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Professor Anthony Gray Workshops

Business Liaison Association

Wendy Finegan 04 August, 2021 Visiting Experts Program

Professor Anthony Gray Workshops

Professor Anthony Gray Workshops

Sponsored by Business Educators Assn of Qld and

Supported by Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning



Smithfield State High School  Prof Gray BLA Report.


On the 26 July 2021, 45 Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies students from Smithfield State High had the privilege of attending a morning with  Prof Anthony Gray.  Prof Gray presented an engaging and thought-provoking presentation on Human Rights and Negligence which covered a variety of contemporary topics. Some of these included the Voluntary Assisted Dying, Conscientious Objection, Transgender Rights, Notion of Consent in Criminal Law and Current Freedom of Speech Issues.

Many of these issues were highly relevant to the students involved, especially the Year 12 students who are studying Human Rights at the present time.
The students found both the presentation and information extremely engaging, interesting and topical especially because the examples provided were occurring in our society today.

Prof Gray provided opportunity for students to discuss many of the legal implications across these topics and share their thoughts and ideologies around what they believed was right. From a teacher’s point of view, it was fantastic to see such student engagement and participation. 

As usual, Prof Gray was exceptional in his presentation and provided content that tailored to our students needs. Feedback from the students included comments such as,

‘I was expecting a boring presentation but it was the complete opposite.  Prof Gray was an awesome presenter’

‘It was fantastic to have the time to discuss real issues with an expert’

‘I could have spent all day in this presentation, it was really interesting’

Our students and staff found the presentation to be extremely valuable and we thank the Business Liaison Association for organising this wonderful opportunity.   

Smithfield State High School students pictured with Prof Gray


Anthony’s visit today was excellent!  He presented to my Year 12 Legal Studies class – 1 teacher and 20 students.  He discussed some controversial legal issues that the students really engaged with.  Students whom would normally be quiet and reserved in class spoke up and shared their opinions.  The issues were all very current and relatable.

I have attached two photos, but they aren’t the best quality, sorry.  He didn’t have a lot of time afterwards so I didn’t get a group photo of the students standing with him (something I would do next time).

Thanks again for organising Anthony to come to our school!

Jessica Williams

Classroom Teacher

St Mary’s Catholic College


St Mary's Catholic College enjoying Prof Gray's Visit


Professor Anthony Gray from the USQ School of Law and Justice was a guest speaker at the school on Tuesday 27/7/21. He addressed our year 11 Legal Studies students during class time. Professor Gray delivered an interactive presentation where students were actively involved in discussing important points of law regarding Human Rights and Negligence. He presented his legal arguments through a case study approach which will assist our students preparing for their next assessment pieces.

Student comment included; ‘I enjoyed the legal debate’; ‘ I liked the way he included us’; ‘I learned a lot about the changes to negligence’; ‘this will help me do my argumentative essay’.

Stephen Lippingwell

Trinity Bay State High School


Trinity Bay State High School Students pictured with Prof Gray



Professor Gray visited Bentley Park College on Tuesday 27 July.  The plan was for him to speak to a group of approximately 40 students comprising of a mix of Year 10 History and Year 12 Legal Studies students in the school Theatre.   However, an unexpected power outage only 20 minutes before Anthony’s arrival meant that  we had to go to Plan B.  So Anthony presented ‘old school’ style to a group of about 30 students (mix of Year 10 and 12) in a classroom using  the white board and his extensive knowledge to lead a discussion on ‘Principles of Justice’.

This talk aligned really well with the unit of work that the Year 10s are completing this term and was a very good review of  concepts for the Year 12 Legal Studies students.  Anthony’s school visits are always worthwhile and I thank the  BLA for sponsoring this event each year.


Carice Fehlberg

Head of Department - Humanities

Bentley Park College

Bently Park College Students with Prof Gray


Once again a brilliant session with Dr Gray. We had the day booked and were pleased to welcome Mount St. Bernard Year 12 Legal Studies students to join us. The 3 sessions were as follows:

Year 12 Legal Studies (15 students) - law reform 

Year 10 students (40 students) - the concept of terrorism and human rights

Year 11 students (15 students) - negligence 

Teacher involved: Prue Vaughan St Stephens Catholic College and Christine Weedon Mount St. Bernard

Absolutely an invaluable experience. Book in 2022 please.




Humanities and Business


St Stephen's Catholic College


St Stephen's Catholic College Students with Prof Gray


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