The  Committee manages the business of NSWCCL. It consists of 15 ordinary members (in addition to the Executive  members) and is elected annually. The Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month usually in the Council Chambers of the Sydney Town Hall.  CCL members are welcome to attend. 

Martin BibbyMartin Bibby

Martin has been a member of the Committee since 2004. He was Assistant Secretary for a number of years and  convener of civil rights subcommittee 2007-2013.  Martin writes a large number of CCL’s submissions in relation to civil liberties and human rights issues. 

Formerly President of: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, NSW Institute for Educational Research, Schoolwatch Committee;  Chair of the Board of Educational Philosophy and Theory and the ethics committee of the Australian Association for Research in Education; secretary of the Federation of Australian Postgraduate Associations

AngelaCatallo180x220.jpg Angela Catallo

Angela is a Welfare Officer with the NSW Teachers Federation and before that a High School English and ESL teacher in South-Western Sydney. In her present role she is involved in advising on the industrial rights of workers.

With a background teaching students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds she has an interest in immigration policy and the availability of social and legal rights to the less advantaged members of our society.




simon_bruck_small.jpgSimon Bruck

Simon Bruck joined the Committee in October 2018.

Simon is currently a Senior Solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service which is a community legal centre working for the rights of people seeking asylum. He previously worked at Legal Aid NSW. Simon is an Executive Councillor of NSW Young Lawyers and Vice-Chair of its Human Rights Committee, and he sits on the Law Society of NSW Human Rights Committee. Simon believes in access to justice and is concerned about the weakening of civil liberties.

Simon is the Convenor of the Civil and Human Rights Action Group and in that role is involved in the Alliance for a Human Rights Act for NSW Campaign


Therese Cochrane

 Therese is a lawyer who has studied and worked in Australia and Europe. Her work in private practice and in-house has been in banking and finance. Therese has served previously as Secretary of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties between 2015 and 2018.

She has been interested in human rights and civil liberties since university and has participated in various organisations and campaigns over the years. Her focus is the treatment of asylum seekers (particularly children), maintenance of the rule of law and privacy.

She has undergraduate degrees in economics and law from the University of Sydney and a Masters Degree in law from the University of Cambridge. Therese is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 



mramage.jpg Malcolm Ramage QC

Malcolm is a barrister specializing in criminal law. He was appointed QC in 1990. Malcolm has been a NSWCCL member since about 1971 and has has held the role of President. Malcolm is the convenor of the Legal Panel. 

Hans_Heilpern180x220.jpgHans Heilpern

Hans Heilpern is currently a legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. As an academic he developed and taught in the first NSW tertiary courses for police and prison officers.

During the Wran Labor Government he was chief of staff to the Attorney General and later the Director General of the Department of Community Services.

Hans has been a member of a number of Commonwealth and State tribunals and was a member of the NSW Parole Board.

He was a special consultant to Commonwealth Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Commonwealth Minister for Health in connection with HIV/AIDS in prison. He was a Commissioner on the Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland.


michelle_photo_bio_(003).jpgMichelle Falstein 

Michelle practiced as a solicitor in Sydney’s CBD for over 30 years and has Bachelors degrees, in Arts/Law (UNSW) and Science (USYD), and a Masters in Environmental Law (USYD). She rejoined NSWCCL in 2016; was appointed to the committee in 2018; and is currently the convenor of the Privacy committee.

Michelle has always had a strong interest in civil rights and law reform, particularly the decriminalisation of abortion. Her submissions have dealt with privacy issues in the My Health Record, Identity Matching Services, the Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images and mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients.

maria_nawaz_small.jpgMaria Nawaz 

Maria was nominated as a member of the CCL Committee in October 2018.

Maria is the Law Reform and Policy Solicitor at Kingsford Legal Centre and a Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor at the UNSW Human Rights Clinic. Maria has previously worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and at Legal Aid NSW. Maria specialises in human rights and discrimination law.

Anish Bhasin