Submission – Dr Wayne Atkinson – Truth Justice

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Dr Wayne Atkinson is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Elder and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

This submission provides an analysis of Dr Atkinson’s experience in his role as a former Commissioner with the Truth Justice Commission. It delves into his expectations of Yoorrook and includes sections on:

  • Sovereignty never ceded
  • Outcomes of the inquiry
  • Impact of colonisation
  • Aboriginal reserves
  • Language recognition
  • Community research into language
  • Language and identity
  • Attempts to eradicate language
  • Unequivocal commitments of Self-Determination
  • Reflections on Commissoner Role
  • Claims of Aboriginality
  • Immunity protection for government land and heritage laws
  • and more…
Date: 5 February 2024