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One in Two: Juvenile Injustice

Every second young person in detention in Australia is Indigenous. The human impact of this confronting statistic is the destruction of families, the weakening of communities and the inadvertent creation of a training ground for young criminals.

This forum looks at the work of arts company Big hART, using its practical approach as a jumping-off point for a discussion of effective ways to tackle the tragic reality of juvenile incarceration.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Festival.


Portrait of Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy

Senior Yindjibarndi woman Allery Sandy is an accomplished painter, educator, performer and community leader. She worked in early childhood education for over 25 years, first running playgroups for needy children, then as the Aboriginal Education worker at Roebourne Pre-School and later teaching Yindjibarndi through a LOTE program.

Portrait of Peter McBain

Peter McBain

Peter McBain is the managing director of Brierty –a leader in Aboriginal engagement, which strives to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes in the employment of Aboriginal people and the engagement of Aboriginal-owned businesses as both suppliers and partners.

Portrait of Sophie McNeill

Sophie McNeill

Foreign Correspondent journalist Sophie McNeill has twice been awarded Australian Young TV Journalist of the Year and in 2010 won a Walkley award for her story Questions from Oruzgan. McNeill was based in the Middle East for SBS’S Dateline, where she reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Gaza.

Portrait of Barbara Baikie

Barbara Baikie

Barbara has over 20 years experience working at all levels of government across three jurisdictions, including at the senior executive level. This includes areas such as juvenile justice, disabilities, child protection, organisational services, workforce planning, human resources, industrial relations, asset management and learning and development.

Portrait of Scott Rankin

Scott Rankin

Scott Rankin is a writer, director and the creative director of Big hART. He is currently making new work in the Pilbara WA, Tasmania, NSW, ACT, NT, SA, as well as international touring works.

Art and Change

Arts and politics, creativity and change. The Wheeler Centre hosts riveting discussions with some of Australia’s most important intellectual and artistic voices as they explore the intersection between artistic creation and political action.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Festival.


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