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Chief Justice to deliver inaugural race relations lecture

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Chief Justice French of the High Court of Australia

The Hon. Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, will deliver the inaugural Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture in Sydney on October 22.

The Australian Human Rights Commission will be hosting the lecture to mark the 40th anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act.

The lecture is named in memory of the Hon. Kep Enderby QC, who as Attorney-General in 1975 introduced the Racial Discrimination Bill in the the House of Representatives.

“There are few better qualified than Chief Justice French to reflect on the impact and significance of the Racial Discrimination Act, Australia’s first federal human rights and anti-discrimination legislation. During the past four decades, the Act has stood as our society’s official statement against racism,” Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said.

This will be the concluding event in a series of activities that have taken place over the year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act, which came into effect on 31 October, 1975.

In February, an academic conference was held which was addressed by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. During March and April the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted consultations in all of the states and territories about community experiences of racial discrimination.

In June, former Liberal federal minister the Hon Fred Chaney AO launched Dr Soutphommasane’s new book I’m Not Racist But… which explores the impact of the Racial Discrimination Act and the ongoing challenge of building racial tolerance and cultural harmony.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Location: The Theatre, Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street
Darling Harbour NSW 2000

Access: This venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any requirements that will assist your full participation in this event please let us know at:

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