Since 2005, Freeman’s professional career has been focussed on teaching, research, and publishing. However, his career has also involved a range of other activities, including the following:
- In 2000, Freeman was employed by the Crown Solicitor for New South Wales as a legal clerk, and was seconded to the Office of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Glenbrook Rail Accident.
- In 2001, he served as tipstaff to the Hon. Mr Justice K.R. Handley AO of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.
- Throughout 2001–02, he was a reporter for the Environmental Law Reporter, reporting on cases concerning town planning, environmental policy, and local government decisions.
- In 2002, he was appointed private secretary to the Lord Brennan QC, at Matrix Chambers, Gray’s Inn.
- In 2003–04 (and again in 2006-8) he was an assistant to Sir Charles Mackerras CH AC CBE.
- In 2004–05, he served as the foundation Director of the Governor-General’s Prize Programme for the Constitution Education Fund Australia. To read his speech at the launch of the Prize, at a Parliament House reception hosted by Barry O’Farrell MP, click here (and to see CEFA’s first annual report, click here).
- At various times, he has served as a research assistant at the University of Technology, Sydney (1999) for Professor David Flint’s The Cane Toad Republic, at the Australian Broadcasting Authority, advising the Chairman on cultural industries and international trade agreements (1999), and as an editorial assistant, e.g. for Cambridge University Press’s Wittgenstein’s ‘Philosophical Investigations’: A Critical Guide (2009).
In addition to his professional activities, Freeman has been involved with a number of community-based organisations and the not-for-profit sector. Two examples of such involvement are his work with the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre Inc. (NSW) (HALC) and Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM).
HIV/AIDS Legal Centre
HALC is a community legal centre that was established to provide legal advice and legal services to people in New South Wales who are living with, or affected by, HIV or AIDS.
- In 1998, Freeman began his association with HALC as a student volunteer in the legal centre’s Surry Hills office.
- In 1999, he served as its acting co-ordinator, following the sudden death of the incumbent co-ordinator.
- In 2000, he was invited to join HALC’s management committee.
- In 2001, he served as the management committee’s secretary.
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy
ACM was established in 1992 to defend Australia’s existing constitutional arrangements, and, in particular, as a voice to counter that of the Australian Republican Movement, which was founded in 1991 to lobby for constitutional change that would see Australia become a republic.
- In 1995, Freeman began his association with ACM as a student volunteer in the organisation’s national office in Sydney.
- In 1996, and, again in 1997, he was asked to design and manage ACM’s stand at the Royal Sydney Easter Show.
- In 1998, he served as a research assistant to the ACM/No Republic delegation at the Constitutional Convention held in Old Parliament House, Canberra.
- He was actively involved in the (ultimately successful) No case campaign during the referendum in 1999 to decide whether Australia should become a republic.
- He edited a number of publications for ACM Publishing, including The Australian Constitution: key documents in Australian constitutional history, which was published with a foreword by the Rt Hon. Sir Harry Gibbs GCMG AC KBE.