7th Annual Parliament House Breakfast


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(Please note this event has been postponed from October 20, 2021 due to current Covid restrictions)

Please join
The Hon Catherine Cusack MLC
for the

7th Annual Parliament House Breakfast

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 (New date)
7.15am for 7.30am until 9.00am
Strangers Dining Room, Parliament House,
Macquarie Street, Sydney

Featuring our keynote speaker,
Robert Tickner, Chair of the Justice Reform Initiative (JRI)

Jailing is Failing

Tickets are $75.00
Corporate Tables  are $1,800.00
Community Tables  are $500.00
(plus Booking Fees)


What you need to know about the change in date:

  • – If you have already booked your tickets and are happy to roll your booking over to this new date, no further action is required on your part (other than noting the new date in your diary!)
  • – If you have already booked your tickets, but can no-longer attend on this new date, you might consider gifting your ticket to a friend or colleague, or get in touch with us –  and we will gladly provide it to a member of the community who would otherwise be unable to attend.  Alternatively, a refund can be organised too – just  get in touch and we’ll organise that as well.
  • – If you haven’t already booked  – please do so here.  While our scheduled date has changed, the program and speakers remain the same. Consider sharing the invitation with your networks and promoting the event whenever possible. Your support and attendance are very much appreciated.
  • – If you have booked a table, please forward this to your guests to let them know of the change and update their diaries.


Robert Tickner is the Chair of the Justice Reform Initiative, a recently formed national organisation committed to shifting the public conversation and public policy in Australia away from reliance on incarceration as the primary response of the criminal justice system. The Patrons in Chief of the Justice Reform Initiative are two former Governors General Sir William Deane and Dame Quentin Bryce.

Robert is a former Acting Under Secretary General of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation and the former Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross.

Robert served as Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1990-1996 and is Australia’s longest serving Minister of Indigenous Affairs. During this time Robert played a leading role in the passage of the Native Title Act, the initiation of the stolen generations inquiry, the creation of the national land fund and the national response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He was responsible for the initiation of the reconciliation process and the unanimous passage of the reconciliation legislation through the Australian parliament.

Robert holds Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics degrees and has written two books.

Tatea Riley is a proud Thungutti and Wanarrua women who grew up in the inner city suburb of Waterloo. Tatea has overcome tremendous adversity in her life including family relationship breakdowns, drug addiction, a death in custody, and a constant struggle to remain in stable housing and employment.

Tatea continues to work hard on her recovery, she has turned her life around by going to rehabilitation and attaining a diploma in community services. After receiving support from Deadly Connections a number of years ago, Tatea is now working with them as a Justice Specialist. Tatea will share with us her experiences to illustrate the struggles, setbacks and successes Aboriginal women experience in the criminal justice system.

About the Keeping Women Out of Prison Coalition (KWOOP)

KWOOP is an independent, authoritative voice advocating evidence based support, and is a sub-fund of the Sydney Community Foundation. Our coalition
includes: The Sydney Community Foundation through its KWOOP Fund, By My Side Fund and Sydney Women’s Fund, SHINE for Kids, Community Restorative Centre (CRC) through The Miranda Project, Women’s Justice Network, Zonta Club of Sydney, Australian Centre for Public and Population Health
Research UTS, Corrective Services NSW, Dress for Success Sydney, UNSW School of Social Sciences, Kathleen York House, Deadly Connections Inc, Soroptimists NSW, National Council of Women NSW, and the Country Women’s Association NSW.
Our purpose is to influence NSW systems, policy and practice in order to reduce the number of women in prison and to minimise the impacts on their families and children.

The Keeping Women Out of Prison Coalition is a sub-fund of the Sydney Community Foundation. If you can’t attend the Breakfast, you can still make a donation to support our work.

If you want to hear more about KWOOP, please email us at KWOOP@sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au

Can’t attend but would like to help?

If you are unable to attend but would like to help, please support our work by making an online donation to Sydney Community Foundation’s KWOOP sub-fund.

Funds raised as part of this year’s Breakfast will be donated to the Success Works Program through Dress for Success, Sydney. The Success Works Program supports women affected by the criminal justice system in their journey to employment. It offers career support workshops, coaching, resume assistance, peer support and job placement.