Lee Rhiannon initiated the annual Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture in 2001. This lecture series was set up to commemorate the life and times of Juanita Nielsen and the Green Bans, and to encourage recognition of women in public life who are working on issues that matter. The lecture is open to the public and the guest speaker addresses the audience on an issue of current concern.
Lee Rhiannon has hosted this event first as Greens NSW Member of the Legislative Council and spokesperson for women from 2001 to 2010, and then as Australian Greens senator. Lee was Greens federal spokesperson for women from 2011 to 2014. In 2019 and 2020 this event was organised in conjunction with the Greens Political Education Trust.
Each year a prominent woman delivers a speech about a significant public issue. A speech is also delivered about the life and times of Juanita Nielsen and the Green Ban movement. All speakers, including the MC, are women.
|Year||Guest Lecturer||Juanita’s Life||Chair|
|2018||Celeste Liddle||Denise Abou Hamad||Dorothy Symons|
|2017||Natalie Lang||Abigail Boyd||Aesha Hussain|
|2016||Maha Abdo||Sylvie Ellsmore||Nina Hallas|
|2015||Kellie Tranter||Rita Mallia||Linda Eisler|
|2014||Ruby Hamad||Jenny Leong||Therese Doyle|
|2013||Anne Gardiner||Fee Mozeley||Darelle Duncan|
|2012||Sarah Maddison||Debbie Gibson||Irene Doutney|
|2011||Jane Caro||Mehreen Faruqi||Bronislava Lee|
|2010||Sylvia Hale||Shirley Fitzgerald||Conny Harris|
|2009||Larissa Behrendt||Eleanor Gibbs||Christine Donayre|
|2008||Sue Bradford||Cate Faehrmann||Mary Hawkins|
|2007||Kerry Nettle||Caroline Graham||Jan Davis|
|2006||Jocelynn Scutt||Rebecca Reilley||Pippa McInnes|
|2005||Jo Vallentine||Lesa de Leau||Kelly Marks|
|2004||Anne Summers||Sally McManus||Carol Berry|
|2003||Maree O’Halloran||Rae Francis||Soraya Kassim|
|2002||Christine Milne||Sylvia Hale||Trish Mullins|
|2001||Bev Baker||Wendy Bacon||Kerry Nettle|