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Thomas Keneally AO: Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

Race Race Discrimination
Thursday 31 October, 2019
Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture 2019

This year's lecture by Thomas Keneally AO is entitled:

The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer


The Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture is an annual public lecture held by the Australian Human Rights Commission to honour the memory of the Hon. Kep Enderby QC (1926-2015), who as Attorney-General introduced the Racial Discrimination Bill in the House of Representatives on 13 February 1975.

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) was enacted by parliament on 11 June 1975 and came into force in October of that year. Each year, the Lecture is given by a leading figure to advance public understanding and debate about racism, race relations and the Racial Discrimination Act.

Thomas Keneally AO is one of Australia's best known and prolific writers. He was born in 1935 and has written close to sixty novels and non-fiction works. He won the Booker Prize in 1982 for Schindler’s Ark, based on the life of Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler, who saved 1,200 Jews during World War II.

Tom has also won the Miles Franklin Award, the Los Angeles Times Prize, the Mondello International Prize, the Helmrich Award (US), the Trebbia International prize from the Czech and Slovak governments. He also has been made a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. He is recipient of the University of California gold medal, is an Officer of the Order of Australia, a National Living Treasure, and is now the subject of a 55 cent Australian stamp.

Tom has since become an ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Centre and recently co-authored A Country Too Far, an anthology by 27 of Australia’s finest writers about the asylum seeker experience.

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