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Thursday 18th August 2022

Seminar | 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s history.

Telling the truth about our history not only brings to light colonial conflict and dispossession, but also acknowledges the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

The historic Yoorrook Justice Commission recently released its interim report on historical and ongoing injustices experienced by First Nations people in Victoria. Please join us as counsel for the Commission discuss the challenges and importance of this work. 

This Twilight Reflection is open to judicial officers only.
Supported by the Judicial Officers Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee (JOACAC).

*Event image supplied by the Yoorrook Justice Commission.



Julie Buxton, BCom LLB MasterPub&IntLaw (Melb)
Julie Buxton is a human rights lawyer and adviser. She has studied international models of truth-telling and reconciliation and has worked with the United Nations’ Serious Crimes Unit in Timor-Leste and at the Regional Consultation on Transitional Justice for Asia-Pacific. She was an adviser to Victoria’s Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People and the Koori Justice Unit.
Counsel assisting
Tony McAvoy SC
Tony McAvoy SC is a Wirdi man from Central Queensland and was Australia’s first Indigenous Senior Counsel. Mr McAvoy was previously Acting Part-Time Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and was also previously Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
Counsel assisting
Fiona McLeod AO SC
Fiona McLeod AO SC has represented the Commonwealth in several Royal Commissions including the Victoria Bushfires Royal Commission, Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Counsel assisting
Sarala Fitzgerald
Sarala Fitzgerald was a Human Rights Advisor to the Victorian Government’s Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee and holds a Masters degree in Public and International Law. She appears in administrative, regulatory, employment and human rights matters.