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ADI Public Policy Forum: “The Voice in Context: Why listening to the voices of the past is key to seeing the way forward to the future”

ADI Public Policy Forum: “The Voice in Context: Why listening to the voices of the past is key to seeing the way forward to the future”

Event Venue:

Deakin Downtown 727 Collins StreetDocklands, VIC, 3008, Australia ( Map )

Please join us for our next ADI Public Policy Forum on Wednesday 27 September:

This is an in-person event taking place at Deakin Downtown. Please register via Eventbrite by COB Friday 22 September for catering purposes. We welcome you to join us at 5.30 pm for refreshments prior to the forum commencing at 6:00 pm. 

Zoom registration for online viewing: The above Eventbrite registration is for in-person attendance at Deakin Downtown in Melbourne. If you wish to tune in via Zoom webinar, please register here


This timely panel discussion will unpack the important opportunity presented by the Voice drawing upon what we have begun to learn about two centuries of listening to, or more frequently failing (willfully or out of ignorance) to listen to, indigenous voices. 


Prof Mark Rose is Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and innovation at Deakin University. Mark is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria. With a forty-four-year career in education Mark has contributed to a broad range of educational settings within the state as well as nationally and internationally.  In that time, he has sat on five ministerial advisory committees, co-chaired the Victorian Implementation Review of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and Chaired Batchelor Council. 

A/Prof Joanna Cruickshank is Associate Professor in History at Deakin University. Joanna is a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery (Indigenous) Project which examines the leadership of Aboriginal people in conducting lawful relations with the settler government in Victoria.  From 2011-2016, Joanna was part of a team awarded an ARC Linkage Grant for the “Minutes of Evidence” project, which examines the ways in which colonial and postcolonial societies have responded to injustice. 

Travis Lovett is a Commissioner of Victoria’s truth telling process, the Yoorrook Justice Commission. Travis is a Kerrupmara Gunditjmara Traditional Owner. He has held senior leadership roles in the Victorian Public Service, including as Executive Director and Acting Deputy Secretary, First Peoples State Relations, at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He played key role in supporting Victoria to progress and implement Treaty and Truth telling. He also played a key role in the expansion and reform of the Magistrates’ and Children’s Koori Courts across Victoria. 


ADI Policy Forums aim to provide a high-profile platform for the Institute to bring together policy makers, researchers and community members for informed debate on important emerging policy issues. They foster informed debate, engage the public and provide research-led input to policy formation at national, State and regional levels. 

Photography consent: Photographs taken during the evening may be used by Deakin University in University publications, promotional material, on the website and in social media. 


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