Yoorrook Commissioner Travis Lovett questions the Minister for Child Protection about self-determination
“So we’ve transferred a broken system over to the ACCOs to deliver, because that’s all the government’s offered them. That’s not self-determination.”
Yoorrook Commissioner Travis Lovett questioned the Minister for Child Protection, The Hon. Lizzie Blandthorn MLC, about the power and resources transferred to ACCOs to date.
Government and Departmental Hearings Shorts
Yoorrook recently completed a month of public hearings during which Commissioners questioned government ministers and senior bureaucrats about injustices against First Peoples in the criminal justice and child protection systems.
These historic hearings marked the first time an Aboriginal-led Royal Commission has publicly held to account the authorities that have exercised power over the lives of First Peoples for generations.
Throughout the hearings, government ministers and senior bureaucrats publicly reckoned with past and present injustice against First Peoples, in many cases responding to harrowing evidence given by Community members at previous Yoorrook hearings and in submissions to the Commission.