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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|

Thank You to Everyday Heroes

As a Director on the Board of Ambulance Victoria, I am so very proud of the work of our first responders and our paramedics in particular.  This video, however, is an acknowledgement of thanks to the citizen responders who turned up in a show of heart warming unity to attend & support strangers during the carnage of the Bourke street car rampage two weeks ago. The spirit of Melburnians showing guts and grace under fire [...]

February 3rd, 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|

Womens March to End All

Am feeling unexpectedly optimistic- at the sight of millions of women converging across the globe in solidarity against sexism, racism and human rights abuses. Collectively, millions of voices are gaining momentum at a critical time. And while countering change will take more than a March, it is futile without investment from people at grassroots through to policy making levels - ALL starting from the same page. THIS is what this #WomensMarch represents to me; a shared [...]

January 22nd, 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!! https://www.liv.asn.au/CPD-Networking/CPD-Networking/Mar-2017/Dame-Roma-Mitchell-Memorial-Lunch?utm_source=170310-DameRoma&utm_medium=website&utm_term=&utm_content=slider&utm_campaign=slider

January 17th, 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 [...]

January 10th, 2017|

Melting Pots of Koshari Goodness

Thank you Yusra Metwally & Walid El Sabbagh of 'Koshari Korner' fame in Sydney, for bringing this Egyptian street food to my Melbourne corner. This was an absolute feast of measured rice, pasta, lentils, onions, magic sauce and spiced oil goodness that has to be tasted to be believed. You went over and above  with your time, prep and generosity- creating a masterpiece which we need in Melbourne ! Sharing your Koshari, I observed our [...]

December 30th, 2016|

Frank, Sense & Myrrh: A Christmas Portrait with a twist

Thank you author and writer extraordinaire, Maxine Beneba Clarke (The Hate Race, Foreign Soil) for this candid portrait, for The Saturday Paper.  Over coffee and cheese pies we covered all things festive, fearful and forward thinking. With a salute to good bling, for good measure. It's not everyday you get to be interviewed by one of the country's finest writers, who by the way officially stated,  #slayed is the new #slew.  http://ow.ly/DYp9307owxX

December 24th, 2016|