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Racism

Race, dignity and the responsibility of lawyers

Speech given at the Wellness for Law Conference, University of Adelaide Law School

The law can sometimes feel remote from people’s lives. It can cast a shadow over everything that we do, yet for those who are not lawyers it can be hard to understand. The law – and lawyers – can speak a language that isn’t always accessible.

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 the foundation of racial equality and the legislative expression of Australian multiculturalism.

Walk Together 2016

Walk Together 2016 will be a huge celebration of diversity and a loud declaration that thousands of Australians believe we can become a nation known for our compassion, generosity and welcome.

Faced with increasing instances of fear and prejudice, it’s more important than ever for values of compassion and welcome to reign.

Join us – in your city; Saturday October 22

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Responding to intolerance

Speech given at the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Foundation's Annual Lecture in Bigotry and Intolerance, Australian National University

Debates about racism in Australia are always contentious. Today, we are regularly confronted with contests about what counts as racism and how we can best respond to it. It is timely, then, that the Freilich Foundation has convened this forum. And even more appropriate that it has returned to first principles in asking, ‘How do we define racism in modern Australia?’

Cultural diversity in leadership

Speech given at the 2016 Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture, University of Sydney Business School

It was 60 years ago that Professor Kingsley Laffer helped establish the first industrial relations course taught at the University of Sydney. As it has already been noted, Laffer was subsequently instrumental in setting up a Department of Industrial Relations here in what was then the Faculty of Economics.

Populism, Race and Democracy

Speech given at The Festival of Democracy, The University of Sydney

From whence do prophets come? Many of you will know of the 1976 film, Network. In the film’s most famous scene, news anchor Howard Beale launches into an extended tirade.

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.

Commissioner Soutphommasane warns of deterioration in community harmony

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane has warned of emerging threats to social cohesion and "serious concerns" about a "deterioration of community harmony".

The comments were made in his address to the National Press Club in Canberra today.

"I hold serious concerns about a deterioration of community harmony - a deterioration that warrants close attention from government and leaders," Commissioner Soutphommasane said.

Race relations: how much have we learned?

Check against delivery

Many of us will be familiar, one way or another, with the following scenario. A passenger on a train has launched into a racial tirade against another passenger. Some people in the carriage pause to watch the unfolding scene. Others avert their gaze. There is an air of nervous discomfort.

Social progress

University of Sydney Speech