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Q&A Community and Inclusion - South West

Tuesday, 06 September 2016


Community members are invited to a special Q&A event at Edith Cowan University where a panel of guests will answer questions and discuss issues related to ‘Community and Inclusion’. The event will be hosted by Clare Negus from the ABC.

The purpose of this event is to discuss issues within our communities, both local and nationally, and to raise awareness of human rights and social justice; shining a light on the injustices that are taking place. It is important that we hear the voices of all people, not just those with the loudest voice or those who have control over media. We need to recognise the power that one person can have and how you can harness that power, as each of our panellists do and have done in their own way.

In our current national and global political environment it is important to have discussion about how upholding human rights and social justice starts with each individual. It is important to acknowledge that no matter what your religious beliefs are, the colour of your skin, who you love, or where you sit on the political continuum, that we are all human and each individual deserves to be treated in humane and respectful ways.

This event will provide a forum for people to have their voice heard. It will take time for discussion and debate, and from that we can all become informed and not base our fears on mistruths or dominant discourse.

The panellists for the event include:

Father Rod Bower

Anglican Church of Gosford. Social justice and human rights advocate well known for the signage outside his church and more recently, for an incident where an anti-Islam group disrupted the Sunday Service.

Lynne MacLaren MLC

Greens elected member of the Legislative Council since 2009. Lynne was a senior policy officer for WACOSS prior to entering politics and has been heavily involved in a number of policy issues relating to community, equality and the environment.

Dr Steve Thomas

Steve was the Liberal elected member in the Legislative Assembly for the seat of Capel. After losing his seat in the 2008 election, he has worked as an advisor to Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino and is a candidate for the Legislative Council for the state election in 2017.

Lesley Nelson

Lesley is CEO of South West Aboriginal Medical Service. Lesley has had extensive experience in the corporate and health sectors. With a Bachelor of Commerce, a Masters in Applied Epidemiology and Masters of Business Administration (MBA), she has had a stewardship for mainstream Indigenous strategic policy, often being at the forefront of new and significant program implementation. Lesley is a proud Whadjuk & Ballardong woman.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Time: 6.00pm (for 6.30pm start) – 8.00pm
Venue: Edith Cowan University South West Campus, Building 6
All are welcome. Refreshments and conversation after the event, so please RSVP for catering purposes.


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