UN Human Rights Day Event: Towards a Human Rights Act for Western Australia
Friday 10 December 2021
Date: Friday 10 December 2021
Time: 10:00am start – 4:00pm
Please arrive 30 minutes prior for registration, tea and coffee
Location: Curtin University, 139 St Georges Terrace, Perth (view map)
This symposium, to be held on United Nations Humans Rights Day, is timely given the growing discussion of human rights issues in Western Australia, and the need for better protection of human rights, particularly for the First Nations people of Western Australia.
Click below to read the biographies of our presenters.
Associate Professor Hannah McGlade is an Indigenous human rights lawyer, Associate Professor at Curtin Law School, and member of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. She has published widely and her book, Our Greatest Challenge: Aboriginal Children and Human Rights (2012), received the Stanner Award in 2011. Hannah has been at the forefront of the development of key organisations in Perth and Western Australia more broadly in relation to legal supports for Aboriginal women, Noongar radio, and Stolen Generations and healing. In 2019 she led a campaign to free Jody Gore from Bandyup Women’s Prison, highlighting racism and discrimination against Aboriginal women in the law.
Brendan Moore works part time as the Aboriginal Engagement officer at City of FremantleFremantle, he is also the Chairman at South West Aboriginal Land and sea council and on the Cabinet endorsed Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group. Brendan has a Master’s degree in International Studies (Curtin) and an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management.
Brendan spent a decade as his family representative on the Whadjuk working party and successfully negotiated several agreements. He has also worked in for the United Nations on a Biodiversity Project at the Eastern Steppe of Mongolia.
Brendan is a direct descendant of Tommy Nettle survived being sent to Wadjemup (Rottnest) and whom is named on the Whadjuk apical ancestor list for the Whadjuk Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD.
She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.
June has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.
In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University. June was also named the NAIDOC Person of the Year at the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards and in 2019 she was bestowed the honorary role of a Distinguished Fellow of ANZSOG.
June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on 3 April 2017.
Alice Barter is the Managing Lawyer of the Civil Law and Human Rights Unit at the ALSWA. Alice is based in the Perth head office but conducts outreach across the state, mainly in the Pilbara. Alice volunteered at ALSWA as a law student before commencing articles at the WA DPP. She then worked in the ALSWA South Hedland office and SCALES Community Legal Centre before returning to ALSWA’s Perth office in 2013. In 2018-2019 Alice spent a year as Counsel Assisting at the Perth Coroner’s Court. She holds an LLB (Honours), BA (Australian Indigenous Studies) and M. Crim (thesis on Aboriginal Driving Issues in the Pilbara).
Chloe Wood is a Solicitor and International Human Rights Legal Officer in the Civil and Human Rights Unit of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA. Chloe is also one of the co-convenors for the Western Australia for a Human Rights Act Campaign. Before joining ALSWA Chloe completed a judge’s associateship at the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and worked at Ashurst for four years in Dispute Resolution and Insolvency team. Chloe holds a Bachelor of Arts (French Studies) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Georgia Kalyniuk is a solicitor who was admitted in 2020. She is the co-convenor for Australian Lawyers for Human Rights in Western Australia and also for the Western Australia for a Human Rights Act Campaign. Georgia practices in the commercial disputes team at Herbert Smith Freehills, focusing on construction and insolvency disputes, and volunteers with Sussex Street Community Legal Service’s night legal program and SCALES’ refugee clinic. Georgia is an independent director of UN Youth Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Aid and Development and Asian Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction) from Murdoch University.
Professor the Honourable Kevin H Bell AM QC is a professor in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and a Commissioner with the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission in Victoria. He is the Executive Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. He is the Co-Chair of the National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy of the National Mental Health Commission.
Professor Bell was a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 2005-2020 where he wrote many leading judgments on the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) which are now frequently cited in other jurisdictions. He is a past President of the Forensic Leave Panel and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Professor Bell was a barrister at the Victorian Bar for twenty years from 1985. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1997. He had a wide-ranging practice in commercial law, in administrative and constitutional law and in industrial and native title law in the superior Australian courts, including the High Court. He represented the Yawuru People and the Bardi Jawi People in their successful native title applications in the Federal Court of Australia in Broome and in the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberly region of Western Australia.
Professor Bell graduated BA, LLB (Hons) from Monash University in 1978. Before joining the Victorian Bar in 1985, he held community legal centre and academic positions. He graduated Master of Studies (International Human Rights Law) from Oxford University in 2017.
In 2017 Professor Bell was awarded the honour of Member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the law and to the judiciary, to native title and human rights, and to the community’.
