Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Meet our Commissioners

The Hon Margaret White AO

The Hon Margaret White AOThe Hon Margaret White brings considerable legal expertise to the role of Commissioner spanning over three decades.

On 18 July 1978, she was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and in 1983 commenced full time practice at the bar in Brisbane. On 5 March 1990, Ms White was appointed a master of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

On 2 April 1992, she was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She was the first woman to be appointed to the court. She was also a member of the University of Queensland senate (1993–2009) and deputy chancellor of the University of Queensland (2006–09) receiving an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Queensland in 2005.

The Hon Margaret White was the first member of the revived WRANSR in 1968 and served as a commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (2002–10) and deputy president of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal (Cth) (from 2008). She was appointed to the Queensland Court of Appeal on 15 April 2010.

In 2013, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia "for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law particularly in Queensland, as a leading contributor to legal education and reform, and to professional development and training". She retired in 2013 and is currently the Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Chair of the QPILCH LegalPod Reference Group, which assists young people transitioning from State care. Margaret is also a member of the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.

Mr Mick Gooda

Mr Mick GoodaCommissioner Mick Gooda brings significant expertise to the role as Commissioner. Mr Gooda is a proud descendent of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland and has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs throughout Australia for over 35 years.

Mr Gooda is the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2010 to August 2016. As Social Justice Commissioner, he advocated for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and to promote respect and understanding of these rights among the broader Australian community.

Mr Gooda actively promotes the concept of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being intimately involved in decisions that affect them. He has focused on the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Immediately prior to taking up the position of Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Gooda was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health. For five years as CEO, Mr Gooda drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 'front and centre' in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers.

He is currently also on the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.