White Noise - Episode 2: Reimagining Royal Commissions

Show NotesEpisode Two– Reimagining Royal Commissions: giving up power with Yoorrook Commissioner Sue-Anne Hunter

For this White Noise episode, we speak with Sue-Anne Hunter, Wurundjeri and Ngurai Illum Wurrung woman and Deputy Chair of the Yoorrook Justice Commission.

This conversation was recorded and produced on Wurundjeri Country, in Naarm at the Melbourne Law School. We pay our respects to the custodians of Naarm, who have never ceded their sovereignty or their rights.

We spoke about the work of the Commission, as Australia’s first formal truth-telling body to address the wrongs experienced by First Peoples in Victoria throughout colonisation. Sue-Anne speaks about how she brings her background as a therapist into her work in the legal environment of a Commission to seek to keep people safe while they share their truth, and what her hopes are for this important process.

The Yoorrook Justice Commission is currently calling for submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You can make a submission to the Yoorrook commission via the Yoorrook website.

You can learn more about our guest, Sue-Anne’s work on her website.


A full transcript of this episode is available here


This episode raises difficult themes of colonial violence and intergenerational trauma. Please take care when deciding whether and how you listen to this podcast.
If it is of assistance to you, please seek out the following confidential counselling resources;

  • For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Yarning SafeNStrong (YSNS) is available to people and families who need to have a yarn with someone about their wellbeing 24/7. Call 1800 959 563 or email ysns@vahs.org.au
  • For all people in Australia, Lifeline is available to provide confidential counselling for people in emotional distress on 131114.


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More information on the episode

You can learn more about Yoorrrook’s work at:

You can learn more about First Nations healing at:

Production details

The White Noise podcast is a production of the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub at the University of Melbourne. You can find out more about us on our website, or by following us on Instagram.

The White Noise podcast is hosted by Jaynaya Dwyer, Research Fellow at the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub.

Vocalist John Wayne Parsons is a proud Yuggerabul and Ugarem le singer-songwriter, and composer of the jingle “White Noise”, lyrics inspired by family group - Mirror Child. With Guitarist - Cisco Kid in the production of the “White Noise” soundtrack produced by sound technician/ mixer - Patrick Telfer in the Recording Studios, at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.

Our thanks to the staff of the MLS digital studio for the production of this podcast:

  • Greta Robenstone – production
  • Ben Chandler – Sound Mixing