GLOBE confirms prestigious judges for the GLOBE Community Awards

The Gay and Lesbian Organisation for Business and Enterprise (GLOBE) has confirmed the support of Journalist, Farrah Tomazin, Melbourne’s Lady Mayoress Emma Page Campbell and The Hon Michael Kirby as judges for the upcoming GLOBE Community Awards.

GLOBE president David Micallef is excited to have the support of such prestigious community representatives to judge Victoria’s only award to recognise excellence in the GLBTI community.

“It is amazing to see such prominent members of the community get involved with the Community Awards. The recognition these awards give is bolstered by their involvement. We are further delighted that The Hon Michael Kirby has agreed to donate his time to ensure the judging process remains fair and impartial.”

Judge biographies

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

kirbyWhen he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.

He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84). Later, he was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands. His appointment to the High Court came in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.

In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (1984-93). He also served on many national and international bodies. Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-) and a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded many honorary doctorates.

In 2010, he was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize. He was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group (2010-11) which was investigating the future of the Commonwealth of Nations; and has been appointed to the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law (2010-12). In 2010, he was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).

In 2013 he was appointed a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health (2013-14). Later in 2013 he was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council pursuant to a resolution of the Council, to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2013-14).

Emma Page Campbell, Lady Mayoress of Melbourne

photoEmma Page Campbell is Lady Mayoress of Melbourne and the Licensing and Governance Manager at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (she is currently on maternity leave following the birth of baby Henry in April).

Emma is Patron of the National Council of Women of Victoria and the Lady Mayoress’ Committee and an Ambassador for the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair. She has a long involvement with Artists for Kids, a charity which is supported by high profile local artists and raises money for children living in the inner city.

Emma was a volunteer night manager at the Victorian AIDS Council / Gay Men’s Health Centre in the mid to late nineties for a period of three years, has been honoured to be a Midsumma Dog Show judge since she became Lady Mayoress, and is a long time Joy FM listener.

Farrah Tomazin  

dinkusFarrah Tomazin is The Sunday Age’s state political editor. Farrah joined the paper in 2000, reporting on general news, courts and crime, local government and politics. She was The Age’s state political correspondent for the 2006 Victorian election, and later spent three years as its education editor, winning several awards for excellence in education reporting.

After a few years as a feature writer, Farrah returned to the state rounds press gallery for The Sunday Age in 2011 to cover the Baillieu/Napthine governments. She has taken an active interest in stories relating to social justice, schools, and law reform. Her scoops also include key policies affecting the LGBTI community, such as new laws expunging gay sex convictions, the expansion of the Safe Schools Coalition program, and the push to allow same-sex couples to adopt in Victoria.

Farrah graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Journalism, lives with her partner in the inner city, and looks forward to a time when marriage equality finally becomes reality in Australia.

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