Submissions Library

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Submission – Jason Stewart

This submission provides historical “Previous History of -” documentation.

Size: 14.66 MB
Date: 10 May 2024

Submission – La Trobe University Group

This submission was made by a group of staff and students from La Trobe University. It suggests renaming La Trobe University due to Charles La Trobe’s role in Victoria’s colonisation, aligning with the importance of understanding history from a First Nations perspective.

Size: 155.56 KB
Date: 6 May 2024

Submission – Anglican Church, Victorian Dioceses

This submission was prepared by the Anglican Dioceses of Melbourne, Bendigo Wangaratta and Gippsland in response to a RFI made by the Yoorrook Justice Commission ahead of representatives from the Anglican Church appearing at a Yoorrook hearing.

Size: 300.06 KB
Date: 1 May 2024

Submission – Rob Christie

This submission is Rob Christie’s book A Convenient Scapegoat: Angus McMillan and the Gippsland Massacres along with an article of the same name published in the LaTrobeana magazine July 2023 in the hope that they will contribute to the Truth Telling of the events that took place in Gippsland in the early days of settlement.

Size: 280.89 KB
Date: 15 April 2024

Submission – Anonymous 537

This submission contains truth telling records relevant to the Bunurong including evidence of Aboriginal people themselves as recorded by colonisers.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Size: 49.31 KB
Date: 12 April 2024

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 – Aletha Penrith

Aletha Penrith is a Tunerong, Yorta Yorta and Thaua woman.

In this submission, Aletha reflects on her unique identity as a woman of African American and Tunerong descent and what she describes as being a ‘minority within a minority’. She makes a range of recommendations including policies to prevent institutionalisation of Indigenous peoples, better resourced housing programs and the return of land.

Size: 66.41 KB
Date: 1 April 2024

Submission – The University of Melbourne – Dhoombak Goobgoowana: A History of Indigenous Australia and the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s purpose “is to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research.”

This submission comprises one output of the University of Melbourne’s Truth -Telling and Justice Project Truth and Justice Project, Dhoombak Goobgoowana: A History of the Indigenous Australia and the University of Melbourne Volume 1: Truth. The University hopes that the volume demonstrates its willingness to confront the past, address the historical and ongoing injustices the University committed against Indigenous peoples, contribute to initiatives to redress them and uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples as articulated in United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Size: 104.07 KB
Date: 6 February 2024

Submission – Anonymous 306

This submission tells the story of the murder of an Aboriginal woman by white men many years ago.

Size: 57.58 KB
Date: 8 November 2023