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Brendan Nottle, The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle was the winner of the prestigious Melburnian of the Year award 2013. He was also awarded the contribution to community by an individual Melbourne award in 2011, and the Moomba Monarch in 2012.
These honours are recognition of Major Nottle’s work overseeing the operations of The Salvation Army in Melbourne’s CBD. Each week in Melbourne, The Salvation Army serves 2,000 meals and provides practical and emotional support to people in need of assistance from its centre on Bourke Street. This centre also acts as the hub for outreach work with Melbourne’s homeless and the base for mobile Street Teams, an initiative in partnership with the City of Melbourne to provide people in the city with additional support over Friday and Saturday nights.
Major Nottle is a father of three and also serves as Collingwood Football Club’s volunteer chaplain.

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Ali Halkic, Director/Board Member, Bully Zero Foundation

Ali Halkic’s son, Allem was a 17 year old vivacious teenager with a promising future until he tragically fell victim to cyber bullying. Since his death Ali has been strenuously working to educate Australians about the dangers and devastating impact of cyber bullying.
He successfully lobbied the Victorian state government to introduce the barriers on the Westgate Bridge, Melbourne, which have helped prevent hundreds of suicides.
Ali is well respected by the media and various stakeholders, he devotes much of his time to the Foundation’s vision and continues to assist in the delivery of bullying prevention programs.

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Bevan Warner, Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid

Bevan Warner was appointed Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid in 2008. He has 20 years’ senior executive experience including in Corrections and in Aboriginal Affairs where he developed an appreciation of the diversity and underlying causes of the over representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice and child protection systems. Bevan was formerly the General Manager of Legal Aid Western Australia.

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Jennifer Kanis, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Jennifer Kanis is Director of Advocacy and Campaigns at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, an independent not for profit organisation offering a range of services to people seeking asylum in our community.
Jennifer is also on the boards of Melbourne Health, and Victoria Legal Aid.
Previously, Jennifer has been a Senior Legal Advisor at Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and a Senior Associate at Holding Redlich.
She was a member of Parliament for the Seat of Melbourne, Parliament of Victoria (2012-2014), and a City of Melbourne Councillor (2008-2012).

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Brendan Schwab, General Secretary, Australian Athletes Alliance

Brendan is an experienced Chief Executive and Lawyer, specialising in labour law, collective bargaining and dispute resolution, particularly in professional team sports. He is committed to the development of first class labour conditions which will benefit elite athletes, their representatives and their sports throughout the world. Brendan is highly skilled in football’s unique jurisprudence and is also a strong advocate for player rights across a range of sports.
In 2012, Brendan established International Player Relations (IPR), a specialist legal, advocacy and advisory firm. IPR focuses on promoting cooperation and innovation between employees and employers.
Brendan is deeply committed to the rights of all professional athletes and the wellbeing of Australian sport. He is a co-founder of the Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA), which today represents eight player unions and over 3,f00 athletes in sports such AFL, basketball, rugby, rugby league, cricket, netball, horse racing (jockeys) and, of course, football. He presently acts as the AAA’s part-time General Secretary.

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Helen Versey, Legal Member, Mental Health Tribunal

Helen Versey is a lawyer with extensive experience at a senior executive and CEO level in the public service. She worked in private practice as a litigation lawyer and advocate in the UK, Darwin & Perth until she joined the WA Equal Opportunity Commission as the Senior Lawyer. In that role she oversaw a number of amendments to the WA Equal Opportunity Act, represented complainants and successfully argued several cases with national impact before the WA Equal Opportunity Tribunal. She was a member of the Commission’s Corporate Executive and acted as Commissioner in the Commissioner’s absence.
Helen joined the newly formed Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner as Deputy Commissioner in 2001. She was Victoria’s second Privacy Commissioner from March 2006 to March 2012.
Since retiring as Privacy Commissioner Helen has worked as Principal Solicitor/Manager of the Mental Health Legal Centre, before taking up her present position as a Legal Member with the Mental Health Tribunal.

