2019 Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Bryan Dawe
Writer, Actor and Political Satirist

Dinner Speaker

Bryan Dawe is one of Australia’s finest political satirists. He has enjoyed a long, successful career writing and performing on national radio, television and film. Best-known for his work with the late John Clarke on the ABC’s 7.30 Report where they prick the balloons of the nation’s alleged political leaders.   Bryan was also a cast member and writer of the critically acclaimed and highly successful spoof of the Sydney Olympics, the ABC TV series ‘The Games’.

His film credits include the Australia hit comedy ‘The Castle’, ‘The Honorable Wally Norman’, and Paul Cox’s ‘Lust and Revenge’.

For many years, Bryan has been writing and performing two much loved satirical characters on ABC Radio: ‘Sir Murray Rivers QC and ‘Roly Parks’ with his ‘Letter from Kalangadoo’.

Another facet of his many talents include his luminous, avante-garde photography. His first exhibition ‘Imperfect Illusions’ was held in Melbourne in 2005 and was followed in Sydney and Canberra in 2006.   His current exhibition ‘Interval’ is showing until February 24th at Monash Gallery of Art at Wheelers Hill in Victoria (www.bryandawe.com.au). The show tours to Canberra, Sydney and Queensland in the second part of 2008.


Gideon Haigh
Australian Author and Journalist

Excellence in Communication – how we communicate decisions well, both in writing and orally, and how we can provide clear information for the community about the work we do

Born in London and based in Melbourne, Gideon Haigh has been a journalist almost thirty years, and written widely on business, sport, both and neither. Gideon Haigh has been a club cricketer since he was nine and a journalist since he was 18. He is the author of 30 books, 20 of them about cricket.

Justice Chris Maxwell AC
President, Victoria Court of Appeal

Communicating with self-represented litigants – what is required to ensure procedural fairness

Justice Maxwell commenced practice at the Bar in 1984. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998. Justice Maxwell was appointed President of the Court of Appeal in July 2005. In June 2015, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Rosalie Martin
Speech Pathologist, Criminologist & Courage Facilitator

All things not being equal: communication accessibility

Rosalie (Rosie) is a criminologist, a facilitator of reflective dialogue with the Center for Courage & Renewal, and a speech pathologist with 35 years of clinical experience.

She founded the charity Chatter Matters Tasmania to support communication and positive relatedness within settings of disadvantage.

In 2017 Rosie was awarded Tasmanian Australian of the Year for the work she began at Tasmania’s Risdon Prison: the Just Sentences literacy pilot project and the Just Time parent-child attachment program.

Rosie also works in her state-wide private speech pathology practice, runs regular reflective dialogue events, and speaks at conferences and workshops on the topics of communication, connection, and their relationship to justice.

Rosie is interested in kindness in evidence-based service delivery, the attainability of #100PercentLiteracy, and in increasing understanding that warm connection is the basis of all learning, inclusion, positive progress and transformation.

Martine Powell is a Professor in the Griffith Criminology Institute and Founding Director of the Centre for Investigative Interviewing at Griffith University. She is a world-leading expert in investigative interviewing and evidence-based methods of teaching interviewing skills that will be sustained long-term in the field. Prof Powell has nearly 30 years of experience conducting research in this area, and 260 publications on investigative interviewing and related topics. She has designed, implemented and evaluated interviewer training programs for a diverse range of professional groups within Australia and internationally. Prof Powell’s research is best described as practice-based, conducted in collaboration with industry partners to inform decisions about how to improve investigative and evidential interviewing.

Justice Steven Rares
Federal Court of Australia

Speaking the right social media language

Steven Rares was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 2006.  He is also an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island.

He graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and after two years working in a solicitors’ firm he was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1980.  He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1993.  In 2004 and 2005 he was a member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales.

Justice Rares is currently a National co-convening judge and the New South Wales registry convening judge for the Admiralty and Maritime National Practice Area and a member of the Comité Maritime International’s International Working Group on Offshore Activities.  Between October 2014 and October 2016, he was President of the Judicial Conference of Australia.  He is a Deputy President and a member of the Board of Management of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration.  He is also the Chairman of the Consultative Council for Australian Law Reporting.

Justice Iain Ross AO
President, Australian Fair Work Commission

Push, Pull or Nudge: How Nudge Theory can offer new ways to get the message across

On 1 March 2012 Iain was appointed Judge of the Federal Court and President of Fair Work Australia (now Fair Work Commission)

Prior to his present appointment, Iain was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  Iain was also Chair of the Council of Australasian Tribunals from June 2010 to April 2014 and the inaugural Chair of the Mediator Standards Board, a position he relinquished in October 2011.

Carly Schrever
Judicial Wellbeing Advisor, Judicial College of Victoria

Managing stress and maximising wellbeing for decision makers on tribunals, boards and panels

Carly Schrever is a lawyer, psychologist and award-winning empirical researcher.  Carly undertook Australia’s first empirical study measuring stress and wellbeing among judges and magistrates for her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne. She is Judicial Wellbeing Advisor to the Judicial College of Victoria and regularly presents on the topic at national and international judicial and tribunal conferences

Bernard McCabe
Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The importance of story-telling and narrative in decision-making

Deputy President Bernard McCabe is Division Head of the Taxation and Commercial and Small Business Taxation Divisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He was appointed as a Deputy President on 25 March 2016. Mr McCabe was first appointed as a part-time Member of the AAT in 2001 and later as a full-time Senior Member in 2003. He was previously an Associate Professor of Law at Bond University. He was also a member of the Legal Committee of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee between 1998 and 2001.

Carolyn McSporran
Principal Registrar, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Exploring the potential for online dispute resolution

Carolyn McSporranis currently on a short secondment with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria acting in the role of Director, Specialist Courts and Programs. Her substantive role is as the Principal Registrar of VCAT, and her appointment in April 2017 was as VCAT’s first female Principal Registrar.

