Laos social justice advocate appointed to the Order of Australia

Laos social justice advocate appointed to the Order of Australia

Laos social justice advocate appointed to the Order of Australia

Updated 4 February 2014, 16:46 AEDT

Kay Danes' life has had some unexpected and unwelcome twists but the Australian social justice advocate has been rewarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia.

In 2000, Kay and her husband Kerry were charged with a number of offences while working in Laos. The pair spent time in jail before the Australian government intervened and they were pardoned. While in jail however, Kay claims they were tortured, an experience that has turned the once successful businesswoman into a humanitarian and social justice advocate.

Ms Danes has spent much of the last ten years travelling the world to highlight brutalities and torture, particularly in Laos. This year Mrs Danes was awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia. She told her story to Phil Kafcaloudes.

 

Presenter: Phil Kafcaloudes

Speaker: Kay Danes, Humanitarian and Social Justice Advocate

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