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NAIDOC Week – Day 4 – MaDURRUNG (HEART) – STORYTELLING

Indigenous culture is an oral storytelling tradition. Stories and songs are sophisticated. They’ve been passed on for millennia. Gradual learning. Infinite knowledge. All the qualities of fine literature are highly finessed – poetry, rhyme, patois, character development, hero stories of […]

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NAIDOC Week – Day 2 – Waa – The Raven

WAA – the Raven[1] Waa is the Wurundjeri wilan moiety totem. It is the crow, also called the raven.  ‘“Caw” says the crow as she flies over head, It’s time little people were going to bed”![2]’  A father sings a […]

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NAIDOC Week – Day 1 Wurundjeri-wilam – White gum tree dwellers

Wurundjeri-wilam[1]– White gum tree dwellers During this incredible year of challenges, sacrifice and suffering, we had opportunities to learn and connect with the land on which live and worked during lock down. Kellehers office sits on Wurundjeri Country.  By chance, […]

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Matters from the Heart – Australia’s continuing failure to resolve Indigenous injustice

Australia continues to fail its Indigenous citizens. This failure extends across all aspects of Australian life -from the destruction of sacred sites to denial of fundamental legal rights, such as habeas corpus (innocent until proved guilty) and “justice is blind […]

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Birrarung – The Yarra River

The Yarra River is currently undergoing strategic planning.  A Planning Panel today completed hearings into a proposed Yarra Strategic Plan.  The River has great Indigenous significance. We support genuine consultation and involvement with Traditional Owners to ensure proper protection of […]

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Mental Health and Legal Support: COVID packages

In-House Memorandum ~ Mental Health and Legal Support: COVID packages Two major stimulus packages impact legal services. However, it is far from clear how responsive these are to the mental health impacts on highly stressed and distressed clients concerning unresolved […]

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Responding to COVID-19 in the building and planning industries – Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce

In-House Memorandum ~ On 3 May 2020, the Victorian government established the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce (Taskforce), co-chaired by Roger Teale, Jude Munro AO and Stan Krpan, to examine policy measures in the building and planning industries that can be […]

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Anzac Day: COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020

Last Friday, the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (Omnibus Act) received royal assent, following an emergency sitting of parliament on Thursday, 23 April 2020. The Act came into operation on Anzac Day, Saturday, 25 April 2020. This legislation provides […]

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COVID-19 Planning Law Adaptation Update

The Victorian planning system remains slow to respond to COVID-19. This NewsFlash updates on three key changes – VCAT process, Liquor control and certain hours of operation permit conditions (Amendment VC181). Changes to VCAT during COVID-19 Anyone experiencing financial hardship […]

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Hubert Algie awarded Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer 2020

Yesterday the Law Council of Australia (LCA) announced that the prestigious 2020 Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year has been awarded to Mr Hubert Algie. Conducted annually by the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group of the […]

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