Queenslanders in conversation November 2016


A diverse panel of speakers discuss what impact policy and legislation have on our ingrained cultures and attitudes; some of the limiting factors of the current legislation, who are not protected and what happens when there is a conflict between the right to equality and other human rights. The talk coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) and the significant impact the Act has had on creating a greater sense of inclusiveness for individuals and communities across Queensland.
Join us for the fourth and final session of the Queenslanders in Conversation talk series for 2016 as our panellists discuss Has Queensland become’ too PC’?

Meet the panel
Kevin Cocks AM 
A highly respected human rights and disabilities advocate, commenced his appointment as Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in February 2011. Kevin holds a Masters of Social Welfare, Administration & Planning from the University of Queensland and has received the following Community Recognition awards: Awarded an AM in 2010 for promotion of Human Rights for people with disability in Australia; Awarded Australian Human Rights Medal 2005; Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC); Awarded Centenary Medal ‘for distinguished service to disability services in Queensland’ in 2003.  And the QUT award ‘the Humanities and Human Services Outstanding Alumni Award’ for 2003. This award recognises the contribution of for exceptional professional achievement and contribution to the community at Local, State, National and International level.

Anita Goon Wymarra
Anita Is a Gudang, Yadhaykenu, Takalaka woman from the Northern Peninsula Area and Gulf Country of Queensland. Her background is in Law and Criminology. She is a very proactive member in the Brisbane Aboriginal Community as well as her own community. As an editor of the only Aboriginal magazine of its kind in Australia, The Black Rising provides a platform for grass roots voices to be and heard and acknowledged.  She joins our panel to provide perspective and engage dialogue as an Aboriginal Woman with the current anti-discrimination conversations.

James Allan
Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.  He is a native born Canadian who practised law at a large firm in Toronto and then at the Bar in London before moving to teach law in Hong Kong, New Zealand and then Australia.  He has had sabbaticals at the Cornell Law School and the University of San Diego School of Law in the US and at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Dalhousie Law School in Canada (where he was the Bertha Wilson Visiting Professor of Human Rights).
Allan has published widely in the areas of constitutional law, legal philosophy and bill of rights scepticism. Allan also writes regularly for weeklies and monthlies including being a regular contributor to The Australian, The Spectator Australia, and Quadrant.  He was elected to the Mont Pelerin Society in 2011.

Harriet Smith
Harriet is currently completing a Masters of Economics at QUT, focusing on the application of economics in areas with asymmetric information.  She is interested in the intersection of human nature, decision-making and the creation of systems and endeavours to educate people on what influences them to make decisions. Her work as part of the Queensland committee of the Economic Society of Australia involves facilitating the spread of economic ideas and training.  Her interests include occasional researcher for the Menzies Research Centre, US Studies Centre and private clients working on public policy. She has been known to write for blogs and has been successful in receiving a number of scholarships to further her interests in economics, political philosophy, history and culture.

Queenslanders in conversation continues exploring our individual and collective identities and our sense of belonging to family, communities and state.
Join 612 ABC Brisbane’s Kelly Higgins-Devine as she hosts discussions between high profile panellists, audience members, and online viewers.

Date: Thu 17 Nov 2016, 6:00pm - 07:15pm
Venue: SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2.

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