Carolyn joined VCAT in 2017 after 15 years at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), where she played a strong role in building collaborative partnerships with state and federal governments, and other institutions. In 2015, Carolyn was seconded to the Department of Justice and Regulation to work on the Access to Justice Review, providing expert advice on VLA’s role in supporting equitable access to legal support services.

Susan Burdon-Smith
Senior Member, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Working with interpreters; a practical workshop bringing some tricky issues into focus

Katarina Palmgren
Court Legal Advisor at Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

Exploring the potential for online dispute resolution

Katarina Palmgren is a Court Legal Advisor at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Prior to her role at the Magistrates’ Court, Katarina was a Senior Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria and worked as a legal advisor to the judiciary at the International Criminal Court, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

In 2017, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust awarded Katarina a fellowship to explore the use of online dispute resolution to resolve small civil disputes and how to best integrate an online court in Victoria. Katarina’s Churchill Fellowship Report was published in November 2018.

Katarina has a BA and LLB from the University of Western Australia and has undertaken Masters studies at Harvard University.

Ian Lulham
Deputy President and Head of Civil Claims List, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Exploring the potential for online dispute resolution

Ian Lulham is a Deputy President of VCAT, Head of the Civil Claims List and Director of ADR.

Ian has practiced law:

  • through the recession of the mid 1980s,
  • when commercial arbitration would make litigation obsolete,
  • during the collapse of commercial arbitration in the marketplace,
  • when war was declared on mediation by arbitrators,
  • as the County Court adopted mediation,
  • watching the stampede of arbitrators becoming mediators,
  • through the slow dawning upon the legal profession that the Fair Trading Act was substantially amended in 1993,
  • as the Domestic Building Contracts Act gave some exclusive jurisdiction to VCAT,
  • when VCAT’s jurisdiction was under siege by building lawyers (VCAT won),
  • as Aon Risk Services v ANU promised to end delay and undue expense in litigation,
  • at the dawn of the Civil Procedure Act 2010,
  • during the rise of the self-represented litigant, and
  • through it all, seeing the consistent growth of civil litigation conducted in VCAT.

Ian was a sessional member of VCAT from 1998 until 2010, and in his private practice as a legal practitioner developed a practice as a “third-party neutral” including as a mediator, an arbitrator, an expert determiner, a member of disciplinary panels, and the supervising solicitor in the execution of Anton Pillar orders. In this period Ian had a substantial involvement in various committees of the Law Institute of Victoria concerned with litigation, ADR and specialisation.

Ian became a full time senior member of VCAT in 2010 and has primarily worked in civil claims, owners corporations disputes, and alternative dispute resolution.

He holds a Masters degree in Commercial Law, from the University of Melbourne.

Leonie Campbell
Deputy Director, Policy, Law Council of Australia

The Justice Project – improving access for groups with particular communication needs

Ms Leonie Campbell is the Deputy Director of Policy at the Law Council of Australia, the national peak body for the legal profession. In this role, she currently has carriage of the Law Council’s response to federal matters including human rights and equality before the law, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, migration and elder law. Under the guidance of a Steering Committee chaired by The Hon Robert French AC, she previously led the Law Council’s Justice Project work throughout 2017-2018. This work has continued to inform the Law Council’s response on a diverse range of nationally significant matters such as juvenile detention, Indigenous incarceration, several Royal Commissions, access to justice and religious freedoms.

Ms Campbell holds a LLB(Hons)/BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a LLM (Dist.) from Australian National University. She has previously worked as a solicitor and a federal policy adviser.

Arthur Moses SC has been practising at the NSW Bar for over 25 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the state of NSW. He is the immediate past President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a Director of Law Council since July 2014.

He practises in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, proceeds of crime litigation, military law, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial, equity and appeals in all jurisdictions.

Mr Moses regularly appears before the Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia as well as appellate Courts in other states and territories. He is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve.

David Manne
Executive Director of Refugee Legal

Panel Discussion

David Manne is a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal (previously the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre (RILC)). He has worked in various capacities assisting refugees and asylum seekers for over 20 years. He has headed up Refugee Legal for the last decade.

David sat on the Board of the Refugee Council of Australia for seven years, and currently the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Ethics Committee, and a number of peak Government consultative bodies. He has also been appointed to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Advisory Board of Eminent Persons. He has been invited to attend and present at the UN High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges on numerous occasions. David has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

David has also headed Refugee Legal’s legal teams in successfully arguing 10 out of 10 landmark High Court challenges.

Tessa van Duyn
Legal Manager, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Panel Discussion

Tessa van Duyn is the Manager of the Legal Unit at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. For over a decade, Tessa has been working as a human rights and equal opportunity lawyer at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and enjoys the breadth and depth of the work that arises out of delivering on the Commission’s vision of a Victorian community where every person values, understands and respects human rights and equal opportunity. Tessa has a track record in effecting systemic change and impact through the use of strategic advocacy, education, collaborative partnerships and law reform projects in the human rights landscape. Prior to joining the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Tessa spent 6 years working as a Senior Lawyer at Clayton Utz in the public law litigation team, and relished every opportunity to expand her pro bono practice, including a 3 month position as a locum lawyer at the Kimberley Community Legal Centre as part of Clayton Utz’ pro bono commitment.

Rowan Hughes
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)

Rowan Hughes has been working with TIS National for over 16 years, he has performed many roles within TIS including as a contact centre operator, team leader, feedback officer, interpreter liaison officer and currently as a Senior Account Manager


The COAT is intended to facilitate liaison and discussion between the heads of tribunals. It will support the development of best practice models and model procedural rules, standards of behaviour and conduct for members and increased capacity for training and support for members.