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Joh Kirby, Executive Director, Victoria Law Foundation

Joh has been in her current role with the Foundation since 2008. Joh has a strong commitment to making the law more understandable to all Victorians and in 2010 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practice in community legal education.

Before her appointment, Joh was the Grants Manager at the Foundation and a lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Joh’s interest in community education and publishing was developed when working in conservation before qualifying as a lawyer.

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Oscar Yildiz

Oscar Yildiz is the CEO of Bully Zero. Since 2012, Oscar has been a passionate anti-bullying advocate, tirelessly coordinating a motivated team to ensure all Australians live fulfilling lives, free from all forms of bullying.

Oscar has held the following positions: teacher at primary, secondary, TAFE and university levels, Managing Director, Marketing Manager, Justice of the Peace (JP), Mayor, Councillor, and Franchise Owner. He was elected to Council in November 2008. He held the position of Mayor of Moreland from Dec 2010 – Nov 2011 and Nov 2012 – Oct 2013. He is currently a Portfolio Councillor for Organisational Development and Urban Safety and a Councillor responsible for Recreation and leisure.

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Tony Brock, Metro Trains Melbourne

Tony Brock has been driving trains in Melbourne for the last 37 years. Tony has been elected as the Occupational, Health and Safety representative for 50 drivers across three train groups, and is an informal leader among the wider train driving community for driver welfare issues.

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Andrew Lezala, Metro Trains Melbourne and TrackSAFE

Andrew Lezala is a board member of TrackSAFE, as well as the CEO of Metro Trains Melbourne. He is a Chartered Engineer, and has worked as a graduate trainee and then engineer at British Rail Engineering Limited, also working overseas in China and Australia. He was President of DaimlerChrysler’s Rail Systems in Australia. He became President of the Services Division at Bombardier Transportation. He held the position of CEO at Jarvis. He was the CEO of Metronet Rail in the UK from 2005-7. He became the Managing Director of Air Rail Transit Ltd in 2008.

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Bob Herbert AM, TrackSAFE

Bob Herbert is Chairman of the TrackSAFE Foundation. Bob is in a unique position to contribute to the cause of minimising rail trauma, having a strong reputation with business, Government, trade unions, and community organisations. In 2005 Bob was made a Member of the Order of Australia, the citation reading “for services to industry, particularly in the area of industrial relations reform, industry training and skills development”.

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Dr Sonja Hood

Dr Sonja Hood is General Manager of The Huddle at North Melbourne Football Club. The Huddle is a modern and innovative educational and community facility embedded within the North Melbourne Football Club. The focus of the Huddle is to enhance social cohesion by addressing youth disengagement in the local area and to re-define the way in which sporting organisations interact with their communities. Dr Hood holds a PhD in Health Science and is involved with Inspire: Women of North Melbourne Football Club.

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The team at The Huddle

The Huddle is . It is run by a team of committed staff and volunteers. Two dedicated local volunteers are Mufaro Muneri and Majok ‘Shaggy’ Ngong. Shaggy arrived in Australia in 2005 and while playing soccer his best mate introduced him to AFL and he fell in love with the game! He is a volunteer at a number of clubs and also an AFL Community Ambassador to raise awareness of AFL and promote the game to newly arrived people in Australia. Mufaro was introduced to AFL when he moved from being a dedicated rugby fan in Queensland, to WA and discovering AFL in Year 7! He has been a volunteer for two years after doing some work experience with North Melbourne Football Club. Staff at The Huddle include Sarah Bourke, Community Programs Manager who coordinates programs across various platforms such as sport, techonology and education, and Sean Dixon, Sport and Recreation Officer whose role is to engage young people through the various sporting programs run by The Huddle.

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Paul Dore, Juries Commissioner’s Office

As the Juries Commissioner, Paul Dore is responsible for the efficient and effective management of Victoria’s jury system. He leads a team of dedicated staff across the State to ensure a sufficient number of Victorian citizens, broadly representative of the community, are available to serve as jurors on Supreme Court and County Court criminal and civil trials. Paul has extensive experience in researching and implementing complex operational, service and administrative initiatives across courts.

