Submissions Library

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Submission – Thomas Marks

Thomas Marks is a Wotjobaluk/Gunaikurnai man.

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

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

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 – People Count Today

Professor Murray Cree is the Managing Director of People Count Today.

This submission discusses the Human Rights obligation known as ‘throughcare’.

Size: 54.33 KB
Date: 23 March 2024

Submission – Anonymous 492

This submission is from a a Barkindji/ Yorta Yorta/ Wiradjuri/ Mutti Mutti woman.

It details her experience in the foster care system, which led to trauma, drugs and alcohol, and their subsequent positive experince and sobriety through Bunjilwarra.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Submission – Barry Jacobs

Barry Jacobs is a Jindali man who grew up in Geelong.

This submission focuses on Barry’s experiences growing up, attempts to learn about his culture, and his experiences with police and mental health system.

Size: 176.20 KB
Date: 29 February 2024

Submission – Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency (Family Violence)

The Victorian Aboriginal Child and Community Agency (VACCA) is the Peak voice for Aboriginal children in Victoria.

This submission looks at: Aboriginal family violence in Victoria; the Victorian Government’s family violence reform agenda; the child protection system’s response to family violence; family violence service delivery; policing and legislative responses to family violence; MARAM and VACCA’s leadership in embedding a cultural lens; consistency across jurisdictions; the implementation of international treaties and declarations; the intersection of family violence and homelessness; and reform priorities.

Submission – Alan Coe

Alan Coe is a proud Wiradjuri, Gadigal and Yorta Yorta man. This submission is about Mr. Coe’s life experiences, the importance of family and community, what he sees as the key issues facing our mob, and his hopes for the future.

Size: 79.45 KB
Date: 27 November 2023

Submission – Anonymous 307

This submission is from a Darung person who grew up in Dandenong. It recounts experiences with family violence, addiction, and interactions with the justice and child protection systems. It also decribes the importance of connection with Aboriginality and the benefits of services like Bunjilwarra.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Size: 100.41 KB
Date: 8 November 2023

Submission – Aunty Daphne Milward

Aunty Daphne Milward is a Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri woman.

This submission tells the story of Aunty Daphne’s life including her education, working life, involvement with the Aboriginal Advancement League, insights from being a prison visitor, and the interconnectedness of community.

Submission – Anonymous 250

This submission details the experiences of Briony, a 15 year old Aboriginal girl who lives in Victoria with her two parents and older sister. She has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and significant learning difficulties. Briony’s story highlights key issues with the education system and the impacts of police using personal safety intervention orders against Aboriginal children with disabilities.

Size: 152.57 KB
Date: 7 August 2023