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Upcoming talks

Monday 30 May 2016, 5:30pm

RightsTalk: Media and Cultural Diversity

Benjamin Law, Helen Kapalos and Rob Shehadie

RightsTalk May 2016 with Benjamin Law, Helen Kapalos and Rob Shehadie

Join the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, on 30 May 2016 for a RightsTalk focussed on media and cultural diversity.

Featuring guest speakers Benjamin Law, Helen Kapalos and Rob Shehadie, the RightsTalk will explore the state of Australian media. Is our media diverse enough? What needs to be done? And will recent debates and controversies be enough to prompt some change?

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and TV screenwriter. He is also the author of two books - The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) - both of which were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. Mr Law is one of the writers on The Family Law, which has been adapted into a TV show for SBS.

Helen Kapalos chairs the Victorian Multicultural Commission and is an accomplished journalist, presenter, executive producer and filmmaker. During her media career she has worked for all three Australian commercial television networks and the two public broadcasters. Ms Kapalos is also a proud Greek Australian who is passionate about supporting Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Rob Shehadie is an actor, stand-up comedian and co-creator of the television show Here Come the Habibs. He is also widely known for his role in the TV comedy Fat Pizza which saw him nominated for a TV Week Logie in the category of “Most popular new talent”. Coming from a family with a Lebanese background, Mr Shehadie says his comic inspiration comes from his own life as well as others around him. Before turning to acting and comedy, Mr Shehadie was a full time Rugby Union player, representing Australia and New South Wales in schoolboy, under 19s and under 21s.

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Wednesday 1 June 2016, 5:30pm

2016 Australian of the Year Awards: inspiring change in human rights

Gillian Triggs, MC Julia Baird, David Morrison AO, Elizabeth Broderick AO, Julian McMahon, Nic Marchesi

RightsTalk 1 June 2016 Australians of the Year and Gillian Triggs

Each of these impressive Australians has an inspiring story to tell.

Introduced by President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, these Australian of the Year Award Alumni will share their passion around human rights issues.

  •     Gillian Triggs: President, Australian Human Rights Commission
  •     David Morrison AO: equality advocate  -  Australian of the Year
  •     Elizabeth Broderick AO:  social change innovator - NSW Australian of the Year
  •     Julian McMahon: human rights advocate - Vic Australian of the Year
  •     Nic Marchesi: social entrepreneur -  Young Australian of the Year

The Australian of the Year Awards in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission, City of Sydney and ABC present this annual event at Sydney Town Hall, broadcast on ABC News 24.

Date and Venue: Wednesday, 1 June, 5.30pm for 6-7pm, Sydney Town Hall.

Cost: RightsTalk is free and open to the general public, however spaces are limited. Please register at the link below. The venue is wheelchair accessible.