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The Justice Reform Initiative is supported by more than 100 of our most eminent Australians, including two former Governors-General, former Members of Parliament from all sides of politics, academics, respected Aboriginal leaders, senior former judges, including High Court justices, and those who have joined their voice to ending Australia’s dangerously high reliance on jails.


We are honoured to have two distinguished Australians take on the role of Co-Patrons in Chief of the Justice Reform Initiative.

  • The Honourable Sir William Deane AC KBE, former High Court Justice and Governor-General of Australia
  • The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, former Governor-General of Australia


In alphabetical order:

  • The Honourable Dr Peter Baume AC DistFRSN, former Senator for NSW (1974-1991), Former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Education, and Health, former Professor of Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales (1991-2000), Former Chancellor of the ANU (1994-20006), Former Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Former Deputy Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS and Foundation Chair of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Life Governor of the Kirby Institute, and Hall of Fame recipient of Disability Australia.
  • The Honourable Elizabeth Evatt AC, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia 
  • The Honourable Mary Gaudron QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Kate Grenville AO, Author. Kate has published fifteen books, including the celebrated The Secret River. Kate has won the Orange Prize and Commonwealth Writers' Prize, with her books published worldwide and translated into many languages. Three have been adapted into feature films.  
  • Dr Omar Khorshid, President, Australian Medical Association
  • Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, former Co-Chair, Reconciliation Australia 
  • Anne Hollonds, Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner.  Formerly Director of Australian Institute of Family Studies an independent statutory authority responsible for conducting research and providing advice on child and family wellbeing.
  • The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Prof Patrick McGorry AO MD, PHD, FRCP, FRANZCP, FAA, FASSA, FAHMS, former Australian of the Year
  • Arthur Moses SC, Past President, Law Council of Australia
  • Mick Palmer AO APM, former Commissioner, Australian Federal Police
  • Ben Quilty, Artist. Former winner Archibald Prize, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship and National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize
  • Lieutenant General The Honourable Dr John Sanderson, AC, Former Governor of Western Australia, former Chief of the Australian Army, former Force Commander of the United Nations in Cambodia
  • Pat Turner AM, CEO, NACCHO


In alphabetical order:

  • Professor Lorana Bartels, Program Leader of Criminology, Australian National University; Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra and University of Tasmania
  • Emeritus Professor John Braithwaite, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University
  • Professor Tom Calma AO, Chancellor, University of Canberra; Co-Chair, Reconciliation Australia (currently on leave to undertake the Co-Chair of the Senior Advisory Group of the Indigenous Voice to Government role); former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner
  • Kate Carnell AO, former Chief Minister of the ACT; Deputy Chair, BeyondBlue; Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
  • Simon Corbell, former Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services of the ACT; Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra.
  • Dr Ken Crispin QC, former ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, Justice of the ACT Supreme Court and President of the ACT Court of Appeal
  • Shane Drumgold SC, ACT Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Gary Humphries AO, former Chief Minister of the ACT and Senator representing the ACT in the Australian Parliament 
  • Rudi Lammers APM, former ACT Chief Police Officer
  • Dr Michael Moore AM PhD, former Independent Minister for Health and Community Care, ACT Legislative Assembly; Past President, World Federation of Public Health Associations; Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute, University of NSW; Adjunct Professor University of Canberra
  • The Honourable Richard Refshauge, Acting Justice of the ACT Supreme Court; former ACT Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, President, ACT Human Rights Commission


In alphabetical order:

  • Professor Eileen Baldry AO, Deputy Vice Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Criminology University of New South Wales
  • Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology Sydney
  • Jody Broun, inaugural female co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First People
  • Nicholas Cowdery AO QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions NSW
  • Rev. Bill Crews AM, Founder of the Rev. Bill Crews Foundation, Broadcaster and National Living Treasure
  • The Honourable Bob Debus AM, former Attorney General of NSW and former Federal Minister for Home Affairs
  • The Hon John Dowd AO QC, former Attorney General of NSW, former Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW and Vice President of the International Commission of Jurists
  • John Feneley, former Mental Health Commissioner NSW
  • The Hon Geoff Gallop AC, former Premier of Western Australia and currently Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the University of Sydney
  • The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson, former Minister for Primary Industries (including lands and water), former Minister for Small Business, former Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events
  • Dan Howard SC, former President, NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, former Commissioner, Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug 'Ice'
  • Ken Marslew AM, CEO of Enough is Enough which is a community support group for victims and offenders.
  • The Honourable Ruth McColl AO SC, former Justice of the NSW Court of Appeal 
  • Dr John Paget, former Asst Commissioner NSW Corrective Services, CEO SA Correctional Services and NSW Inspector of Custodial Services
  • The Honourable Greg Smith SC, former Attorney General of NSW and former Minister for Justice (including Juvenile Justice and Corrective Services)
  • Dr John Vallance, NSW State Librarian 


