Education & Research Articles

Reflections on...lunch with Thomas Albrecht

A charismatic Bavarian, Thomas’ enthusiasm for the subject of refugees was apparent from the moment he entered the room, introducing himself around the table and demonstrating an intent to actively engage the 12 of us around the table.  I don’t want the belabour the details of the event, but this is important because as anyone who has spent time in a soul-destroying, bureaucratic organisation will understand, to maintain such a level of enthusiasm after 28 years in one the wo...

Reflections on..."I'm not racist, but..."

At a recent lunch, Tim Soutphommasane brought exceptional intellect, understanding and wisdom to the discussion of racism in Victorian society today. Highlighting that although 86% of the Australian population support multiculturalism there are still challenges and opportunities. The debates surrounding proposed constitutional changes, citizenship laws and extremism, he explained, are strongly influenced by language and leadership but, more importantly, by each person’s commitment ...