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Legal and Media Giants: Justice Michael Lee and Ita Buttrose AC OBE In Conversation at Women in Media Conference

Justice Michael Lee and Ita Buttrose AC OBE In Conversation at Women in Media Conference

Women in Media is proud to announce a remarkable and exclusive event at this year's National Conference: a candid conversation between Justice Michael Lee of the Federal Court of Australia and pre-eminent journalist, media industry powerhouse and trailblazer for women, and Women in Media Patron, Ita Buttrose AC OBE. This unique session promises to offer profound insights into the intersection of media, law, and society, with a particular focus on the themes of truth and trust.

Justice Michael Lee, known for his incisive handling of complex legal cases, and Ita Buttrose AC OBE, a veteran journalist and former Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, will explore critical issues affecting both the media and judicial landscapes. This event offers an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to gain perspectives from both the legal bench and the media hot seat on maintaining and fostering public trust.

Session Focus: Trust and the Media

In an era where media credibility is continually scrutinised, this discussion will delve into:

  • The current challenges to media trust and the underlying causes of public scepticism.

  • The ethical obligations of media professionals in promoting transparency and accountability.

  • The delicate balance between press freedom and legal constraints.

  • The pivotal role of women in media in driving forward an inclusive and credible narrative.

Kym Middleton, General Manager of Women in Media said, "The combined expertise of Justice Lee and Ita Buttrose offers a comprehensive view of how the media and legal systems intersect and the critical role trust plays in both arenas. This conversation is a rare opportunity for women working across different forms of media to hear from two highly experienced figures on the intersections of public discourse and legal standards."

Middleton continues, "This session is more than just an exploration of problems; it’s about empowering women in media to lead with integrity and champion the truth. Justice Lee and Ita Buttrose bring unparalleled insights that will inspire and equip attendees to contribute positively to our media landscape."


Full of thought-provoking topics, knowledge building workshops and rare opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, the conference program is a line up like no other.

Media and Men’s Violence Against Women:  how our industry influences a national crisis – from news coverage and advertising to social platforms and fictional storytelling. Acclaimed director, writer and actor Leah Purcell and Moo Baulch OAM, Chair of primary prevention organisation Our Watch will explore this pressing topic.

Competing for Online Attention vs Managing Risks: It’s a dangerous virtual world out there. But also one full of opportunity. Join eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant for an exploration of online safety for women working throughout the media sector.

Women In Media Oration Dinner: Renowned investigative journalist Kate McClymont AM will deliver the inaugural Women in Media Oration honouring Caroline Jones AO on August 8, 2024.

Women in Media Conference 2024


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