Women in Leadership: motivate and mobilise

Women in Leadership: motivate and mobilise

Nov 15
At this final event in CEDA’s 2018 Women in Leadership series in Queensland you’ll hear from award winning, society changing journalist Joanne McCarthy – a remarkable leader.


Joanne McCarthy, Senior Journalist, Newcastle Herald
Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer, Associate Professor, Griffith Law School

Event overview

Gather your colleagues and guests to hear how, at a time when the media’s role as guardian of public interest is increasingly doubted, Joanne McCarthy’s work turned hardened community attitudes, mobilised a Government and focussed a nation’s attention on justice.

On 26 June 2013 Prime Minister, Julia Gillard wrote to the Newcastle Herald’s Joanne McCarthy to thank her for work exposing child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  

“I am sending you this letter in the very final moments of my last evening as Prime Minister… Thanks, in very large measure to your persistence and courage, the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry and the Federal Royal Commission will bring truth and healing to the victims of horrendous abuse and betrayal. … in your remarkable struggle to tell the story about this shameful chapter in our nation’s history, you are not alone. Thousands of Australians share your passion for justice – I’m one of them.”

People providing checks and balances critical to a modern democracy operate in a pressurised and politicised environment; but still, with determination, their work can change the world. Knowing that, and simply knowing right from wrong, has driven Joanne; CEDA is pleased as part of our Women in Leadership series to introduce you to this agent of change, doing difficult incredibly work well.

Event presentations

Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Joanne McCarthy
Senior Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy undertook nursing training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney before becoming the Gosford Star’s first cadet journalist in 1980 and joining the Newcastle Herald in 2002. On receiving the Gold Walkley Award she was described as ‘a beacon for Australian journalism’ driven by ‘a selfless and relentless desire to act as a loudhailer for those in our community unable to speak up for themselves’. She hates cooking.

Meet the moderator

Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer
Associate Professor, Griffith Law School

Susan is an author, influencer and advisor. She has represented Australia at the W20, served on the Board of the International Women’s Development Agency, was named one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence in 2014 and awarded the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women.    

Supported by CEDA member

Major series sponsor