TEDx Face of Tomorrow 

The calibre of my co-speakers at  tonights TEDx PaduaCollege, was exceptional. Georgia, Amelia, Bastian & Tim each brought personal insight and pathos to topics that affected them personally. From promoting critical thinking, consent & empathy, inclusivity of gendered identity and the onus of global citizenry- they had it covered well. Underlying themes of responsibility and making social change connected us all, as I spoke to structural racism and the individual cost. Congratulations Padua College for [...]

March 2nd, 2017|

Paramedic Superstars- Victoria’s Own

Congratulations to the over 200 paramedics graduating today at the #AmbulanceVictoria ceremony. Remarkable young Victorians dedicating their craft to the selfless service of others. An absolute honour as an AV Board member, to witness this, with over 700 colleagues, friends and family of these graduates in attendance. The quality, compassion and capability of our paramedics, situates them amongst the finest First Responders in the world.  And with a ceremony peppered with intimate interviews from graduates, [...]

February 26th, 2017|

The ISCV- Welcome Relief

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Islamic Shia Council of Victoria (ISCV) inaugural 'Meet & Greet Dinner'. The ISCV is home to over 50 Shi’a organisations across Victoria whose role is to represent the Shi’a community and be the point of contact between the government, the media and other NFP organisations for the state of Victoria. The theme for the evening was "unity" and as such hundreds of guests representing intra and interfaith [...]

February 24th, 2017|

UN Hears About Violence Against Women- Australian Scene

Today as Chair of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights, I participated in a consultation roundtable focusing on the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, with UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dr Dubravka Simonovic.  The UN Special Rapporteur is in Australia from 13-25 February 2017 to work closely with governments, treaty bodies, and NGOs in developing strategies to eliminate violence against women in all its forms.  [...]

February 24th, 2017|

Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Responsibility- ALHR  Conference 2017

Enjoyed a brilliant panel and presentation today at the #australianlawyersforhumanrights2017 conference. Speaking alongside Barrister and Indigenous activist, Tim Goodwin and former Tasmanian Anti- Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks- we addressed the topic of "Freedom of Speech: International Human Rights & the Current Australian Dialogue".  A salient and robust conversation about 18C, Islamophobia, privilege, power, right wing conservatives and the rise of racism amidst complicit political leaders. Pretty incredible session- thank you ALHR! . I am EVER [...]

February 17th, 2017|

Human Rights V’s Bigots Rights- Will We Make Australia Hate Again? 

This morning, as Chair of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights, I made a verbal submission on retaining and improving protections of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act at Parliament House in Melbourne. My co presenters included Helen Kapalos (VMC) , Joe Caputo (ECCV), Prof Joseph Camilleri & Yasser Soliman (MultiFaith Communities Council) and Andre Obeler (OHPI).  Submissions were made before a panel of cross party Federal parliamentarians and including time for [...]

January 31st, 2017|

Al Salam Festival Adelaide: Talking Peace & Politics

In Adelaide today at the Al Salam festival, I joined Federal Member for Cowan Anne Aly MP as we both presented 'Our Stories'. Each of us spoke of life and career paths, covering matters of racism, Indigenous land and diversity under threat. It was pleasure to share a platform with Anne and make plenty of noise before an amazing audience.  Aside from many outstanding local speakers, MP's and performers, the other colleagues I met included [...]

January 28th, 2017|

New Takes on Old School

A lovely evening at the #girtongrammar VCE Conference Dinner tonight. Co- alumnist, Tim Wastell & I, both delivered presentations to hopefully inspire this cohort of 2017 Year 12 students. We each spoke to issues of pursuing your passions despite obstacles, and accepting these could be overcome with diligence and the support of mentors/role models.   Coming full circle finding myself speaking to students of my high school, was cause to reflect on where time has [...]

January 24th, 2017|

All the Lady Lawyers

Looking forward to presenting a keynote speech for International Women's Day at the Dame Roma Mitchell Memorial Lunch, for Victorian Women Lawyers. A roomful of phenomenal women- no pressure then!!

January 17th, 2017|

Proud Moments in Bleak Times

My sister and I today were happily getting our Grad game on for our #LittleOnes. Feeling blessed, relieved and darn proud - seeing them where we once were ...Come full circle. Incidentally, @rmituniversity , congrats on pulling off a spectacular Graduation ceremony of thousands. The synchronised excellence of ten simultaneous stages conferring degrees, EVERY academic discipline represented-and a truly breathtaking Welcome To Country from Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy, with the Djirri Djirri Indigenous dancers and [...]

December 14th, 2016|