George Newhouse - Principal Solicitor, Board Member
George Newhouse is the principal solicitor of the National Justice Project and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Macquarie University.
George is well known for his work in fighting for justice for the mentally ill, LGBTI Australians, immigrants, prisoners, asylum seekers, youth detainees, and Aboriginal Australians.
In 2006 he secured a legal victory for Vivian Solon, who was illegally deported from Australia to the Philippines and for Cornelia Rau who was wrongfully detained in an Australian detention centre for 10 months. As an advocate for Aboriginal rights, George has contested government and corporate actions against Aboriginal communities. He is experienced in Coronial legal practice and has appeared in a number of coronial inquests into Aboriginal and Asylum Seeker deaths in custody.
Laura Bianchi - Senior Lawyer
Laura was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2011. Laura has extensive experience providing legal assistance in relation to matters concerning the criminal justice system, coronial inquests, police accountability, youth detention, prisoners rights and discrimination.
Prior to relocating to New South Wales in January 2016, Laura worked for over three years for the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia, where she gained significant knowledge of Aboriginal legal and cultural issues, particularly those unique to regional and remote Australia. Laura has experience appearing as counsel in the Children's, Magistrates', District and Supreme Courts. She has also worked as a clerk at Albert Wolff Chambers and in private practice for clients on grants of Legal Aid in relation to a number of high profile criminal cases.
In addition, Laura has undertaken various volunteer opportunities in the community sector, including assisting to identify the first Stolen Generation test case in WA and interning at SCALES Community Legal Centre.
Laura also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (Journalism and Public Relations). She is passionate about combining her skills in communications, advocacy and the law to bring about positive change.
duncan fine - Lawyer, Board Member
Duncan Fine has been a lawyer for over 30 years and is also an author, journalist, media advisor and social commentator. Duncan worked in the commercial litigation department at the firm then known as Blake Dawson Waldron, one of Sydney's largest firms, working on cases in the NSW Supreme Court, the Federal Court and the High Court. He then worked in commercial litigation for Webeck Farland Pender, the firm that emerged from Simon & Baffsky.
He also worked on Aboriginal Land Claims in the Northern Territory and for the Aboriginal Legal Service.
Duncan has also worked for Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the Sydney Theatre Company.