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One in Two: Juvenile Injustice


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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.


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 Yind... Read more

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. Brierty has committed to the Aust... Read more

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, Pakist... Read more

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 relatio... Read more

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. Big hART is Scott’s passionate contribution to art and society. Now in its 21st year of designing and del... Read more


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