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Tia Gaffney, Delta-V Experts

Tia Gaffney is a Senior Forensic Engineer at Delta-V Experts.
Tia has 14 years experience with expertise in Vehicle Crashworthiness Analysis, Vehicular Collision Reconstruction, Biomechanical Analysis, Mechanical Failure Analysis, Workplace Safety, Industrial Incidents, Slips/Trips/Falls. She has reduced human casualties through various D-V projects and investigations, including investigations and vehicle safety-related projects for the State Coroner of Victoria, BHP Billiton, Victoria Police, VicRoads, Victorian Parliament, and Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council.

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Greg Barber MLC, Victorian Greens

Greg Barber MLC is the Parliamentary Leader of the Victorian Greens. Greg was elected to the Parliament of Victoria in November 2006, joining his colleagues Sue Pennicuik and Colleen Hartland to be the first members of The Greens to enter State Parliament in Victoria as Members of Legislative Council. Greg holds the Environment, Finance & Indigenous Affairs Portfolio.

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Steve McGhie, Ambulance Employees Australia

Steve McGhie is Secretary at Ambulance Employees Australia (AEA) and has been with the AEA since 1995. He is also their Victorian media spokesperson. He has played a significant role in the fight for fair wages and better services for paramedics in Victoria and Australia.

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Darren Blyth

Darren is a qualified Horticulture Technician and has been doing this type of work since completing his apprenticeship.  He was working for Brimbank City Council as a gardener when he sustained an injury to his knee. Surgery was required to repair the damage to his knee.  Following his knee injury his employment was terminated, as he was unable to return to his pre-injury duties. Darren shares his story with viewers.

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Kate Carnell AO, beyondblue

Kate Carnell is the CEO of beyondblue. She is an Australian businesswoman and a former Liberal Party politician, who served as the third Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from 1995 to 2000. She is former CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and former CEO of the Australian General Practice Network.

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Professor Spencer Zifcak, Australian Catholic University

Spencer Zifcak is a Past President of Liberty Victoria. He is Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Legal Studies at Australian Catholic University. His principal areas of research and teaching are in public international law, comparative constitutional law, international human rights law and international organization. 

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Alex Martin, Quantum Funding

Alex is CEO of Quantum Litigation Funding, providing funding to help people resolve their legal disputes. Alex brings significant experience as a lawyer and dispute resolution expert. Alex is accredited by the Australian Security and Investment Commission to operate a credit business and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.

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Dr Beth Wilson AM, former Health Services Commissioner

Dr Wilson was Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner from 1997 to 2012. Her main responsibility was to receive and resolve complaints about health service providers. Dr Wilson has held positions as a president of the Mental Health Review Board, a senior legal member of the Social Security Appeals Board and legal member of the WorkCare Appeals Board. In 2003 Dr Wilson was recognised for her services to health with a Centenary Medal. On Australia Day 2013 she received a Member of the Order of Australia “for significant service to the community of Victoria through the provision of dispute resolution in the area of health services”.

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Andrew Wood and Greg Cahill, firefighters

Andrew Wood and Greg Cahill are operational firefighters who came on the PI Show to share their personal experiences. Andrew was burnt whilst saving police from an explosion in Middle Park, Victoria, in January 2014. Greg Cahill was recently and successfully treated for kidney cancer, having his kidney removed. Both men support calls for presumptive legislation to better enable firefighters to access compensation for work-related cancers.

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Peter Marshall, United Firefighters Union

Peter Marshall is National Secretary of the United Firefighters Union of Australia. He also holds the positions of the United Firefighters Union of Australia Victoria Branch Secretary and International Fire Fighters Unions Alliance Chairperson. Peter began his career as a firefighter in 1984 and continues to be an operational firefighter today.

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Tim Vines, Civil Liberties Australia

Tim is the Vice-President and media spokesperson for Civil Liberties Australia, for which he has campaigned against genetic discrimination and gene patenting. He has a Law degree from ANU in Canberra. Tim graduated in 2008 with Honours, after contributing several papers on health law reform in Australia. He currently works in a government department.

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