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16 - 20  NOVEMBER 2020

SOCIAL COHESION & INCLUSION

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

 
The Purpose

The conference will explore the settings, approaches, methods and experiences that will guide our country to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion into the future. Here those who are deeply thinking about the progress of our country are encouraged to come together to deliberate, share ideas and reflect on action

Presenters will share insights from which all can benefit to shape further action and refine current endeavours. Breakout sessions will enable participants to learn from each other's experience and ideas.

"The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens."

"Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch, the flowers of one garden."

Baha'i Writings

Presenters & Panelists

Keynote
Her Excellency the Hon. Margaret Beazley AC QC - Governor of New South Wales
Dr Anne Aly MP - Member of the House of Representatives
Rev. Tim Costello - Chair, Community Council of Australia
Dr. Brian Adams - Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University

 
Speakers and Panelists Include
Amy Churchouse - Founder, Good Karma Effect 
Dr. Chrisanthi Giotis - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Media Transition, UTS
Dr. Zeny Edwards OAM - Vice-President and Director for Community Engagement, World Citizens Association of Australia
Ray Minniecon - Pastor
Dr Kirk Zwangobani - Chair, ACT Multicultural Advisory Council
Prof. Stephen Pickard - Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Hugh Riminton - National Affairs Editor, Network 10 & Author, Journalist and Social Commentator
Jane Jeffes - Independent Producer, Director and Writer; former EP at ABC Religion & Ethics and co-founder of War On Slavery
Khayshie Tilak Ramesh - Youth Commissioner, Victorian Multicultural Commission
Ida Walker - Director of Public Discourse, Australian Baha'i Community

 
The Program
 
Conference Video Gallery
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Monday November 16th, 11am - 12:30pm (AEDT)

Opening & Official Launch of Creating an Inclusive Narrative Publication

Conference Host:

 

  • Ida Walker - Director of Public Discourse, Australian Baha'i Community

 

Keynote Addresses:

  • Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales - The Role of Leadership in Strengthening Social Cohesion

  • Dr Brian Adams - Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University - The End of the Age of Tolerance

Tuesday November 17th, 11am - 12:30pm (AEDT)

Panel: Reflection on Creating an Inclusive Narrative & Pathways for Action

Breakout Group Discussions

Moderator:

 

  • Venus Khalessi-Rad - Director of Media Relations, Australian Baha'i Community 

 

Panelists​:

  • Amy Churchouse - Founder, Good Karma Effect

  • Dr. Chrisanthi Giotis - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Media Transition, UTS

  • Dr Kirk Zwangobani - Chair, ACT Multicultural Advisory Council

  • Dr. Zeny Edwards - Vice-president and Director for Community Engagement, World Citizens Association of Australia

Followed by breakout discussions

Wednesday November 18th, 3:30pm - 5:00pm (AEDT)

Keynote Address: The Impact of COVID19 on Social Cohesion

Breakout Group Discussions

Moderator:

 

  • Anton Jones - National Secretary, Australian Baha'i Community 

Keynote Address:

  • Dr Anne Aly MP - Member of the House of Representatives 

Followed by breakout discussions. 

Thursday November 19th, 11am - 12:30pm (AEDT)

Presentation: Social and Economic Inequalities

Breakout Group Discussions

Moderator:

 

  • Shephalie Williams - Representative, Australian Baha'i Community 

 

Speaker: 

  • Rev. Tim Costello - Chair of the Community Council of Australia

Presenter: 

  • Khayshie Tilak Ramesh - Youth Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission

Followed by breakout discussions. 

Friday November 20th, 11am - 12:30pm (AEDT)

Panel: Social Cohesion and the Future We Want

Moderator:

 

  • Hugh Riminton - National Affairs Editor with Network 10 Author, Journalist & Social Commentator 

Panelists​:

  • Dr. Zeny Edwards - Vice-president and Director for Community Engagement, World Citizens Association of Australia

  • Ray Minniecon - Pastor

  • Ida Walker - Director of Public Discourse, Australian Baha'i Community

  • Prof. Stephen Pickard - Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

  • Jane Jeffes - Independent Producer, Director and Writer; former EP at ABC Religion & Ethics and co-founder of War On Slavery

  • Dr. Brian Adams - Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University

 
Conference Media
Conference Videos
Conference Photo Gallery
Day 1: Opening & Official Launch of Creating an Inclusive Narrative Publication
Day 2: Panel - Reflection on Creating an Inclusive Narrative & Pathways for Action
Day 3: Keynote Address - The Impact of COVID19 on Social Cohesion
Day 4: Presentation - Social and Economic Inequalities
Day 5: Panel - Social Cohesion and the Future We Want