Committees

Liberty Victoria has dedicated, experienced and passionate people serving in management and policy roles on committees.

Management Committee

Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: President
Julian Burnside is a barrister, human rights advocate, author and the current president of Liberty Victoria   He is well known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers... View profile
Committee, Policy Committee, Management Committee
Title: Immediate Past President
Jessie Taylor BA(Hons) | LLB(Hons) | MSc(HA) is a lawyer working in the community sector, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. She currently sits on the Board of the Asylum... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: Senior Vice President
Sam Norton (LL.B., B.A) is partner in Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers having joined the firm in the latter part of 2006. Sam previously worked for Radford Legal in Stawell and St Arnaud, Lucas and... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Vice President
Jamie Gardiner is a vice-president of Liberty Victoria and a former member (2000–2009) of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. He was a community member of the Mental Health... View profile
Committee
Title: Vice President
Thomas Kane is a Melbourne businessman and photographer who joined the Management Committee of Liberty Victoria in 2010.  He sits on the Advisory Board of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: Vice-President
Julia is a barrister who practises in commercial, criminal and public law.  She also appears in quasi-criminal matters. Prior to coming to the bar, Julia was a lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler. Julia... View profile
Committee
Title: Treasurer
Michelle Bennett was appointed treasurer of Liberty Victoria in 2018.
Committee
Title: Secretary
Jessica Airs was appointed Secretary in November 2018
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: Management Committee and Policy Committee Member
Martin Radzaj works in criminal law in the areas of summary and indictable crime. He graduated with a double degree in law and commerce from Monash University. From 2014 until 2019 Martin worked as a... View profile

Policy Committee

Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: President
Julian Burnside is a barrister, human rights advocate, author and the current president of Liberty Victoria   He is well known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers... View profile
Committee, Policy Committee, Management Committee
Title: Immediate Past President
Jessie Taylor BA(Hons) | LLB(Hons) | MSc(HA) is a lawyer working in the community sector, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. She currently sits on the Board of the Asylum... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: Senior Vice President
Sam Norton (LL.B., B.A) is partner in Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers having joined the firm in the latter part of 2006. Sam previously worked for Radford Legal in Stawell and St Arnaud, Lucas and... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Vice President
Jamie Gardiner is a vice-president of Liberty Victoria and a former member (2000–2009) of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. He was a community member of the Mental Health... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: Vice-President
Julia is a barrister who practises in commercial, criminal and public law.  She also appears in quasi-criminal matters. Prior to coming to the bar, Julia was a lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler. Julia... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: Management Committee and Policy Committee Member
Martin Radzaj works in criminal law in the areas of summary and indictable crime. He graduated with a double degree in law and commerce from Monash University. From 2014 until 2019 Martin worked as a... View profile
Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Policy Committee
Spencer Zifcak was President of Liberty Victoria during 2011 and 2012. He is Allan Myers Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Legal Studies at Australian Catholic University. He obtained... View profile
Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Policy Committee Member
Greg Hanson is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in immigration law with over 14 years of professional experience practising in refugee/protection and general immigration law. Prior... View profile
Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Policy Committee Member
Gemma Cafarella was confirmed as a Policy Committee member in November 2018
Policy Committee
Tim Warner has been working on Privacy and e-Health issues at Liberty since 2008. A former Treasurer of Liberty, he is normally engaged in the boating industry at Anchor Marine of Sandringham. He... View profile
Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Michael Stanton is a barrister with a focus on appellate criminal and administrative law. Prior to becoming a barrister Michael was a youth and disability worker, researcher and associate at the... View profile
Policy Committee
Title: Policy Committee Member
Gregory Buchhorn was confirmed as a Policy Committee member in November 2018
Policy Committee
Title: Policy Committee Member
Brigid Arthur was confirmed as a member of the Policy Committee in November 2018
Policy Committee
Title: Pamela Curr
Pamela Curr was confirmed as a Policy Committee member in November 2018
Policy Committee
Kat is a policy professional with experience in human rights, consumer rights and fairer regulation. She is particularly interested in the future of human rights in an increasingly consumer-focused... View profile
Policy Committee
Title: Policy Committee Member
Julie Zhou was confirmed as a Policy Committee member in November 2018
Policy Committee
Title: Policy Committee Member
Sophie Stafford was confirmed as a Policy Committee member in November 2018