Submissions Library

Please be aware that some of the content on this page contains potentially offensive or controversial material. If you are affected by the content and would like support, please contact 13 YARN on 13 92 76 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Yoorrook reserves the right not to publish all or part of a submission if it considers it inappropriate to do so. By publishing a submission, Yoorrook expresses no opinion about the content or accuracy of the submission or material referred to in the submission. Submissions are not published where the person making the submission has asked that it be kept confidential.


Submission – Lily Woodward

Lily Woodward’s submisison describes the abuse and challenges she faced as a child in the child protection system and her subsequent experiences of having her own children removed.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Size: 185.49 KB
Date: 9 April 2024

Submission – Keicha Day

Keicha Day is a a Gunditjmara/Yorta Yorta woman.

This submission is a trancript of Keicha discussing the impact of colonisation on Country and community.

Size: 503.13 KB
Date: 5 April 2024

Submission – Christina Secombe

Christina Secombe is a Wotjobaluk woman.

This submission outlines traumatic experiences Christina faced growing up and the impact it had on her later life.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Size: 167.61 KB
Date: 5 April 2024

Submission – Anonymous 476

This submission is written by a person working in an Aboriginal identified role in a government organisation. It outlines the systematic discrimination and racism faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Size: 140.51 KB
Date: 5 April 2024

Submission – Anita Mobourne

Anita Mobourne is a Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta, and Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk woman.

This submission is a transcript of Anita talking about her family’s experiences, her working life and the importance of connection, culture and identity.

Submission – Thomas Marks

Thomas Marks is a Wotjobaluk/Gunaikurnai man.

In this video submission, originally produced for the Disability Royal Commission, Thomas decribes the lifelong impact of being part of the Stolen Generations.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Submission – Dr Wayne Atkinson

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

This submission includes papers from Dr Atkinson’s PhD thesis tracing the origins of reserves and the policy of segregation and control. Also includes is an historic analysis of land injustice in Victoria, drawing on Dr Atkinson’s knowledge as a principle claimant in the Yorta Yorta case.


Size: 241.55 KB
Date: 5 April 2024

Submission – Denise Sweet

Denise Sweet is a Bundjalung Gumbaynggirr woman currently on Wergaia country.

This submission is a transcript of Denise Sweet recounting her family’s experiences of injustice since colonisation.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Submission – Greg Smith

This submission is based on a project conducted jointly by Greg Smith with Elder Les Stanley, then Manager Mark Hammersley and the residents of an Aboriginal-Controlled AOD recovery service in Victoria.

It presents the perspectives of the men involved in the project, and their contributions to positive developments in the wider service sector, including the ways that ‘mainstream’ AOD services presented major barriers to Aboriginal men wishing to engage with them.

Size: 528.30 KB
Date: 3 April 2024

Submission 2 – Environmental Justice Australia

Environmental Justice Victoria is a public interest environmental law practice. It provides legal advice and support to the community on public interest environmental issues, advocates for better environmental laws, and provides legal education to the community on environmental matters. It acts primarily for community organisations, Traditional Owners groups and NGOs on matters concerning environment and natural resources laws and policy.

This second submission covers the significance of laws governing land-use planning, environmental protection (pollution and waste), and environmental assessment to truth-telling, justice and treaty-making in relation to lands, waters and natural resources.

Size: 3.39 MB
Date: 27 March 2024