Imprisonment in Victoria

Loddon Prison

The history of prison reform in Victoria and the challenges for human rights advocates

Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and the Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP) invite you to a forum on Thursday the 6th of November to examine the history of human rights advocacy in relation to imprisoned people in Victoria and current challenges.

The forum will provide an opportunity for local networking and to connect with Loddon Campaspe CLC’s ongoing work. Following presentations, there will be a panel discussion in the second half moderated by Kaz Gurney, Managing Lawyer at Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre.

Guest speakers

Peter Nordern AOPeter Nordern AO is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Global Studies RMIT. From 1985 to 1992 he was a chaplain in Victorian prisons. From 1995 to 2002 he was Executive Director of Jesuit Social Services.




JohnTaylorJohn Taylor is the Deputy Ombudsman for Victoria. John has extensive experience managing and conducting administrative reviews and investigations in a wide range of jurisdictions. His published work includes Dealing with mental health in prisons (2012).



Charandev Singh is a human rights advocate, educator and paralegal. He will discuss the history and context of prison advocacy in Victoria and provide an overview of key issues in the justice system. Charandev is closely associated with Flat Out, a state-wide support and advocacy service for criminalised and imprisoned women based in Melbourne, founded in 1988.

Annie Nash has been the EO of Flat Out since 2010. Flat Out has a 26 year history of loud and proud community activism – supporting the rights of criminalised and imprisoned women.  Annie is the author of People Dot Community – a book about effective community campaigns and activism.

Phoebe Barton is the Co-Coordinator for the Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP) project at Flat Out. Phoebe has coordinated the CHRIP project since 2008. She previously did an internship with Critical Resistance in Oakland, California.


This forum will build on Loddon Campaspe CLC’s Talking Justice series, held in May 2014, which canvassed the role of justice in a free society and featured some of Australia’s finest writers and thinkers, including Deb Kilroy who spoke about prison reform.

When? Thursday 6 November, 2-4pm

Where? La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo

Further information and media enquiries? Bonnie Renou, (03) 5444 4364

Imprisonment in Victoria Flyer Please feel free to print and distribute.

Bookings? Please register for this free event via Eventbrite below.



Venue hire sponsored by La Trobe University.

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Image: Richard Hill, CC-BY-2.5.


One Response to Imprisonment in Victoria

  1. Loddon Campaspe CLC December 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Video of the presentations given at “Justice Bites: Imprisonment” is now available on Loddon Campaspe CLC’s YouTube channel:

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