The Truth Hurts is the captivating account from criminal barrister Andrew Boe. A child of Burmese migrants fleeing a military junta, Andrew evolved from a shy, naive law clerk into a lawyer whose unbridled willingness to speak the truth has riled many within the Australian legal establishment. Andrew has represented a range of characters from serial killer Ivan Milat and political animal Clive Palmer, to vulnerable Indigenous communities on Palm Island and ordinary people facing challenges within the Australian criminal justice system. Andrew joins Rachel Perkins to discuss his unflinching exploration of the fault lines in our justice system.

Andrew Boe (Australian)

Andrew Boe

Andrew Boe is a criminal barrister based in Sydney and Brisbane. His legal work has taken him to Broome, Alice Springs, the Gulf of Carpentaria, as well as most cities and towns on the eastern seaboard of Australia with a courthouse. He has represented a serial killer (Ivan Milat), vulnerable Indigenous communities (including Palm Island & Yuendumu), political animals (One Nation proponent David Ettridge, Indigenous MP Billy Gordon and billionaire Clive Palmer), women who have been battered by their partners, men who have done the battering, as well as ordinary people facing challenges within the Australian criminal justice system. Andrew has written widely about criminal and social justice matters, albeit till now in journalistic and news comment format and was a panellist on the ABC's Q&A program in 2009. The issues concerning Palm Island are the subject of Chloe Hooper's award winning book The Tall Man and the SBS television documentary with the same title. His experience of Australian law is a unique one, but the issues he speaks of are necessary reading for all Australians. Andrew was born in Burma and arrived in Australia with his parents and four brothers in the late sixties as political refugees. The Truth Hurts is his debut literary work.

Rachel Perkins (Australian)

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins is a filmmaker. Her most recent works include Total Control, Mystery Road and Redfern Now. Her company Blackfella Films, which she operates with business partner Darren Dale, produced the documentary adaptation of Chloe Hooper's book The Tall Man, which featured Andrew Boe.