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The Honourable Bruce McPherson CBE Memorial Lecture

On 21 March 2024, the Christian Lawyers Society and the Australian Christian Legal Society had the privilege and honour of hosting the inaugural Honourable Bruce McPherson CBE Memorial Lecture at Banco Court, Brisbane.
The event was Chaired by President Debra Mullins AO. Attendees included many current and former judicial officers, including the Honourable Susan Kiefel AC KC, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.
The Honourable Geoffrey Davies AO also delivered a statement on behalf of Mrs McPherson.
David Cormack, President of the Christian Lawyers’ Society, welcomed and thanked the attendees for their attendance.
The Honourable Patrick Keane AC KC delivered the “Christian Inspiration and Constitutional Insights” lecture.
The lecture linked the drafting of the Australian constitution to a range of biblical concepts, including the concepts of “loving your neighbour as yourself” and “rendering to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and rendering to God the things that are God’s.”
His Honour also provided a comparative analysis of the foundations of the Australian constitution compared to the constitution of the United States, indicating areas where biblical concepts are evident.
The lecture referenced rationale from St Augustine, comparative governance of classical Greek and Roman empires, and even touched on the English Civil War, Magna Carta, and French Revolution.
Thank you to the 165 registered attendees for making this event a memorable occasion, a great success, and a lovely tribute to the Honourable Bruce McPherson CBE.