Sunday 10th November 2013

AAA held its second expert panel discussion at Kingsgrove Community Centre. Sophie Cotsis MLC together with the St George region ALP sponsored and supported this event. The event was attended by 120 community leaders and individuals.

Kirsten Andrews (Head of PR and Media at University of Sydney and the former Chief of staff for Morris Iemma) and Alison Rahill (Community Organiser, UnionsNSW) were the MCs with Kirsten being the MC for the first half and Alison being the MC for the second half.

The panel discussions started with The Hon. Linda Burney conducting the Welcome to Country and opening proceedings. The Hon. Tony Burke, spoke on multiculturalism and the importance of advocacy networks such as AAA. Tony also touched on Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination legislation and put his support behind the growth of AAA. Dr Tim Soutphommasane (Race Discrimination Commissioner), provided an in depth discussion on section 18C and how the proposed changes will affect the Asian Australian community.

After a question and answer session, the second half touched on the issue of the lack of diversity in commercial media in Australia. Aisha Amjad (Vice President for Women in Film and Television NSW), spoke about the lack of diversity in commercial television. Joy Hopwood (Former Playschool presenter), spoke about the advocacy work she is doing together with the Media and Arts Alliance and Nicholas Brown (Indian Australian Actor), spoke about his journey and challenges.

This ended the formal proceedings. Community leaders and individuals were then invited to speak about their concerns to all the speakers as well as show case their community’s contributions.