Public Hearings

Public Hearings: 12 to 16 December 2022

The purpose of these public hearings was to hear from Aboriginal leaders working in the area of criminal justice as part of Yoorrook’s inquiry into the harm done to First Peoples by unjust laws and practices within this system.

Witnesses

Alan Thorpe
Antoinette Braybrook
Aunty Geraldine Atkinson
Aunty Vickie Roach
Coree Thorpe
Dr Eddie Cubillo
Dr Mick Creati
Human Rights Law Centre
Karin Williams
Nakia Firebrace
Peter Hood
Shaun Braybrook
Stan Winford
Stuart Kinner
Tessa Theocharous
Victoria Legal Aid
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
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Date: 12-16 December 2022

Topic: Criminal justice system

Public Hearings: 5 to 9 December 2022

The purpose of these public hearings were to hear from Aboriginal leaders working in child protection as part of Yoorrook’s inquiry into the harm done to First Peoples by unjust laws and practices within this system.

Witnesses

Aaron Wallace-Peters
Ashley Morris
Aunty Charmaine Clarke
Aunty Eva Jo Edwards
Aunty Glenys Watts
Aunty Hazel Hudson
Aunty Jill Gallagher
Aunty Muriel Bamblett
Aunty Rieo Ellis
Commissioner Meena Singh
Dr Jacynta Krakouer
Felicia Dean
Ian Hamm
Karinda Taylor
Kimberley Do
Lisa Thorpe
Magistrate Kay Macpherson
Shellee Strickland
Stacey Brown
Tracey Dillon
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Date: 5-9 December 2022

Topic: Child protection system

Public Hearings: 20 May to 27 May 2022

The purpose of these public hearings were to hear from Victorian First Peoples’ Elders whose experiences illustrate many of the key impacts of colonisation still felt today.

Witnesses

Isobel Morphy-Walsh
Uncle Colin Walker
Uncle Kevin Coombs
Uncle Larry Walsh
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Date: 20 May to 27 May 2022

Topic: Elders' truths

Public Hearings: 26 April to 6 May 2022

The purpose of these hearings were to listen to Victorian First Peoples’ Elders whose experiences illustrate many of the key impacts of colonisation still felt today. The Minister for Treaty and First Peoples, the Hon Gabrielle Williams MP, and the Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria also appeared before the Commission during these hearings.

Witnesses

Aunty Alma Thorpe
Aunty Fay Carter
Marcus Stewart
The Hon Gabrielle Williams MP
Uncle Jack Charles
Uncle Johnny Lovett
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Date: 26 April to 6 May 2022

Topic: Elders' truths

Ceremonial First Hearing

Yoorrook’s ceremonial first hearing was held on 24 March 2022 at Charcoal Lane Fitzroy

Witnesses

N/A
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Date: 24 March 2022