The Australian Press Council has promoted current press council member Julie Kinross to vice-chair, while Zione Walker-Nthenda and Kirstie Parker have been appointed as a public member and industry member, respectively.
Ms Kinross is a lawyer in the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General. She previously served as Queensland’s Information Commissioner from 2008-2012, handling Right to Information reviews and handling privacy complaints. Ms Kinross has served as a press council member since 2013.
“Julie has been an exceptionally effective public member and her deep knowledge of press council matters and processes will now make her a truly excellent Vice-Chair,” said Press Council chairman Professor David Weisbrot.
Ms Walker-Nthenda will use her skills as a human rights lawyer to assist the Press Council as a public member from Melbourne.
Ms Parker will join as an industry panel member, providing an aboriginal perspective to the council. The Tuwallarai woman is currently chief executive of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and a director of Reconciliation Australia. She has previously been the editor of the Koori Mail newspaper .
The appointments follow several members stepping down from their positions, including Julian Gardner AM, Bryce Johns, Melissa Seymour-Dearness and Susan Skelly.
Mr Gardner, Ms Seymour-Dearness and Ms Skelly will remain as members of the adjudication panel for major complaints.