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Public hearings

Prosecution and sentencing of children for Commonwealth terrorist offences review



Session 1: Government Agencies

Public Hearing Welcome

Government Agencies

Session 2: Expert Witness

Session 3: Australian Human Rights Commission and Civil Society Representative



About the hearing participants


Dr James Renwick SC, INSLM
You can view more details about the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor on our about page.

Mark Mooney, INSLM Principal Advisor
Mark has worked in the INSLM Office since 2015 and was also the Principal Advisor to former Monitor, Mr Roger Gyles AO QC.

Christopher Tran, Counsel Assisting
Chris practises in commercial law, public law and industrial relations.  He frequently acts for and against government agencies.  He was previously an associate to Justice Hayne of the High Court and a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with the Supreme Court Prize and eight subject prizes, and he also holds a Master of Laws from Harvard University, where he studied as a Menzies Scholar and was awarded Dean’s Scholar Prizes for Administrative Law and Constitutional Analysis. Chris has published widely on administrative law, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, civil procedure, competition law, constitutional law, FOI, property law and WTO law.  He is a Reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports.

Jennifer Single, Counsel Assisting
Jennifer is regularly briefed by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in trials for offences of drug importations, white collar crime and terrorism.  She has appeared for the CDPP in both trials and appeals in the NSW District Court, NSW Supreme Court and the High Court.  Jennifer also regularly provides advice and appears for various Commonwealth entities on security matters. Jennifer is also regularly briefed by the NSW Crown Solicitors to advise and appear in high risk offender and forensic patient matters, parole applications and most notably in the application to retry an individual in connection with the Bowraville murders. She appeared for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. In 2017 Jennifer was counsel assisting the Public Inquiry into the Public Inquiry pursuant to the Charitable Fundraising Act which is more commonly known as the "RSL Inquiry".

David Rowe from Australian Government Solicitor
David is a lawyer in the Office of General Counsel at the Australian Government Solicitor. He holds degrees in law from the Australian National University and the University of Oxford and previously worked as associate to a Federal Court judge and as an advisor to a federal parliamentarian.

Government Agencies

Expert Witness

Co-Founder of STREAT and author of Young Blood: Understanding the Emergence of a New Cohort of Australian Jihadists, Dr Kate Barrelle
Dr Kate Barrelle is forensic and clinical psychologist with over 20-years’ experience. She specialises in reintegration of at-risk youth, including those radicalising towards violent extremism. Kate is the co-founder and Chief Impact Office at STREAT, a Melbourne-based social enterprise that provides holistic, tailored, intensive support and vocational training to young people who need a hand.

Australian Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow
Edward Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016. Ed leads the Commission’s work on detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; technology and human rights; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion. Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, public law and discrimination law. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre. In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. From 2010-2016, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education. Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a solicitor in private practice.

Director of Human Rights and Scrutiny John Howell
John Howell is the Director – Human Rights & Scrutiny at the Australian Human Rights Commission.  He manages the Commission’s Human Rights Scrutiny team which includes the portfolios of detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; technology and human rights; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion, and parliamentary and international human rights scrutiny;  and he advises the President of the Commission and the Human Rights Commissioner with respect to their work in these areas. John previously worked as a senior lawyer in the Commission’s legal section, where he provided legal advice to the Commission generally, including advising the Commission about human rights inquiries, reviews of proposed legislation, Australian anti-discrimination legislation, and intervention in court proceedings. Before joining the Commission John worked as a lawyer at the Crown Solicitor’s Office (SA) and in private practice. He has also lectured in constitutional law at the University of South Australia and the University of Technology Sydney.  

Civil Society Representative

International Commission of Jurists Victoria, Jessie Smith
Jessie Smith is a solicitor with joint conduct of the terrorism law practice at Stary Norton Halphen. Ms Smith has represented several young people charged with terrorism and foreign incursion offences.  One of her clients was MHK, the first child to plead guilty to a terrorism offence in Australia and the first to renounce violent extremism at plea. Ms Smith has developed an interest in the rehabilitation of terrorism offenders in the forensic setting.