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Looking Back... Looking Forward

Presenter: 
Dame Roma Mitchell
Date and time: 
11 October, 1989 - 14:00

"In this address I have been invited to look back and to look forward. Sometimes, when I stand rooted in the present and survey the situation, I see all the areas in which there is much to be done to ensure their appropriate human rights to all Australians and I find myself inclined to think that we have not made great progress. But, when I look back over my more than fifty years experience in the legal profession, I realize that the advances have been tremendous. That does not mean that those of us who are willing to carry the banner for human rights can afford to relax; but it is only by looking back that we appreciate what has been gained, and it has been gained mainly as a result of legislation and the education programmes which have ensued."

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