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The Chinese presence in Australia

Two hundred years ago, almost to the day, on 27 February 1818, Mak Sai Ying arrived in Port Jackson, on the ship Laurel. Mak was the first known Chinese immigrant to arrive in the colony of New South Wales. Mak Sai Ying purchased land here in Parramatta and became a carpenter, He worked for John Blaxland, one of the colony’s prominent landowners and merchants. In 1829, he was granted the licence to run The Golden Lion Hotel on Church Street (a few hundred metres around the corner from where we are here at Western Sydney University).

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Race Discrimination

Graduation speech: Moral courage

Speech given at University of South Australia Graduation Ceremony Check against delivery It is wonderful to be joining you this afternoon. To all those who will be graduating very shortly, my warmest congratulations to you. And my congratulations as well to the proud families of graduands. In...

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Race Discrimination

Introductory remarks at the 2nd Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

Speech given at the 2nd Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture, University of Technology Sydney Next Monday, 31 October, we will mark the 41st anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act coming into effect. The Act is Australian society’s official statement against racial discrimination. It has been...

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Race Discrimination

Global Day of Dignity speech

Speech given at UNSW Kaldor Centre's Global Day of Dignity event at NSW Parliament House, Sydney Good morning everyone and thank you for that kind introduction. I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay respects to their elders...

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Race Discrimination

The challenge of Social Cohesion

Speech given at the ANU Research School of Psychology Annual Lecture We live in interesting times. We live in times when tolerance and harmony are becoming elusive, when intolerance and division are becoming the norm. In the United States, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for President –...

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Race Discrimination

Graduation speech: Knowing thyself – University of Sydney

Graduands, my warmest congratulations. It may be Friday the 13th, but this is clearly an auspicious day. I am honoured to be celebrating this occasion with you. It gives me special pleasure to be with you as an alumnus of the Department. There is a special bond among Sydney’s graduates of Government...

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Race Discrimination

Building social cohesion

I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Darug people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to elders past and present. I also acknowledge the fine work of the University of Western Sydney, particularly Dr Sev Ozdowski, in putting together this conference. It’s most...

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Race Discrimination

The Asianisation of Australia?

Keynote speech to Asian Studies Association of Australia Annual Conference, “AsiaScapes: Contesting Borders”

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