Harbourview Hotel, North Sydney NSW

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 who are at the forefront of thinking and experience will share insights from which all can benefit to shape further action and refine current endeavours. Ample time has been allocated to enable interaction between the audience and presenters during Q&A.

All those attending the conference will be encouraged to actively participate and offer their contributions during intimate roundtable discussions as part of the program.

"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

The Presenters


Hugh Mackay AO - Social Researcher and Author

Anthea Hancocks - CEO, Scanlon Foundation


Speakers and Panelists Include

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

Prof Asmi Wood - Interim Director, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU

Prof Monica Attard - Professor & Head of Journalism, UTS

Noel Debien - ABC Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Ruha Fifita - Auxiliary Board Member, Baha'i Community Queensland

Dr. Ansuya Naguran - Community Development Evaluation Officer, STARTTS

Dr. Usha Rodrigues - Senior Lecturer in Communication, Deakin University

May Sabet - Co-founder & Director, Twende Theatre

Klaus Veil - Vice President, Neighbourhood Connect

Will Wrathall - 'Big Ideas Forum', Northern Beaches Council


Social Cohesion Art Exhibition

Angie Hiscock

The Program

8:00 am   Registration Desk Opens and Welcome Refreshments

9:00 am   Conference Opening & Welcome to Country

9:25 am   Building A Culture of Compassion - Hugh Mackay AO


10:20 am Break


10:45 am Vision for Social Cohesion in Australia - Anthea Hancocks

11:25 am Enriching the Conversation-Indigenous Values & Ethics - Prof Asmi Wood

12:10 pm The Role of Media in Strengthening Social Cohesion, Panel - Prof Monica Attard, Noel                            Debien & Dr. Usha Rodrigues


1:00 pm   Break


1:45 pm   Creating An Inclusive Narrative - Roundtable Dialogues


3:15 pm   Break


3:40 pm   Insights from Grassroots Initiatives, Panel - Ruha Fifita, Klaus Veil, Dr. Ansuya Naguran,                       Will Wrathall & May Sabet


4:20 pm   The Role of Dialogue Spaces & Conference Summation - Dr. Brian Adams

5:00 pm   Conference Closes

Conference Media
Conference Video Gallery
Conference Photo Gallery
Conference Booklet