WHEN: SAT 24 Sept 2016; 2:00-4:30pm
WHERE: Immigration Museum, Flinders Street, Melbourne
We’ve heard demands for a Royal Commission into Islam and calls to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act from newly elected politicians.
Meanwhile, Aboriginal people continue to be over-represented in prisons, to die in custody, wealthy Chinese investors have reignited fears of invasion and clashes between far-right and anti-facist / anti-racist groups over the last year signal racism as one of the deep fissures in the Australian ‘way of life’.
On the 20th Anniversary of Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech to Parliament on 10 September 1996, we reflect on the formation of the One Nation Party in 1997 and the renewal of racism and anti-racist action in Australian society.
Since Hanson was re-elected to the Australian Senate in July 2016, this event is also an opportunity to discuss her turn to Islamophobia and the current racial dividing lines in Australian society.
- Eugenia Flynn (writer, social commentator, freelance producer and arts worker, Aboriginal (Larrakiah & Tiwi), Malaysian Chinese and Muslim woman. Eugenia runs the blog Black Thoughts Live Here: Eugenia Flynn)
- Charandev Singh (human rights advocate, educator, paralegal, and advocate for prison abolition)
- Celeste Liddle (blogs on Black Feminist Ranter – Celeste Liddle, National Indigenous Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union)
MC: Shinen Wong (Convenor of the Asian Australian Democracy Caucus – AADC, writer, social commentator and public health professional)
Cost: $15 waged | $10 unwaged
We acknowledge that this event is held on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunwurrong people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge Elders, past, present and to come. We acknowledge this as sacred Aboriginal country that was never ceded. We hope that this dialogue may play some small role in the enactment of justice and healing of country.