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Access to Justice: Law, Policing and Power


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How do we hold structures of power accountable? And what happens when justice fails the very people it’s supposed to help?

About the Event

Three significant voices come together to discuss the social, political and legal barriers to justice in Australia, and to examine how structures of power can better serve the individuals and communities who depend on them.

Hear from Walkley Award-winning journalist and author Dan Box (The Man Who Wasn’t There: A true story about lies, murder and the Territory), Gunai/Kurnai woman and award-winning author Veronica Gorrie (Black and Blue: A memoir of racism and resilience), and lawyer and human rights campaigner Isabelle Reinecke (Courting Power: Law, Democracy and the Public Interest in Australia).

Together, they’ll draw on their experiences across law, media, policing and activism to reveal challenging and necessary truths about accessing justice in this country, and consider what changes are needed to ensure true justice for all. Hosted by Monique Hurley, Managing Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre.


Sponsored by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner in support of improving access to justice for Victorians.


The event is supported by the Human Rights Law Centre.


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About the Bookseller

The bookseller for this event is Mary Martin Bookshop.


Dan Box

Dan Box is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and bestselling author. He has previously worked for The Australian, the BBC and London’s The Sunday Times. He has won awards in both the UK and Australia, including for investigative reporting, feature writing and true crime writing.

Veronica Gorrie

Ronnie Gorrie is a is a Gunai/Kurnai and Gunditjmara woman. (She/Her) is an award-winning author for her memoir Black and Blue. Aunty Ronnie’s next book – When Cops are Criminals will be published next year. Ronnie is also the Executive Officer of Pay the Rent, a grassroots Aboriginal Organi... Read more

Monique Hurley

Monique Hurley joined the Human Rights Law Centre in November 2018 and works in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to call out racial injustice and demand a fairer legal system for everyone. She also advocates for governments to close prisons and works to ... Read more

Isabelle Reinecke

Isabelle Reinecke is a prominent leader successfully driving system change on the critical issues of our time, helping build a fairer, safer and more inclusive Australia. In 2017, Isabelle founded Grata Fund, a leading not-profit that acts as a campaigner, litigation incubator and funder for people ... Read more


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