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Robert Tickner AO

Robert Tickner AO is Australia’s longest serving Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and among other things was the Minister who co-ordinated the national response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. During his time in the portfolio he fought hard for Indigenous rights and wrote about his experiences in his book “Taking a Stand”. Prior to his election to the national parliament Robert worked as a solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern. After political life Robert was CEO of Australian Red Cross for ten years and acted as the Under Secretary General of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation in Geneva.

Robert believes that the national government (as well as state and territory governments) has a critical role in justice reform and in supporting justice reinvestment given the failed impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the current policies.