Repping Africa in Oz, One Episode at a Time..

Thrilled to be onset with Dorcas Uktovic, conversation host, to film a segment for Oz African TV .  Thank you for this opportunity to be part of your incredible enterprise - a television series celebrating the accomplishments of African Australians in varied capacities.  I spoke about cultural appropriation versus appreciation and how this program countered racism by affording platforms  for authentic voices;  poetic justice ??❤️  I look forward to seeing the final cut go to [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:25+00:00 May 7th, 2017|

Authentic Engagement that matters 

A memorable Welcome to Country from Jirrawong Country man, Jida Gulpilil to launch theAmbulance Victoria    "Consumer & Community Engagement Plan", in Bendigo. Jida is an undergrad paramedic (double degree in Health Science and Paramedical Science) via the AV pathways intake at Bendigo's La Trobe campus. Whilst studying, Jida is also fulfilling a role through AV of a Community Officer, reaching out to and mentoring  Indigenous youth locally. This accomplished and extraordinary man represents the [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:25+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

Marking the Media

In Brisbane today I participated  in a panel advisory review for a media training project with Griffith University. Colleagues included Michael Rose (Press Council), Prof Mohamad Abdallah, Yasmin Khan, Naseema Mustapha and Research Assoc, Abdi Hersi.  Robust conversations were had on training imperatives for journalists, ethics & motives. There was some critiquing on how stereotypical and lazy journalism could be mitigated with proper training via universities and within media organisations.  As long as custodians of [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:26+00:00 April 10th, 2017|

You Do Not Speak for Us

A message to one of the worlds most celebrated Islamaphobia Brand Ambassadors, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 'You Don't Speak For Us'. Congrats to all involved in making this happen, especially 'Persons of Interest' production.  This is a win for free speech that's not hateful and inciting violence. Two hours after this videos release, we learned AHA cancelled her tour, for a series of reasons.  It's important to note. She was not from stopped speaking in Australia- [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:26+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|

Drumming to a Brexit & Human Rights beat

Tonight on #TheDrum we discussed Brexit, the Australia-China extradition treaty & ACTU's call for $45/week increase to the minimum wage. Plus cats.  Joining host Ellen Fanning were co-host of ABC's Minefield podcast Scott Stephens, UK Conservative Party Peter Lilley MP, cross cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra & Menzies Research Centre's Nick Cater. Human rights China and Australia

2017-08-29T12:43:26+00:00 March 29th, 2017|

National Press Address- with Punch

Today I attended the National Press Club where Sen. Richard DiNatale , leader of the The Greens, made his first address since the election.  He canvassed issues of: A free and independent media Curtailing right wing and neoliberal ideology  Ending influence of big business and corporations as political party donors  Removing stamp duty The future of work, housing affordability, tax Working smarter not looking longer More flexible work hours The broken system that governs us [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:28+00:00 March 15th, 2017|

If you don’t know, now you do..

Ahead of International Women's Day next Wednesday, the #heraldsun profiles 50 Victorian women doing extraordinary things in their chosen fields. They pay tribute to them to in a magazine feature-  '50 Women You Need to Know'.  Am grateful to be represented in this cohort, though acknowledge the achievements of far more accomplished women from diverse communities need recognition too.  Here's to making a noise and making it loud enough to open doors and improve outcomes [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:34+00:00 March 4th, 2017|

It’s a Raf: The Week in Review

And that's a Raf.. 'News Therapy' for the week on Radio ABC Melbourne, summing up the big stories, from: the Essendon flight crash, Abbott/Turnbull antics, subverting stereotypes in advertising, faith leaders, poor sartorial choices, callous immigration policies and the grotesqueness that is bacon therapy. Loads of fun and irreverence.  Good times, thanks Raf Epstein and Nick McKenzie ✔️ Been a long week ?

2017-08-29T12:43:34+00:00 February 24th, 2017|

Fusing Passions, for Fifty Years of Latrobe Learning

Fusing two of my passions: Lentil As Anything  & La Trobe university  - in this video promotion of the upcoming Lawn Lunch in March, commemorating 50 Years of LaTrobe in 2017 for which Lentil is one of a small number of social enterprises involved in the celebration's catering .  "Introducing another of our social enterprise caterers who will be cooking up a storm for you at our Lawn Lunch in March: Lentil As Anything. "La [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:35+00:00 January 10th, 2017|