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.