In alphabetical order:

  • Pat Anderson AO, Human rights advocate and Chairperson of the Lowitja Institute
  • Richard Coates, former Magistrate, Legal Aid Director, Director of Public Prosecutions and CEO Justice Department of the NT
  • Suzan Cox OAM QC, Director Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
  • Most Reverend Charles Gauci, Bishop of Darwin
  • Olga Havnen, Chief Executive Officer, Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin and former Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Working Group.
  • Professor Steve Larkin, Chief Executive Officer, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • The Hon Clare Martin AO Former Chief Minister of the NT
  • The Hon Tom Pauling AO QC, former magistrate, Solicitor-General and NT Administrator
  • Karen Sheldon AM, Business Entrepreneur, President NT Chamber of Commerce


In alphabetical order:

  • The Honourable Mike Ahern AO, former Premier of Queensland, businessman and founder of the Queensland Community Foundation. 
  • Sallyanne Atkinson AO, former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, businesswoman and Trade Commissioner 
  • Professor Kerry Carrington, Head of the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology
  • Mick Gooda, former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and former Royal Commissioner into the Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
  • Keith Hamburger AM, former Director-General, Queensland Corrective Services Commission 
  • Professor Emeritus Ross Homel, AO, Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
  • Professor Elena Marchetti, Griffith Law School, Griffith University
  • The Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC, former President Court of Appeal Supreme Court of Queensland and Commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants
  • Dr Mark Rallings, former Commissioner, Queensland Corrective Services
  • Greg Vickery AO, Former President Queensland Law Society and former Chair of the Standing Commission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • The Honourable Deane Wells, former Attorney General of Queensland
  • The Honourable Margaret White AO, former Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court and Queensland Court of Appeal, former Royal Commissioner into the Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, and Adjunct Professor TC Berne School of Law UQ.


In alphabetical order:

  • The Honourable Reverend Dr Lynn Arnold AO, former Premier of South Australia.
  • Dr Andrew Cannon AM FAAL, former Deputy Chief Magistrate of South Australia and now adjunct Professor at Adelaide and Flinders Universities and visiting Professor at Münster and Trier Universities (Germany) 
  • Helen Connolly, Inaugural South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Professor Mark Halsey, Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University
  • The Honourable Robert Hill AC, former Federal Minister and former Australian Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
  • Hon. Dr. Robyn Layton AO QC, former Supreme Court Judge, Adjunct Professor Justice & Society, University of South Australia
  • Peter Norman OAM, Auxiliary Master of the Supreme and District Courts of South Australia, National Chairman of the Australian Crime Prevention Council, and former Regional Secretary of the International Prisoners Aid Association
  • Isobel Redmond, Former Leader of the Opposition, Former Shadow Attorney General, Former legal practitioner
  • Professor Rick Sarre, former Dean and Head of the School of Law University of South Australia
  • Dr Lester-Irabinna Rigney AM, Professor University of South Australia
  • The Honourable Chris Sumner AM, South Australia’s longest serving Attorney General
  • Sue Vardon AO, former senior public servant including inaugural CEO of Centrelink, CEO of SA Correctional Services and Chief Executive of the SA Department of Families and Communities. Sue has been National Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and a member of the Council of a number of universities including Flinders University and University of South Australia.
  • Penny Wright, former Senator for South Australia and currently SA Guardian for Children and Young People and Training Centre Visitor


In alphabetical order:

  • Greg Barns SC, barrister, commentator and spokesperson on criminal justice for the Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • The Honourable Lara Giddings, former Premier and Attorney General of Tasmania
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Terese Henning, Former Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute
  • Michael Hill, former Chief Magistrate of Tasmania and Former Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania. Currently Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania and Chair of the Just Deserts Drug Court Support Group.
  • The Rt Revd Dr Chris Jones, Vicar General and Assistant Bishop Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and CEO of Anglicare Tasmania
  • Christine Milne AO, former Senator for Tasmania and leader the Australian Greens and current Global Greens Ambassador
  • The Rt Honourable Lord Mayor of Hobart, Councillor Anna Reynolds
  • The Honourable Denise Swan, Former Minister (Community Development, Status of Women, Aboriginal Affairs, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs, and Local Government) and Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
  • Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Head Patron, former Governor of Tasmania,  
  • Professor Rob White FASSA FANZSOC, Distinguished Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania
  • The Honourable Jim Wilkinson, former President Tasmanian Legislative Council, President of the Tasmanian Football Board and former partner of the law firm Wallace Wilkinson & Webster


In alphabetical order:

  • The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO, former Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Former President of the Children's Court of Victoria
  • Tim Costello AO, former Mayor of St Kilda and CEO of World Vision, currently chair of the Community Council for Australia
  • Jon Faine AM, broadcaster, commentator and lawyer
  • Petro Georgiou AO, former Federal Member for Kooyong 1994-2010, Victorian Director of the Liberal Party 1989-94, founding Director of the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs
  • Louise Glanville, Chief Executive Officer Victorian Legal Aid
  • Professor Emeritus Joe Graffam BBSc MA PhD Hon Doc MAPS FAICD, Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research of Deakin University, Convenor of the Reintegration Puzzle, researcher, justice reform advocate
  • The Honourable Rob Hulls, former Deputy Premier and Attorney General of Victoria and Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University
  • Ian Gray, former Chief Magistrate of Victoria and of the Northern Territory, and former County Court Judge and Victorian State Coroner
  • The Honourable Jenny Macklin, former Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform
  • The Honourable Patrick McNamara, Former Leader of the National party in Victoria, 1988-1999, and 24th Deputy Premier of Victoria 1992-1999. Patrick held numerous Ministerial portfolios during his time as Deputy Premier including Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrections. He has also been honoured to serve as the Chair of both the major Victorian Bushfire Appeals over the past decade with the support of both sides of the parliament. 
  • Justin Mohamed, Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
  • The Honourable Marcia Neave AO, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Commissioner of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
  • The Honourable Alastair Nicholson AO QC RFD, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, former Chair of the Parole Board of Victoria, Former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
  • Peter Norden, AO FANZSOC, Honorary Fellow in Criminology at Deakin University, Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology. Peter has worked for criminal justice reform for many years, including as Pentridge Prison Chaplain; as the Founder and CEO of Jesuit Social Services; and as Convenor of the Victorian Criminal Justice Coalition.


In alphabetical order:

  • The Honourable Fred Chaney AO, former Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Social Security and Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party. Former Deputy President National Native Title Tribunal and Co-Chair Reconciliation Australia
  • The Honourable Peter Dowding SC, former Premier of Western Australia
  • Professor Pat DudgeonPhD BAappSc. GDip (Psych) FAPS, Director of the UWA Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, Lead CI on a NHMRC Million Minds Mission Grant Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing, and fellow in the Australian Psychological Society
  • Dennis Eggington, CEO Aboriginal Legal Service Adjunct Professor Curtin University
  • Dr Hannah McGlade, Associate Professor Curtin University, Member of the Medical Board of Australia, and Member of UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues  
  • Her Honour Antoinette Kennedy AO, former Chief Judge of the District Court of Western Australia 
  • Greg McIntyre SC, Executive Board Member, Law Council of Australia and immediate past president Law Society of Western Australia
  • The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC, former Chief Justice of Western Australia
  • Her Honour Kate O’Brien, former District Court Judge and President of the Children’s Court
  • The Honourable Denis Reynolds CitWA, former President of the Children's Court of Western Australia and Senior Judge of the District Court of Western Australia
  • Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Australian of the Year
  • The Honourable Ian Viner AO QC, former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Industrial Relations and Leader of the Government in the House of Representatives, former President of the WA and Australian Bar Associations and Deputy Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
  • Ted Wilkes AO, former Director of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service in Perth and former Associate Professor and Co-team Leader of the Aboriginal Australian Research Program at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute
  • The Honourable Mary Ann Yeats AM, former President of the Children’s Court of Western Australia and former Judge of the District Court of Western Australia


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