How has Australia’s response to the pandemic affected diverse communities? From the racial targeting of Asian Australians to the hard lockdown imposed on residents in Melbourne’s public housing towers, the pandemic has raised questions about the place of diverse communities in Australian society. What has equality and inclusion looked like in the year of Coronavirus? What lessons can be learned? And how can we ensure diverse communities are included in the road to recovery?
The Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture is an annual public event held by the Australian Human Rights Commission to honour the memory of the Hon. Kep Enderby QC (1926-2015), who as Attorney-General introduced the Racial Discrimination Bill to parliament in 1975. Each year, the Lecture advances public understanding and debate about the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, racism and race relations.
Because the usual public lecture in not possible this year, the Commission has organised a panel of leading voices for an online discussion of the theme:
"Racial Equality in the Time of Coronavirus"
- Nyadol Nyuon
- Ahmed Dini
- Jason Yat-Sen Li
- Diana Sayed
The 2020 Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the European Union Delegation to Australia.
The European Union is based on a strong commitment to promote and protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law worldwide. Human rights are at the very heart of the EU’s institutions and policies and its relations with countries and regions. Defending and promoting human rights is an imperative which helps to prevent and resolve violent conflicts and alleviate poverty.