It was launched by Rob Hulls, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Opposition,Shadow Minister for Education

This book is available to purchase from the Liberty Office for $50. All proceeds to Liberty Victoria.


LIBERTY Victoria hosts and a number of events throughout the year. 
The Liberty Victoria Voltaire Award is presented annually to a person or organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to free speech. The 2012 recipient was journalist David Marr. The 2011 recipients were Wikileaks and Julian Assange. The 2010 recipient was the Melbourne International Film Festival. Previous recipients include GetUp!; Julian Burnside AO QC and Kate Durham; Margaret Pomeranz; Richard Ackland; and Stephen Mayne. The Voltaire Award originated with the organisation 'Free Speech Victoria', which merged with Liberty Victoria in 2009, and is presented at a dinner held annually around July-August.

Liberty presents the annual Alan Missen Oration in memory of the late Senator Alan Missen. In 2010 Liberty joined forces with the Melbourne Writers Festival. Previous Orators include Frank Moorhouse, the Rev. Tim Costello, Waled Aly, Anne Funder, David Marr, Fred Chaney, Senator Bob Brown, and Julian Burnside.

Liberty holds a number of other events each year, from film night fundrasiers, public speaking events, book launches, and events to support other organisations such as the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival; the Victorian Law Foundation's Law Week, Refugee Week, and more. 

In addition Liberty hosts seminars, forums, volunteer evenings and other events focused on issues to do with civil liberties and human rights.

Please read on for a list of past events held by Liberty Victoria

Past Liberty Victoria Events


  • Victorian Council for Civil Liberties Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 20 November 2012 Guest Speaker: Tamar Hopkins. solicitor at the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre in Melbourne’s inner-westHeld at: DLA Piper | 140 William Street | Melbourne 3000
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: Wednesday 17 October. Public Speaking Event: Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director Association for Civil Rights Israel (ACRI).  North Melbourne. "The Role of ACRI in arguing himan rights matters before the Israeli High Court.'
  • ALAN MISSEN ORATION: Saturday 25 August 2012 at the Melbourne Writers Festival, sponsored by Liberty Victoria.. Kwame Anthony Appiah President of the American PEN Center, explored the importance of imaginative literature in sustaining cultural interactions both across and within societies, which energise the global movement in support of human rights. Appiah was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama earlier this year and is an internationally renowned philosopher, currently teaching at Princeton University.

  • ANNUAL VOLTAIRE AWARD DINNER was held Saturday 6th August 2012 at San Remo ballroom Carlton. The recipient of the 2012 Voltaire award was David Marr, journalist and asylum seeker advocate
  • FILM NIGHT: premier of the film le Havre at the Cinema Nova on 15 March 2012
  • ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Tuesday 22nd November 2011 5.30-6.30pm. DLA Piper Australia (formerly DLA Phillip Fox), William Street Melbourne. Keynote SpeakerL David Manne
  • ALAN MISSEN ORATION 2011. Richard Flanagan orated the closing night address of the Melbourne Writers Festival. 'The Decline of Love and the Rise of Non Freedom' Sunday 4th September 6.30pm BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square.VIEW ADDRESS HERE
  • VOLTAIRE AWARD DINNER 2011. Presented to Wikileaks and Julian Assange while in house arrest in England. The award dinner was held Saturday 6th August at the San Remo Ballroom, North Calrton. The flyer may be viewed HERE and the media release HERE
  • PUBLIC LECTURE: 'Cyprus: A Fifty Year Old Republic at Risk?' by Dr Van Coufoudakis, Monday 27th June 2011 at fortyfivedownstairs. FLYER
      • COMEDY EVENING: 'Law v Order', Wednesday 18th May 2011, Cherry Bar, Melbourne CBD. View the flyer HERE
      • EXHIBITION: 'People Smugglers, Friend or Foe?' 18th April to 8th May 2011, Jewish Museum of Australia, St Kilda.View the flyer HERE
      • FORUM: 'Wikileaks and Free Speech Forum'. Was held Friday 4th February 2011 at BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne. View the recorded forum HERE, including a speech by Julian Assange, and the flyer HERE
      • AGM: Held Tuesday 23rd November 2011. Please click HERE to view the invitation that was sent to all members or visit our homepage to vie the inspiring speech made on the night by Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
      • ALAN MISSEN ORATION. 'Privacy, do we Need it?'. Friday 13th September 2010. IN partnership with the Alan Missen Foundation and the Melbourne Writers Festival
        • VOLTAIRE AWARD DINNER 2010. Presented to the Melbourne International Film Festival by Julian Burnside AO QC. MC Julian Morrow from 'The Chasers War on Everything'. Saturday 17th July 2010.
        • PUBLIC LECTURE. Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. In conjunction with Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Thursday 13 May 2010
        • FILM NIGHT: Welcome, 24th March 2010
        • GEORGE BIZOS SC LECTURE, Sofitel Melbourne, 5 March 2010: 'Human Rights in South Africa'
          • ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Capitol Theatre, 23 November 2009
            • 2009 ALAN MISSEN ORATION: Capitol Theatre, oration by Tim Costello AO and premier performance of Ross Edwards' Exile, 23 November 2009
            • FILM NIGHT: Eden is West, 19 August 2009
            • VOLTAIRE AWARD AND ANNUAL DINNER: Windsor Hotel, hosted by Julia Zemiro, 18 July 2009
            • FILM NIGHT: Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas, 15 April 2009
            • ALLAN MISSEN ORATION: Waleed Aly, Melbourne Town Hall, 12 September 2008
            • FILM NIGHT: Waltz with Bashir, 2 September 2008
            • SEMINARS: The Wolfgang Sievers Human Rights Forum Series at fortyfivedownstairs, July - September 2008