Wednesday 17 May 2017

Four remarkable Australians will discuss human rights at Sydney’s Town Hall next month.  They’ll be discussing how to bring Australians together around a range of hotly debated social issues.

The evening will be hosted by ABC’s Kumi Taguchi – registration is free and open to everybody. Outgoing President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, will be introducing the event.

It’s the third year that the Commission has combined with the National Australia Day Council, the City of Sydney and ABC News 24 to bring together a panel of impressive Australians of the Year.

On the panel for 2017 Australians of the Year: Inspiring Change in Human Rights will be:

Jason Ball
2017 VIC Young Australian of the Year
Jason, an openly gay AFL player, used his profile to shine a light on homophobia in sport, taking the conversation to schools, sporting clubs and conferences, highlighting the link between mental health and inclusion.

Andrea Mason
2017 NT Australian of the Year
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council, Andrea brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal thinking to create employment, support health and wellbeing, and tackle domestic violence and other social challenges. 

Deng Adut
2017 NSW Australian of the Year
From an illiterate child soldier in his homeland of Sudan, to a criminal lawyer in Western Sydney; Deng’s inspiring story demonstrates the contributions that refugees can make in Australia.

Yasmin Khan
2017 QLD Australia’s Local Hero
Yasmin is a dedicated diversity champion – working with schools, media and community groups to enhance their understanding of Islam – and helps victims of domestic violence.

Event details

Wednesday 14 June 2017
Sydney Town Hall
The event is open to the public. Registration is essential