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MEDIA RELEASE: Yoorrook Justice Commission Resumes Wurrek Tyerrang (Public Hearings) in Melbourne

MEDIA ALERT

20 May 2022

YOORROOK JUSTICE COMMISSION RESUMES WURREK TYERRANG (PUBLIC HEARINGS)
IN MELBOURNE

The Yoorrook Justice Commission will hold its second block of wurrek tyerrang (public
hearings) from 20 May to 27 May 2022 at Charcoal Lane Fitzroy.

Wurrek tyerrang is a Wergaia word for ‘speaking together’ and has been adopted by
Yoorrook as the term for public hearings.

Week 1 of Block 2 (Friday 20 May) will hear from Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh,
with the support of his daughter Isobel Morphy-Walsh, who are expected to speak to issues
including:
• The myriad impacts of forced child removal on individuals and the wider community
including the link between Stolen Generations, institutionalisation, and deaths in
custody
• The intersection of the criminal justice system, policing, and community connection

The Commissioners sitting at the wurrek tyerrang are:
• Professor Eleanor Bourke AM, Chair
• Ms Sue-Anne Hunter, Deputy Chair
• Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter, Commissioner
• Professor the Hon Kevin Bell AM QC, Commissioner

Commissioners will be assisted at the wurrek tyerrang by Mr Tony McAvoy SC and Ms
Fiona McLeod AO SC, supported by junior counsel Ms Sarala Fitzgerald and Mr Timothy
Goodwin.

The wurrek tyerrang will be livestreamed via the Yoorrook website:
https://yoorrookjusticecommission.org.au/hearings/. Transcripts of the wurrek tyerrang and
the balert keetyarra (witness statements) will be made available on the Yoorrook Justice
Commission website following the appearances.

Additional wurrek tyerrang will be held in the second half of 2022.

Witnesses will be invited by Yoorrook to participate in wurrek tyerrang based on their direct
experiences and perspectives on matters within Yoorrook’s Letters Patent and
preparedness and readiness to engage in truth-telling in a public setting. Broad
representation across families, communities, regions, gender and other characteristics will
also be taken into account.

Yoorrook’s interim report is due by 30 June 2022 with a final report due by June 2024.

ENDS

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