Why we should speak out against racism and intolerance

"Debates about racism in Australia are always contentious, more so when they involve our political representatives."However, we should be forthright in speaking out against appeals to fear. We should resist attempts to divide Australians according...
Wednesday 21 September 2016
Photo of artistic protest "Unlearn Racism" on LED signs. Photo CC by Joe Brusky

Race hate and the RDA: the facts of the matter

What happens when people don’t respect reason or refuse to respect others? And what happens if right-wing populism becomes mainstream?Speaking at the Festival of Democracy 2016, Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane,...
Tuesday 6 September 2016
Dr Tim Soutphommasane and cover of Leading For Change report (2016)

Blueprint challenges Anglo-Celtic dominance of leadership roles

A landmark study of leadership in business, politics, government and civil society has revealed an overwhelming Anglo-Celtic dominance that belies the cultural diversity of Australian society.“Our society celebrates its multicultural character, but...
Friday 29 July 2016
Tim Soutphommasane

Politicians must not licence prejudice: Race Discrimination Commissioner

It is not in the national interest for politicians to give licence to prejudice, writes Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane. The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s the feeling you get sometimes about...
Tuesday 5 July 2016

Ethical leadership means taking a stance against racism

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane delivered the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Oration at the University of Melbourne on 23 June, addressing ethical issues surrounding race and diversity.“Demonstrating leadership on race...
Monday 27 June 2016