Meeting Thursday 2 May 2019 - Partner's Night -- Speaker Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Her exclusive stories for the ABC TV 7.30 program on the allegations against George Pell won her two Quill Awards from the Melbourne Press Club, including the Gold Quill for best story of the year, the highest honour in Victorian journalism. For this book, in 2017 she was awarded the Walkley Book Award and the Sir Owen Dixon Chambers Law Reporter of the Year Award. In 2018 Milligan was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, Highly Commended in the Non-Fiction category for the Davitt Awards and won the Civic Choice Award for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Milligan is Irish-born and was raised a devoted Catholic. She is also the author of “Cardinal - The Rise and Fall of George Pell”. She last spoke at our club in October 2017 and it was about the affects of clergy abuse on children and she was restricted in what she could say about her book. Now she can speak more freely so it will be a really captivating meeting. She is also passionate about better understanding about the lifelong effects of child abuse in adults and better redress. Kate from Thesaurus Books will be there with copies of Louise’s book for sale.

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