An Amnesty International event


Wednesday 26 November 20014



With Bryan Dawe, Political Satirist

From the grim educational pickings of working class Port Adelaide in the 1950’s and 60's, Bryan Dawe escaped from high school at 15 and went on to become one of Australia's finest satirists. A Satirist’s Journey is a highly amusing and deeply poignant story of Bryan’s journey into political satire.

Amnesty International communicates its messages many different ways, in many different countries and cultures.  In Australia, a quintessential way of getting a message across is through satire – it is powerful, thought provoking and generates further conversations.

Amnesty International is a global movement of over 4.6 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom. It campaigns on a wide range of issues to protect and defend these human rights. The vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. 

This event will not be recorded - on the request of the speaker.


Bryan Dawe, Political Satirist  Bryan Dawe

Born in Port Adelaide, Bryan Dawe  is one of Australia’s finest political satirists. He has enjoyed a long career on radio, television, and film. He is best known for his work on ABC-TV with fellow satirist, John Clarke, and for his role with John Clarke and Gina Riley, in the much acclaimed ABC Television series ‘The Games’. 

He is a long-term advocate of reconciliation between white and black Australians. He is also an inveterate traveller and photographer, with work showcased in the ‘Syria Lost’ exhibition, depicting Syria a month before the civil war erupted.


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Co-presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Amnesty International, SA Branch 


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