On Tuesday 25th October we were fortunate enough to welcome 2016 Victorian Australian of the Year Julian McMahon to our college to share some of his experiences with us.
A human rights advocate and fierce opponent of the death penalty, barrister McMahon has a personal and passionate commitment to represent Australians in capital punishment cases abroad.
Some of his clients have included Van Tuong Nguyen in Singapore, George Forbes in Sudan and members of the Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Our teachers, law students and guests enjoyed listening to McMahon as well as a light lunch, which was prepared by our VET Hospitality students.
Our special guest had some fantastic advice for our year 10 students that will hopefully stick with them for years to come and as they enter adulthood.
“Choose your friends wisely. Don't be friends with people that lead you into trouble: work it out sooner rather than later.”
On being a lawyer, McMahon said that the job requires a lot of stamina.
“You need to be able to work long hours and have an indifference to money. You also often have to deal with difficult personalities.”
The one piece of advice that McMahon was given when he was younger, which he thinks about every day, was “make the world a better place.”
That’s exactly what the lawyer hopes to do, as he defends his clients and continues his work to promote living in a society that opposes violence.
McMahon encouraged students to make the most of the opportunities that are presented to them.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Julian McMahon’s visit. We look forward to hosting many more special guests at Eaglehawk Secondary College.