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Sharing the stories of Australian Muslims: Interim findings

Advancing Community Cohesion Conference

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Dharawal people.  I would like to recognise Dharawal elders – past, present and future – and to express my on-going commitment to the protection and promotion of their culture, language and lore. Dharawal people cared for and inhabited land from Botany Bay to the Shoalhaven River and Nowra and inland to Camden and I am privileged to be here on their land and near their waters. 

Melbourne youth lead anti-racism campaign

Majak Daw and Jamie Macmillan from the North Melbourne Football Club have helped launch Be Brave, Speak Up, a youth-led campaign to encourage young people to take a stand against racism.

A small group of young people from the not-for-profit youth group, The Huddle, took the opportunity to create a campaign they felt strongly about. Racism was the subject they wanted to discuss. 

National forum examines racial tolerance

Journalists, academics, and multicultural community leaders joined a series of panel discussions at the Australian Human Rights Commission on 12 June, as part of the 2018 National Forum on Racial Tolerance and Community Harmony.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane opened the forum with a challenge and a warning.

“At a time when extremist nationalism is on the march, we should be ramping up our efforts to fight racism,” Dr Soutphommasane said in his opening remarks.

Prof. Marcia Langton delivers Kep Enderby lecture

Leading public intellectual Professor Marcia Langton AM delivered the 4th Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture to a full house at the State Library of NSW on 12 June, saying the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) has worked well since it became law and should not be amended or repealed.

The Australian Human Rights Commission hosts the annual lecture in honour of Kep Enderby QC, who was Federal Attorney-General when the RDA became law in 1975.

Commissioner hosts Cultural Diversity and Leadership Forum

Leaders from Australian business, government, media and higher education joined a Cultural Diversity and Leadership Forum on 7 June, hosted by Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane in Sydney.

Commissioner delivers anti-racism message to media agencies

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has highlighted the need to embrace cultural diversity and to recognise racism in a speech to executives from advertising, media and communications agencies on 28 May.

The Commissioner told the changing the ratio forum that Australia’s multiculturalism is not yet reflected in the national media and in the leadership ranks of organisations in business, politics, government and civil society.

Cultural diversity report launched at University of Sydney

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane launched the Australian Human Rights Commission report Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership revisited on 11 April 2018.

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation CEO, Swati Dave, Clayton Utz partner Cilla Robinson and the Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell, joined a panel discussion about cultural diversity and leadership.

Australian leadership falls short on cultural diversity

If you want to see what Australia’s multicultural success looks like, go to a high school prize night in one of our major cities. Chances are you’ll see children of migrants dominating the prize-winners.

It’s not just anecdotal observation. Just last month, research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed that the children of migrants from India, the Philippines and China were outperforming their Australian-born classmates – by significant margins.

‘A mere cricket’s team worth of diversity’: Australian leadership study

New research released by Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has found only eight chief executives within the ASX 200 companies have a non-European background – enough to squeeze into a Tarago.

“Of the 30 members of the Federal Ministry, there is no one who has a non-European background, and one who has an Indigenous background,” Dr Soutphommasane writes.

Australian leadership falls short on cultural diversity

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has revisited his Leading for Change (2016) report and found a persistent lack of cultural diversity among leaders in business, politics, government and universities.

On 11 April 2018, the Commissioner launches new research that establishes Anglo-Celtic Australians and those of European background continue to dominate the ranks of Australian chief executives by as much as 97%.