Mohamed Semra winning the 'Racism. It Stops With Me' essay prize, presented by Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Celebrating 41 years of the Racial Discrimination Act

On this day, 41 years ago, the Racial Discrimination Act came into effect.“The Act is Australian society’s official statement against racial discrimination,” said Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.“It has been the foundation of...
Monday 31 October 2016
David Morrison, Kep Enderby

Why we can be proud of Kep Enderby's legacy

Australian of the Year David and former Chief of Army, David Morrison, delivered the 2nd annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture on 27 October, focussing on the themes of culture, inclusion and the human right to be free from discrimination.The annual...
Friday 28 October 2016

Why we should speak out against racism and intolerance

"Debates about racism in Australia are always contentious, more so when they involve our political representatives."However, we should be forthright in speaking out against appeals to fear. We should resist attempts to divide Australians according...
Wednesday 21 September 2016
Photo of artistic protest "Unlearn Racism" on LED signs. Photo CC by Joe Brusky

Race hate and the RDA: the facts of the matter

What happens when people don’t respect reason or refuse to respect others? And what happens if right-wing populism becomes mainstream?Speaking at the Festival of Democracy 2016, Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane,...
Tuesday 6 September 2016
Dr Tim Soutphommasane and cover of Leading For Change report (2016)

Blueprint challenges Anglo-Celtic dominance of leadership roles

A landmark study of leadership in business, politics, government and civil society has revealed an overwhelming Anglo-Celtic dominance that belies the cultural diversity of Australian society.“Our society celebrates its multicultural character, but...
Friday 29 July 2016