A Just Australia

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A Just Australia "is a national policy lobby group campaigning for just policies and programs for refugees and asylum seekers.

"Launched in July 2002, A Just Australia brings together over 11,500 individual supporters, 120 non-governmental organisations and over 70 prominent Australian Patrons." [1]

In April 2005 Kate Gauthier was appointed as National Coordinator of A Just Australia, replacing Howard Glenn. [2]


Accessed March 2008: [3]

Patrons [4]

  • Alice Garner, Actors for Refugees
  • Barry Jones (ALP) AO, Senior National ALP President; Board member, CARE Australia
  • Bill Kelty, former ACTU Assistant Secretary
  • Julian McDonald cfc, Chancellor, Australian Catholic University
  • Bridie Carter, actor
  • Carrillo Gantner AO, Vice-President, The Myer Foundation
  • Charles Caldas, music producer
  • Chris Sidoti, Human Rights Council of Australia; International Service for Human Rights, Geneva
  • Claudia Karvan, actor
  • Dennis Altman, Professor of Politics, Latrobe University
  • Don Watson, writer and satirist
  • Elizabeth Evatt AC, Honorary Visiting Professor of Law, University of New South Wales Law School; Chair of Board for Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Sydney
  • Eva Cox AO, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • Frank Sartor AO MP, NSW Minister for Planning, Redfern Waterloo, Science and Medical Research, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer)
  • Fred Chaney AO, Co-chair, Reconciliation Australia
  • Garry McDonald AO, actor; comedian
  • Hanifa Deen, Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University; former Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
  • Hilary McPhee AO, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, Univeristy of Melbourne; New Matilda board member
  • Hugh Mackay, social researcher and commentator
  • Ian Barker QC, former President, NSW Bar Association
  • Ian Chappell, former Australian cricket captain
  • Ian Lowe AO, President, Australian Conservation Foundation; Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Ian Macphee AO, former Immigration Minister; co-founder New Matilda; former ABC board director
  • Ian Parmenter, writer; television chef
  • Irving Saulwick AM, social researcher
  • Jack Thompson AM, actor
  • Jerzy Zubrzycki AO CBE, Emeritus Professor, ANU; former Director of Multicultural Affairs Queensland
  • Jim Soorley, Former Lord Mayor Brisbane
  • Joe Riordan AO, Former federal Minister; Former Snr Dep President, Australian Industrial Relations Commission; former Chair, Ethical Clothes Trading Council; former Member, Administrative Decisions Tribunal
  • John Coombs, Chairperson Bilagal
  • John Dowd AO, QC, The Hon., President, International Commission of Jurists (Australia); former NSW Attorney-General and State Opposition leader; former Justice of NSW Supreme Court.
  • John Gibson, barrister; President Refugee Council of Australia
  • John Hewson, AM, former leader of the federal Liberal Party of Australia; Dean, Macquarie Graduate School of Management
  • John Menadue AO, former public servant in Departments of Immigration and Prime Minister and Cabinet; former CEO of Qantas
  • John Newcombe AO OBE, tennis player; television commentator
  • John Singleton, founder and executive director, STW Group Ltd, a communications company
  • John Yu, Dr. AC, Chancellor, University of New South Wales
  • Julia King, Fairfax board of directors
  • Julian Burnside QC, barrister; author; human rights activist
  • Kate Atkinson, founding member, Actors for Refugees
  • Kate Durham, artist; filmmaker; human rights activist; founder of Spare Rooms for Refugees
  • Lillian Holt, University of Melbourne Fellow
  • Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE, Hononary Professorial Fellow, Flinders University; indigenous activist
  • Malcolm Fraser AC CH, Former Prime Minister of Australia; Founder CARE Australia
  • Marcus Einfeld, Dr. AO QC, former Justice of the Federal Court and Supreme Courts of NSW, ACT and WA
  • Margaret Reynolds, National President, United Nations Association of Australia
  • Mark Raper SJ AM
  • Martin Wesley-Smith AM, Australian composer
  • Martina Mombassa
  • Mary Crock, Dr., Associate Professor of Law, University of Sydney
  • Mem Fox AM, children's author; Associate Professor at Flinders University
  • Michael Hill, lawyer
  • Mike Carlton, broadcaster; writer
  • Mike Coward, writer; criket commentator
  • Murray Williams AO
  • Neville Roach AO, former Chair of the Council for Multicultural Australia and of the Business (Migration) Advisory Panel (resigned from both positions in 2002 over the Howard Government's immigration and refugee policies)
  • Nicholas Cowdery AM, NSW Director of Public Prosecutions; President, International Association of Prosecutors
  • Nick Greiner, AC, former Premier of NSW
  • Nouria Salehi, Dr. OAM, Coordinator, Afghan Support Group
  • Patrick Dodson, Chair, the Lingiari Foundation
  • Phillip Adams AO, broadcaster; writer
  • Peter Baume AO, former Senator and Federal Minister
  • Reg Mombassa, artist; musician
  • Renata Kaldor AO, Deputy Chancellor, The University of Sydney
  • Bill Crews AM, Exodus Foundation; Ashfield Uniting Church
  • Tim Costello, Collins Street Baptist Church
  • Ric Charlesworth AM
  • Robert Manne, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Latrobe University
  • Santo Cilauro, actor
  • Sharan Burrow, President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Ian George AO, Anglican Archnishop of Adelaide
  • Tom Long, actor
  • Tuong-Quang Luu AO, Head of SBS Radio
  • Richard Peek KBE OBE CB, former Chief of the Royal Australian Navy


Web: http://www.ajustaustralia.com

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Who we are, A Just Australia, accessed March 31, 2008.
  2. New National Coordinator, A Just Australia, accessed March 31, 2008.
  3. Directors, A Just Australia, accessed March 19, 2008.
  4. Patrons List, A Just Australia, accessed March 19, 2008.