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For Kate

Michael Bradley, Jo Dyer & Samantha Maiden hosted by Julia Baird

How can we find justice for friends who can no longer speak for themselves?
A friend, a lawyer, and a journalist explore the profound commitment of friendship and collective action.

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“Kate is not here anymore but she did entrust her story to us”

Jo Dyer

Friends try to hold power to account

In a posthumous letter, "Kate" accused federal MP and Minister for Industry Christian Porter of raping her as a young woman. Following her death, Kate’s friends have campaigned to have her accusations investigated.

This event unites those central to the fight: the friend (Jo Dyer), the lawyer (Michael Bradley), and the journalist who broke major parts of the story (Samantha Maiden). Each will reveal their insights into how the pursuit of justice unfolded, its cultural impact, and how we can seek political accountability.

Moderated by Julia Baird, this will be a big conversation about feminism and the law, friendship and power, hope and action. What responsibility do we have to our friends, our loved ones, and our community?

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Jo Dyer is currently Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week. One of Australia’s leading arts producers, Jo has held leadership roles across the Australian cultural industry, including at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Writers’ Festival. As a film producer, Jo’s films have twice been nominated for Best Film at Australia’s AACTA awards and have won awards across the globe. In 2021 she has been central to the campaign for an independent inquiry into Kate's rape allegations.

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Michael Bradley is the managing partner and one of the founders of Marque Lawyers, a commercial law firm in Sydney which was created with the ambition to change the way law is practised. Michael is also a widely published writer on legal and social justice issues, with a regular column in Crikey as well as articles in The Drum, The Saturday Paper, The AFR and New Matilda. He was Kate’s lawyer at the time of her death.

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Samantha Maiden is the political editor for news.com.au. A press gallery veteran, she has covered federal politics for more than 20 years, including for The Australian and NewsCorp's Sunday papers. Her career began in South Australia, where she edited Adelaide University's student newspaper On Dit in 1992. She is a regular guest on ABC's Insiders and The Project. Her first book, Party Animals was published in 2020. Her career highlights also include being called a "mad witch" by Peter Dutton.

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Julia Baird is a globally renowned author and award-winning journalist. She hosts The Drum on ABC TV and writes columns for The New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. After taking up a fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, she became a columnist and senior editor at Newsweek in New York. Her third book is Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder, and Things That Sustain You When the World Goes Dark. She lives near the sea with two children, a tyrannical cat and an abnormally large dog.

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Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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