Meet the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Panel

The Advisory Panel comprises up to 8 independent members who provide expert advice to the Council as we work to understand and address the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland’s criminal justice system.

The Advisory Panel is designed to give a stronger voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, a better sense of how Queensland communities are affected by current sentencing, and insight into what changes might be made to improve outcomes.

The Panel was launched in November 2018 and meets bimonthly.

Boneta-Marie Mabo

Boneta-Marie Mabo

Boneta-Marie is a visual artist and Youth Programs Manager at Sisters Inside, where she leads the Indigenous Art Program. She has collaborated with the Royal Australian Mint to design a commemorative 50c coin, was inaugural artist in-residence for the State Library of Queensland’s kuril dhagun Indigenous centre and won the 2015 People’s Choice award in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Telstra Art Award. Boneta-Marie is a Piadram, Munbarra, South Sea Islander woman. Piadram is her Mer Island clan in the Torres Strait through her grandfather Eddie Koiki Mabo and Munbarra – the traditional lands of what is known as Palm Island – through her grandmother Bonita Mabo. She is also a descendant of stolen sugar slaves from Tanna Island.

Laurie Bateman

Laurie Bateman

Laurie is a police officer serving in Townsville, having graduated from the Townsville Police Academy through the Indigenous Recruit Police Program (IRPP). Previously he was a Police Liaison Officer for the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in Cunnamulla.

His first job was as a sheep shearer, and he later worked as a shearing teacher and mentor for disengaged Indigenous youth at Merriman Station at Brewarrina, NSW. Laurie’s family are Kamilaroi People, from northern New South Wales, but he grew up in the heart of Kooma, in south west Queensland.

Stephen Tillett

Stephen Tillett

Stephen is the Executive Manager of the Indigenous Justice Program (Projects) in the Courts Innovation Program, Court Services Queensland. Previously he was the Acting Senior Sergeant, Project Manager for Cairns Safer Streets, improving community safety and well-being through community and whole-of-government partnerships. Stephen had been a police officer with QPS for 20 years, working throughout far north Queensland, including Cape York and the Torres Strait.

Stephen also volunteers as a Director for the Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club, and as a member of the Queensland Rugby League Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Stephen is a Torres Strait Islander; his mother is from St Paul’s on Moa Island.

Graham White

Graham White

Graham is Director of Sector Engagement and Communications at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, Brisbane. He has worked in government for more than 15 years, in roles that have involved policy development, program management, human resources and service delivery. He has also been involved with community sporting groups as a player, manager and in coaching positions all of his life.

Graham is an Iman man through his grandmother’s connection to the Taroom Mission; she was later relocated to Woorabinda.

Former members

  • Raymond Harrison  (November 2018 – July 2022)
  • Mr B Costello (November 2018 – September 2021)
  • Janet Hammill (November 2018 – July 2020)
  • Rebecca McKenzie (November 2018 – March 2020)
  • Melissa Lucashenko (November 2018 – August 2019)