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About the Speaker Series

Speaker Series #3 – ‘More than words – turning the Charter principles into actions’ – 29 March 2019

After coming together for A Taste of Harmony networking morning tea, we heard from the Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, on translating the Multicultural Queensland Charter principles into reality through meaningful actions.

Chin then joined a panel discussion on the practical ways all corporate, non-profit and public sector organisations can bring the Charter principles to life in these contexts. The expert panellists who joined Chin for this discussion were: Ian Stewart, Commissioner of Police, Queensland Police Service; Kathleen Forrester, Deputy Director-General, Strategy Policy and Planning Division, Queensland Health; and Sara Parrott, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Suncorp Group.

Opening address: The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Keynote address: ‘Cultural diversity – transforming aspirations into realities’, Chin Tan,
Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Panel discussion: ‘How to bring the Charter to life in practical and meaningful ways’
Chin Tan, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission;
Ian Stewart, Commissioner of Police, Queensland Police Service;
Kathleen Forrester, Deputy Director-General, Strategy Policy and Planning Division, Queensland Health;
Sara Parrott, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Suncorp Group.

Speaker Series #2 – ‘Leading Inclusion’ – 7 June 2018

Opening address: The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Keynote address: Tasneem Chopra, Cross-Cultural Consultant and Director – “Inclusive leadership, diversity & unconscious bias”

Panel discussion: “Practical ways to champion diversity and inclusion”

Testimonials

Hearing practical advice about how to embed inclusive practices in the workplace was really useful. Raising the issue of how we can tackle systemic, unconscious exclusive behaviours was very thought provoking, a big thanks to all the panel speakers
—Jane Storr, TAFE Queensland

Tasneem was an inspirational and mesmerising speaker. I could have listened to her all afternoon! I appreciated an update on the latest initiatives and research that best promotes diversity and inclusion.
—Angela Powell, Hudson

Speaker Series #1 – ‘Diversity Works’ – 13 March 2018

Multicultural Queensland Charter Speaker Series – Diversity Works

Keynote address: Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner
“Diversity works – but you’ve got to work for it”

Keynote address: Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive, Queensland Public Service Commission
“Towards an inclusive and diverse workplace – why and how”

Panel discussion: “Recruiting a diverse workforce”

Closing address: The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Testimonials

Great session, great speakers and very engaging. Great opportunity to network
—Scott Harrison, Surf Life Saving QLD

Excellent event, broadened my thinking on this topic from a different perspective. Will make me think more about diversity and how I can support this in my role at work and at home!
—Nick Shaw, Department of Transport and Main Roads