Thursday 29 November 2012
Dr Helen Szoke has resigned as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner to take up a new role as Chief Executive of Oxfam.
Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs said she would like to thank Dr Szoke for all her hard work.
“Dr Szoke is a dedicated and passionate advocate, who has contributed a great deal to the Commission’s work in countering racism.”
Professor Triggs paid tribute to Dr Szoke’s efforts in launching Australia’s first National Anti-Racism Strategy.
“The public awareness campaign ‘Racism: It Stops With Me’ is an exciting national initiative that has already attracted significant support from the Australian community,” Professor Triggs said.
Since its inception, more than 80 organisations have endorsed the campaign including the Australian Industry Group, Clubs Australia, Elders, Deloitte, AFL, Football Federation Australia and Cricket Australia
Professor Triggs also acknowledged Dr Szoke’s achievement in promoting the human rights of international students who come to Australia to study.
“Dr Szoke recently released a landmark report on international students, which suggests strategies to ensure their stay in Australia is safe, positive and productive,” says Professor Triggs.
Dr Szoke began work with the Commission in September 2011 and will leave her position in January.
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