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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…


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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Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy is a descendant of the Kalkadoon people from North West Queensland. He is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW, Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) and Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign. Shane has been committed to social justice for his family and his people from a very young age whilst growing up in Mount Isa. His own life experiences of racism and prejudice that impacted on his daily upbringing…


The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia.  He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international…


Bob Debus AM

Bob Debus AM is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. He was NSW Attorney-General and the country’s longest-serving environment minister. He was minister for home affairs in the Federal government. “By world standards Australia is indeed a lucky country for a majority of its citizens,” said Mr Debus. “It is therefore especially shocking that the rate of imprisonment for young Aboriginal people is actually getting a lot worse. It’s more than 25 times higher than the rate for non-indigenous young people, a situation that no fair -minded…


Dr Naomi Mayers

Dr Naomi Mayers is a Yorta Yorta woman from Cummeragunja on the NSW side of the Murray River.  She is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Service for 30 years and received an Order of Australia Medal in 1984. She was lead singer of the music group The Sapphires, on which a popular Australian film of the same name was based. “The youth today are our Aboriginal leaders of tomorrow,” says…

Nicholas Cowdery

Nicholas Cowdery AM QC

Nicholas Cowdery AM QC is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. He was the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions from 1994-2011. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Visiting Professorial Fellow and member of the NSW Sentencing Council. He is a past president of the International Association of Prosecutors and was inaugural co-chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He says it is a privilege to be associated with Just Reinvest NSW. “As a former…


Phil Naden

Phil Naden is a Wiradjuri man who has been involved with Aboriginal affairs throughout his working career. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Bourke Aboriginal Health Service. Mr Naden is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW because ‘the concept of investment back into the community is simple and realistic’. “Justice reinvestment gives community members the opportunity to invest in the community by playing a crucial role in assisting Aboriginal young people to not come back into contact with the justice…

shane phillips

Shane Phillips

Shane Phillips was born and raised in Redfern, and has cultural connections to the Bunjalung, Wonnarua, and Bidjigal peoples. He is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW and Chairperson and CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association. He is a respected member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and speaks up on a range of youth issues, juvenile justice and Aboriginal deaths in custody. “The focus of my work and my life is to empower people – whether Indigenous or not – to…