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Wednesday 14 June 2017, 5:30pm

2017 Australians of the Year: inspiring change in human rights

Australians Of The Year - Inspiring Change In Human Rights - 6 speakers

Join us for the Australians of the Year Human Rights event!

Introduced by the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, and presented by ABC's Kumi Taguchi, these four remarkable Australians will share their inspiring stories and views on human rights issues.

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2017 Australians of the Year: Inspiring Change in Human Rights panellists:

Jason Ball
2017 VIC Young Australian of the Year
Jason, an openly gay AFL player, used his profile to shine a light on homophobia in sport, taking the conversation to schools, sporting clubs and conferences, highlighting the link between mental health and inclusion.

Andrea Mason
2017 NT Australian of the Year
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council, Andrea brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal thinking to create employment, support health and wellbeing, and tackle domestic violence and other social challenges. 

Deng Adut
2017 NSW Australian of the Year
From an illiterate child soldier in his homeland of Sudan, to a criminal lawyer in Western Sydney; Deng’s inspiring story demonstrates the contributions that refugees can make in Australia.

Yasmin Khan
2017 QLD Australia’s Local Hero
Yasmin is a dedicated diversity champion – working with schools, media and community groups to enhance their understanding of Islam – and helps victims of domestic violence.

Event details
Wednesday 14 June
Doors open at 5pm, for 5:30 - 7:00pm

Watch on ABC News24 6:00 - 7:00pm

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is essential -


Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible via the Druitt Street entrance (opposite the Queen Victoria Building). There will be interpreters at this event, if you also require captioning, you can view live captions on your personal mobile device.

If you have any queries or requirements that will assist in your full participation of this event please contact the National Australia Day Council via phone (02 6120 0600) or