Talking Justice


Friday 19 May





Family Law – What are the current challenges facing Family Law and what are the solutions?

The Hon. Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO will deliver a keynote address that will identify the contemporary challenges facing the family law system and canvass some of the reform proposals put forward over the last 40 years. Followed by a panel discussion.
Speakers: The Hon. Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO (Family Court of Australia); Dr Renata Alexander (Monash University, Victorian Bar); Kylie Beckhouse (Executive Director Legal Services, Family Law, Legal Aid NSW); Gerard Holmes (Family Law Barrister).

Saturday 20 May





Youth justice – Should we treat children in the justice system the same as adults?

This panel discussion will explore the Victorian Government’s response to recent riots in youth detention facilities. Should children be transferred to adult prisons? Should they be managed by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Corrections? Are the concerns of human rights advocates justified? Were the Government’s hands tied?
Speakers: Liana Buchanan (Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People); Claudia Fatone (Executive Officer, Fitzroy Legal Service).




Transgender children – Are we doing enough to protect transgender children?

This panel discussion will explore the legal system’s ability to protect and support transgender children. Do current Family Court processes protect transgender children or do they only inflict unnecessary emotional and physical stress? Is the Family Court the most suitable realm for determining transgender children’s access to hormone treatment? How effective is the Safe Schools program in making transgender children feel safer at school and in their community?
Speakers: Naomi McNamara and Isabelle Langley (mother and daughter transgender advocates); Roz Ward (Co-founder and former Manager of Safe Schools Coalition of Victoria, La Trobe University); Associate Professor Fiona Kelly (Director of Research, Deputy Director of Centre for Health Law and Society, La Trobe University).




Media – How will digital disruption impact on individual rights and social justice?

This panel discussion will explore the impact of digital disruption on traditional journalism. Is everyone now a journalist? How can social media hold authority to account? Will the rise of fake news undermine our trust in the media and its ability to keep those in power accountable? What are the implications for individual rights and social justice?
Speakers: Paul Wallbank (Technology commentator); Chris Zappone (Journalist, The Age); Joanne Jacobs (digital strategist, company director, author).




Indigenous justice – How can Restorative Justice programs forge a link between traditional Indigenous values and our criminal justice system?

This panel discussion will use case studies to explore the potential benefits of restorative justice models for Indigenous communities. How do the principles of restorative justice align with traditional values and practices? How can restorative justice programs forge a link between traditional Indigenous values and our criminal justice system? Can restorative justice in Indigenous communities improve community safety and lower incarceration rates? What does success look like? What can we do to promote success?
Speakers: David Moore (President, Victorian Association for Restorative Justice); David Woodroffe (Principal Solicitor, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency); Aunty Lois Peeler (Executive Director, Worawa Aboriginal College).


Following the conclusion of the final Talking Justice session on Saturday afternoon is Musical Journeys. A celebration of multiculturalism with voices from around the world. Entry by donation. More information here








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  • 6:30PM Fri 19 May 2017
  • 9:30AM Sat 20 May 2017
  • 11:00AM Sat 20 May 2017
  • 1:45PM Sat 20 May 2017
  • 3:30PM Sat 20 May 2017

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