Father of the Fair Go

Maurice Blackburn was one of Australia's most prolific social reformers and progressive thinkers, a true freedom fighter.

He was an unlikely Australia hero - not the masculine, sporting, larrikin or war hero we usually celebrate. Using intellect as his weapon, Maurice was an activist hero who spent his life fighting for the rights of the poor and working classes.

Featuring prominent Australians from political, legal and union circles, Father of the Fair Go is a documentary detailing the life a man defined by an unwavering conscience, strength of character and a core need to 'make life a little easier for the men and women of this country.'

One hundred years after Maurice Blackburn started our firm, in 1919, we are looking back at the life of a man whose sense of civil liberty was ahead of his time. From his principled stance against overseas conscription, his support for women’s rights and his role in shaping Australia's industrial relations movement, his legacy continues in the rights we enjoy today.