Without Fear or Favour: Practising your Faith and your Profession


We are pleased to announce that the 20th annual CIS Lecture on Religion and Civil Society will be delivered by The Honourable Justice Debra Mullins, Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Practising faith is not a separate or completely private part of a person’s life that is quarantined from the rest of the person’s life. Faith spills over into a person’s engagement in the public sphere. It may affect how a person performs or is perceived in the workplace and the contributes to the community.

Drawing on her experiences as the former Deputy Chancellor and current Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, Justice Debra Mullins will consider the challenges for professionals, such as lawyers and accountants, in practising their faith and their profession and the tradition for professionals to be involved in the governance of churches.

The Honourable Justice Debra Mullins

Justice Mullins is a graduate of The University of Queensland.  After working as an articled clerk at Kinsey Bennett & Gill, she was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1980, admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1984, took silk in 1998, and was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2000.

Justice Mullins received the Queensland Law Society’s Agnes McWhinney Award in 2009 for her outstanding contribution to the legal profession and community. Her Honour was appointed a Doctor of the University by Griffith University in 2010 and in 2017 she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College at The University of Queensland.



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