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Perth Premiere, Australia


Hard To Believe will have the Perth Premiere at City West Receptions, followed by a Q&A panel discussion, on August 22 (Monday), from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. 


  • 5.45pm               Registration
  • 6pm                    Welcome to Country
  • 6.05pm               Introduction and film screening
  • 7pm - 8pm          Film review and Q&A
  • 8pm - 8.30pm    Networking and light refreshments

Q&A Panel

Ethan Gutman - Award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator (featured in the film)

Professor Doug Hodgson, BA, LLB, LLM - Dean of The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law, Fremantle Campus

Stephen Honeybul, FRCS (SN), FRACS - Head of Department of Neurosurgery at Royal Perth Hospital, Head of Department of Neurosurgery at Fiona Stanley Hospital and a Consultant neurosurgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital 

Prof Wendy Rogers FRACGP, PhD (via video call) - Professor of Clinical Ethics, Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics

For detailed speaker biographies please scroll down

Supported by:

  • The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
  • The Australian Council for Human Rights Education

Independent Moderator

  • Gerry Georgatos

Venue address

City West Receptions - 45 Plaistowe Mews, West Perth, WA 6005, Australia (map)



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Complimentary parking is available for all delegates attending the function centre providing a VALID PARKING PERMIT is clearly displayed on your dashboard.  Instructions and PARKING PERMIT will be emailed closer to the date.

By train - Catch the train one stop to ‘City West’ from the Perth City train station on the Fremantle line.

By bus - Catch the free green CAT bus service and get off at stops 10 or 12 (City West Station).

Visit Transperth to check timetables and plan your journey.

Speaker biographies in detail

  • Ethan Gutmann  (featured in the film)

Ethan Gutmann, an award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator, is the author of the award winning book Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal. He has written widely on China issues for publications such as the Wall Street Journal Asia, Investor’s Business Daily, Weekly Standard, National Review, and World Affairs Journal, and he has provided testimony and briefings to the United States Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, the European Parliament, the International Society for Human Rights in Geneva, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Canada, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom.  A former foreign-policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, Gutmann has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC, and CNBC. His book The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution To Its Dissident Problem was released in 2015.

Ethan is one of three researchers who just released a ground breaking report An Update to Bloody Harvest and The Slaughter. Ethan will give personal insights regarding this new report, which meticulously examines the transplant programs of hundreds of hospitals in China, drawing on media reports, official propaganda, medical journals, hospital websites and a vast amount of deleted websites found in archives.     

  • Prof Wendy Rogers, FRACGP, PhD (via video call)

Prof Rogers is a Professor of Clinical Ethics and Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics. She has a long-standing interest in the ethics of organ donation and transplantation. While a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (2003-2006), she served as deputy chair of the working party responsible for developing the National Health and Medical Research Council’s guidelines for organ and tissue donation. She also served on working parties developing national guidance on donation after circulatory death. Her current research interests include organ donation, research ethics, ethics of surgical practice, and overdiagnosis. Professor Rogers’ work is widely published in international journals and she is the co-editor of a recent collection on Vulnerability (published by Oxford University Press). Professor Rogers recently spoke at the Scottish Parliament on a panel addressing the issue of forced organ harvesting in China.

  • Prof Doug Hodgson, BA, LLB, LLM

Prof Hodgson’s career as a legal educator/academic lawyer has spanned 33 years and four countries (Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand).  His teaching and research interests include International Human Rights Law, International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, and Public International Law.  He has published three treatises, one edited book and 30 peer-reviewed law journal articles and received numerous teaching citations.  Professor Hodgson serves as a Peer Reviewer and Grants Assessor for the Australian Research Council and serves as Chair of the Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee of The University of Notre Dame Australia.  He is also an attender and alumnist of the Oxford Round Table and the Melbourne-based Cranlana Leadership Program.  He has contributed to the German-based Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and is a member of the Council of Australian Law Deans and a Member and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. 

Prof Hodgson is currently Dean of The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law, Fremantle Campus, and previously served as Associate Dean of Students at the Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia.  He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and the University of London (London School of Economics and University College London).

  • Stephen Honeybul. FRCS (SN), FRACS

Mr Honeybul is a neurosurgeon with a subspecialty interest in neurovascular surgery and neurotrauma. He is currently a Consultant neurosurgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Head of Department of Neurosurgery at Royal Perth Hospital and at Fiona Stanley Hospital. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons a member of the Neurological Society of Australasia. He is a past member of the Neurosurgical Board of Australia and is currently an examiner for the neurosurgical fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of surgeons Current interests involve long term outcome following decompressive craniectomy and ethical issues regarding life saving but non restorative surgery. He is also involved in ongoing research investigating cranial reconstruction augmented with stem cell therapy.


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