Submissions Library

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Submission – Dean Lusher

Dean Lusher is a Wamba Wemba man.

In this submission, Dean expresses profound sadness for his great-grandfather, Frederick (Fred) Moore (1865-1952) who he says must have felt it would be better to deny he was Aboriginal in order to protect his family and himself’. The submission details Dean’s sense of loss for the culture and connections he missed out on, and how lucky he felt when he learned of his Aboriginal heritage when he turned 50.

Size: 135.07 KB
Date: 18 June 2024

Submission – Owen Butler

Owen Butler is a 72 year old Wiradjuri man.

This submission describes Owen’s journey discovering his family’s history and reuniting with newly discovered relatives. The submission speaks to Owen’s efforts to give back to community, experiences of feeling lost and detached from family, land country and language, and the collective struggle of First Peoples living in urban areas to reclaim their culture.

Size: 95.33 KB
Date: 11 June 2024

Submission – Wilfred Carter – Transcript

Wilfred Carter (Willow) is a Gunaikurnai and Wotjobaluk man.

This submission is a transcript of Willow discussing his upbringing at Lake Tyers Mission. It outlines the difficulties and trauma Willow experienced growing up as an Aboriginal man in the 1960s, including a loss of language and culture.

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 – Dale Wandin

Dale Wandin is a Wurundjeri man.

This submission is a transcript of Dale speaking to the Yoorrook Justice Commission about his own experiences and observations, and includes topics such as cultural identity, education, data sovereignty and the native title system.

Submission – Anonymous 323

This submission describes the writer’s experiences of being adopted, and reclaiming identity and connection to culture as an adult.

Size: 294.99 KB
Date: 15 November 2023

Submission – Andrew Leigh Cheary

Andrew Leigh Cheary is a proud Yorta Yorta man.

This submission is a transcribed interview with Andrew in which he discusses the circumstances of his adoption, reconnecting with family, and the treatment of First Peoples in Australia.

Size: 2.36 MB
Date: 24 May 2023

Submission – Anonymous 92

This submission is about the impact of growing up as a ward of the state, including experiences at Pirra Children’s Home, Winlaton Youth Centre.

It also discusses reparations for members of the Stolen Generations, depictions of Aboriginal people, racism and identity, discrimination in healthcare and services, and culture and healing.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.