Greg McIntyre SC is a Barrister at Michael Kirby Chambers, WA with a practice which includes Human Rights and Equal Opportunity, Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage, Environmental Law, Migration and Administrative Law. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2002 and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and taught Indigenous Peoples and the Law as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Notre Dame between 2001 and 2010. He received the Law Award from the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2009, based on his legal practice, highlights of which included the conduct of the High Court cases of Mabo v Queensland (No 1) and (No 2), Koowarta v Bjelke Petersen and Bropho v WA. He is currently the Senior Vice President of the Australian Section and President of the WA Branch of the International Commission of Jurists, a former President of the Law Society of WA and a member of the Executive of the Law Council of Australia.
Dr Jackie Mapulanga-Hulston is a lecturer at Curtin Law School. She is the Unit Coordinator and lecturer in Human Rights Law, and also teaches Family Law and Practical Consumer and Competition Law. She has a keen interest in human rights law, and has published and researched in this area of law. In 2019, she the organised Curtin Law School’s first human rights conference whose theme was ‘Building a Culture of Human Rights in Legal Practice and Legal Education’.
Associate Professor Anna Copeland is the Director of Clinical Legal Programs at Murdoch University which means she is both a practitioner and a teacher. Her legal practice is in the area of human rights including refugee and migration law; children’s rights; discrimination and economic social and cultural rights such as housing and welfare. Associate Professor Copeland’s teaching interests are in the areas of human rights and clinical legal education. She teaches in Murdoch University’s International Program on Human Rights run in Geneva but most of her time is in spent running the nationally acclaimed and internationally recognised Clinic in collaboration with SCALES Community Legal Centre. She also runs a Law in the Community program, which takes legal information into schools and community groups to increase legal literacy and promote access to justice.
Charlotte (she/they) is an LGBTIQA+ youth advocate and cofounder of the Youth Pride Network. Currently they work as the Policy and Project Manager of the Youth Pride Network, providing input into systemic reform in a variety of different areas as well as working to improve the wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people, including facilitating the voices of LGBTIQA+ young people to law reform projects. Charlotte has experience working in policy and community services and sat as a member of the inaugural Ministerial Youth Advisory Council. They also are completing the Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia.
Rahila Haidari migrated to Australia from Afghanistan at the age of 9 after her father sought refuge. Since then Rahila has seized the opportunities Australia had to offer. In 2015, Rahila participated in the Humanitarian Affairs Symposium in Hong Kong and in 2016 she interned at Parliamentarians for Human Rights in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2019, Rahila completed a double degree in Bachelor of Law and Bachelors of Arts, majoring in International Aid and Development from Murdoch University. Since then she has been a practising lawyer, predominantly working in family law.
Prue is a respected disability discrimination lawyer and founder and principal of Empire Law.
While studying her first degree in fine arts, Prue was involved in a serious car accident and had to instigate legal proceedings to recover damages from the driver’s insurer. This encounter with the legal system inspired her fascination with the law, especially its power to do good in society. After finishing her degree, Prue went on to study law and has never looked back.
Prue has many years of experience in family law matters and disability discrimination complaints in both the state and federal jurisdictions. She is a passionate and caring legal professional and eloquent communicator who can guide clients through baffling legal jargon and help people from all backgrounds to access legal justice.
In addition to her legal expertise, Prue draws on her own lived experience as a wheelchair user with brittle bone disease to provide her insights into accessibility and inclusion.
Stephanie is Kungarakan/Warramungu, and a recognised Traditional Owner of the Finniss River and Wagait Land Trusts in the Northern Territory (NT).
She attained a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University (WA), and after completing her Degree, joined Murdoch University as a Lecturer in Law, and co-ordinated their Pre-Law Program.
From July 2007 to October 2015, Stephanie was a sole practitioner specialising mainly in Criminal, Traffic, Family & Domestic Violence, and Child Protection laws. She also engaged in Family, Guardianship, and Wills & Estates laws, facilitated Native Title meetings and assisted Senior Counsel in evidence gathering for a Native Title determination.
From November 2015 to May 2020, Stephanie was a Senior Lawyer with the Department of Attorney General and Justice in the NT. During this time, she also held various other positions, including
- Member : the Crime Victims Advisory Committee
- Legal Member : Serious Sex Offender Referral Committee
- Director : Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation
Stephanie is currently the Principal Legal Officer of the Women’s Legal Service WA, being predominantly responsible for the Legal Services Team and Risk Management. Throughout her career, Stephanie has volunteered her time as a mentor to Indigenous law students, graduates, and junior lawyers.
Zubayr Abrahams is an Associate in the Projects, Infrastructure and Construction disputes team at MinterEllison and both a co-convenor of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights in WA and the Western Australia for a Human Rights Campaign. Zubayr holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Murdoch University and a Master of International Law (Distinction) from the University of Western Australia.