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Professor Deborah Terry AO

Professor Deborah Terry AO

Prior to commencing this role in August 2020, Professor Terry served as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, in Western Australia (from February 2014 to July 2020). She was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2015, in recognition of her distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.

She is the Deputy Chair of the University Foreign Interference Taskforce Steering Group and is a former Chair of the Board of Universities Australia. Professor Terry is also a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; an appointed member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council; and serves on the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Board, the National Schools Resourcing Board and the AARNET Board.

Having grown up in Perth and Canberra, Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University in Canberra. From there, she commenced her distinguished career at UQ in 1990, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology. During her 24 years at UQ, Professor Terry progressed through a number of senior leadership roles to become Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, before leaving for her role as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University in early 2014.

The Honourable Matt Foley

The Honourable Matt Foley

Matt is a practising barrister and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the University of Queensland. From 1974-78 he was the social worker at the Aboriginal and Islander Legal Service in Brisbane, then lectured in social work at UQ before going to the Bar. In 1989 he was elected as Member for Yeronga in the Queensland Parliament where he served until 2004. He was Attorney General and Minister for the Arts in both the Goss and Beattie governments. His poetry has been published in anthologies of Queensland poetry, including “Place and Perspective” (Jacaranda Wiley 1983).

Anthony Abrahams AM

Anthony Abrahams AM

Anthony Abrahams played in the Australian Rugby team between 1967 and 1969. After deepening his knowledge of apartheid South Africa during the three-month Wallaby rugby tour of 1969, where he attracted the attention of the South African authorities for the depth of his inquiry, he declared his opposition to the continuation of sporting ties between Australia and South Africa. Coming directly after the end of the tour, his leading letter in the Australian press played a significant role in adding impetus to the incipient rumbles about Australia’s ties with apartheid sport in South Africa. 

After authoring further letters and being quoted in numerous press statements reinforcing his opposition, Anthony returned to Australia in 1971 to spearhead a stand, by seven Wallabies - himself, Jim Boyce, Paul Darveniza, James Roxburgh, Terry Foreman, the late Barry McDonald and the late Bruce Taafe - in support of the campaign to ban the South African Rugby and Cricket tours of that year.   

Anthony’s campaign tour took in all Australian mainland states and ultimately contributed, with the support of the other six Wallabies, to the cancellation of the South African Cricket Tour by the Sir Don Bradman-led Australian Cricket Board in mid-1971. The stand of the Seven Wallabies took place alongside the general “Stop the Tours Campaign”. The group of Seven Wallabies have ever since been recognised for their stand. Anthony Abrahams’ principal role in the stand was mentioned in the background bio to his recent award of an AM. 

Anthony Abrahams has maintained a strong commitment to Human Rights and Rule of law issues and writes on these subjects at various times. Much of his career as a lawyer has taken place in France where he was a partner in an international law firm. He returned to Australia in 1997 and lives in Sydney. 

Dr Valerie Cooms

Dr Valerie Cooms

Dr Valerie Cooms belongs to the Quandamooka people and is currently the Chair of the Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Registered Native Title Body Corporate. Valerie is a Director on Indigenous Business Australia, Aboriginal Hostels Limited and TAFE Queensland. Valerie was formerly the CEO of Queensland South Native Title Services and served as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal.  

Dan O'Neill

Dan O'Neill

Dan O'Neill, political activist and University of Queensland lecturer, is a powerful spokesperson and campaigner against war, racism, political and social injustice. He was a prominent leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement and the protests against apartheid and the Springbok rugby tour, as well as the Right to March rallies during the Bjelke-Petersen era in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Dan remains a highly respected public intellectual and articulate spokesperson for progressive social and political causes. 

Dr Anne Richards

Dr Anne Richards

Dr Anne Richards (aka Anne Galligan) teaches at Griffith University. Her memoir, A Book of Doors, based on the student radical movement at The University of Queensland in the late 1960s and 1970s, was released in 2020. Her awards include a Griffith Review Fellowship in 2018 and an ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship for her work on the Australian publishing industry. She co-edited and contributed to Making Books: Contemporary Australian Publishing

Prof Julianne Schultz AM FAHA

Prof Julianne Schultz AM FAHA

Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor and publisher of Griffith Review and Professor of Media and Culture in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. She also chairs The Conversation. In 2008 she edited a special edition of Griffith Review, Hidden Queensland, which explored the legacy of the state's recent history. Her forthcoming new book, The Idea of Australia, A Search for the Soul of the Nation will be published by Allen and Unwin.

Robert Atkinson AO APM

Robert Atkinson AO APM

Bob served as the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for 12 years from 2000 until his retirement in October 2012. In a 44 year policing career, Bob served from Goondiwindi to Cairns in a range of roles, including as a prosecutor and 20 years as a detective.

After his retirement from the QPS, Bob was appointed as one of six Commissioners of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which ran from 2012 to 2017. Bob is currently serving as Chair of Queensland’s nine-member Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce helping guide implementation of reforms arising from the Royal Commission.

In 2018, Bob was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Queensland Government to examine and report on a range of youth justice matters. In 2019, Bob was honoured as a Queensland Great in recognition of his continuing service to the Queensland community.

The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson AO

The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson AO

Roslyn Atkinson was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1998 to 2018.

Ms Atkinson also served as member (1992-94) and inaugural President of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (1994-97), Hearing Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (1994-97) and Chair of the Queensland Law Reform Commission (2002-2014).

In 2015 Ms Atkinson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the judiciary and to law reform in Queensland, through contributions to the legal profession and to promoting awareness of issues of injustice and inequality in Australia and internationally.

Prof Raymond Evans

Prof Raymond Evans

Raymond Evans is a well-known Australian social historian. He has written on many controversial issues especially upon various aspects of Australian race relations. He wrote about the anti-Springbok protests in Brisbane in Radical Brisbane, which he also co-edited. A recent memoir piece about these protests entitled: “Blue Days. Black Nights. Remembering Brisbane’s Anti-Apartheid Protests of 1971” was published in the Queensland Journal of Labour History No 32. 

Samuel Woripa Watson

Samuel Woripa Watson

Samuel Woripa Watson is a Wangerriburrah and Birri Gubba person, Aboriginal activist and Socialist. Sam is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) and has been involved in campaigning and organising for Invasion Day protests in Brisbane, environmental justice, refugee rights, and against Black deaths in custody and racism.


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