2017 Talking Justice program

Friday 19 May 2017


Family law – What are the current challenges facing Family Law and what are the solutions? 6.30pm
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).
Complementary Opening Night Drinks and nibbles: 8.15–9pm

Saturday 20 May 2017

Youth justice – Should we treat children in the justice system the same as adults? 9.30am
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 rights – Are we doing enough to protect transgender children? 11.00am
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 and justice – How will digital disruption impact on individual rights and social justice? 1.45pm
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, freelance journalist); 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? 3.30pm
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); Nick Espie (Arrernte man, Solicitor WA Legal Aid, Community Engagement Officer, NT Royal Commission into Juvenile Detention and Child Protection); Aunty Lois Peeler (Executive Director, Worawa Aboriginal College).


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