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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sol Bellear

Sol Bellear is a Bundjalung man from Mullumbimby. He is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW, the Chair of Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and also a consultant to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. He’s a respected Aboriginal elder, and a lifetime Aboriginal activist. “A number of people have inspired me internationally and nationally,” says Mr Bellear. “Black leaders in the civil rights movement in the US including the Black Panther movement, Native Americans that still continue to fight, first nations…

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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…

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Gino Vumbaca

Gino Vumbaca is a member of the Executive Committee, Just Reinvest NSW. He has extensive experience in the HIV/ AIDS and drug and alcohol fields both in Australia and internationally. He is a Churchill Fellow, has completed a Social Work degree and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Sydney and is a qualified Company Director. Gino has worked as the Manager of HIV/AIDS and related services with the NSW Department of Corrective Services, in a variety of…

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Tiffany McComsey

Tiffany McComsey is a member of the Executive Committee of Just Reinvest NSW. She is CEO of the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, which supports survivors of the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home, their descendants and families. She has spent over a decade working and conducting research with Aboriginal community members and organisations, this has been primarily in inner city Sydney (the communities of Redfern and Waterloo). Tiffany was the inaugural coordinator of Just Reinvest NSW and sits on the…

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Jane Powles

Jane Powles is a member of the Executive Committee of Just Reinvest NSW. She is the National Campaigns Manager at ANTaR, a national advocacy organisation in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and empowerment. ANTaR is currently focussed on 3 key campaigns: the campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in and the removal of racially discriminatory laws from the Australian Constitution, Close the Gap – a generational campaign to reduce the life expectancy gap between…

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Bradley Freeburn

Brad Freeburn is a Bundjalung man, born at Casino on the North Coast of New South Wales. Brad is an member of the Executive Committee of Just Reinvest NSW. Brad became interested in Indigenous health issues, graduating as an Aboriginal Health Worker in 1993. Having worked in the drug and alcohol field since 1995, before that in the private sector, Brad is currently the Coordinator of the Aboriginal Medical Service, Drug and Alcohol Unit in Redfern. He has represented…

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