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Alistair Ferguson

Alistair Ferguson is the Executive Director of Maranguka and on the Executive Committee of Just Reinvest NSW. For the last ten years Alistair has been the Chairperson of the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party. In 2008, Maranguka – an overarching strategy to ensure the community’s ongoing well being – emerged as the operational arm of the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party. Justice reinvestment is a core component of the Maranguka initiative. Alistair’s position of Executive Director has been funded by…

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His Excellency General The Hon. David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)

The Hon. David Hurley is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and the Governor of NSW. He believes justice reinvestment has the potential to turn communities around. “It is about making communities safer and stronger,” said Mr Hurley. “Through a justice reinvestment framework, strategies can be developed that reduce crime and strengthen communities. It is a framework to build a better future for young Aboriginal people.”

His Excellency General The Hon. David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) is the Governor of NSW.

Salil Shetty

Salil Shetty

Salil Shetty is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and the Secretary General of Amnesty International. Mr Shetty believes that the over-representation of Indigenous people in Australian prisons is a human rights issue. “As we saw at the UN Universal Periodic Review of Australia, the international community condemned the shameful over-representation of Indigenous people in Australia’s criminal justice system,” said Mr Shetty. “What’s happening in Bourke is innovative on a world-scale. Indigenous people there have taken the concept of justice…

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Tammy Solonec

Tammy Solonec is a Nigena woman from Derby, in the Kimberley of Western Australia. She is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and the Indigenous Rights Manager with Amnesty International. Ms Solonec believes the current system of ‘justice’ in Australia is hardly just. “Too many of our men, women and children are incarcerated – and many of them simply because of the circumstances of disadvantage and poverty they are born in,” said Ms Solonec. “The impacts of incarceration on individuals, in terms…

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Professor Marie Bashir

Professor Marie Bashir is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and the former Governor of NSW. “Aboriginal young people surely need our help and our support to address the circumstances that lead to prison,” said Professor Bashir. “Communities need more help to support Aboriginal young people. More programs indeed are required that can make a real difference and positively engage Aboriginal young people who may be at risk of offending. Incarceration is not the solution.  More community cohesion, more…

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Professor Mick Dodson AM

Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. He is a Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. Professor Dodson is also currently a Director of Dodson; Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd – Legal…

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Aunty Mille Ingram

Aunty Mille Ingram was born and raised in Wiradjuri country (Cowra) in central NSW. She is a Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and Chief Executive Officer of Wyanga Aged Care. Ms Ingram believes the incarceration rate of Aboriginal youth in Australia is a national disgrace, and an indictment on all of our Australian governments. “STOP the penal attitude and start looking at prevention,” said Ms Ingram. “Poverty should not be a crime. From poverty comes homelessness and substance abuse. This lifestyle can…

Chris Cunneen

Professor Chris Cunneen

Professor Chris Cunneen is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and a Conjoint Professor of Criminology with the University of NSW. “We need to ask ourselves, how many more generations of Aboriginal young people will be taken away from their families and communities, locked away in institutions and propelled into life courses of poor education, high unemployment and social dislocation?” said Professor Cunneen. “Justice reinvestment offers us an opportunity to think differently and to act differently in the way we…

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Jack Manning-Bancroft

Jack Manning-Bancroft is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and CEO of AIME. He believes justice reinvestment just makes sense. “I know the talent, potential and value that young Indigenous people have, and if we can support them to build the skills to harness that power in the right way, it will be of huge benefit not only for Indigenous people, but for the nation as a whole,” said Mr Manning-Bancroft.

Jack Manning-Bancroft is the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring…

Assoc Prof Ted Wilkes

Assocociate Professor Ted Wilkes

Associate Professor Ted Wilkes is a Nyungar man from Western Australia and Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. He is particularly passionate about supporting young Aboriginal people through their education and in providing effective programs for young Aboriginal offenders to divert them from the criminal justice system. He says in simple terms substantial money has been invested in the correctional system. “It has made no headway in reducing the Aboriginal over-representation in prison,” said Associate Professor Wilkes. “Aboriginal Australians are increasingly filling…

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